Sail Date: September 2013
Just got off the ship today and just wanted to get online and let you all know that all of the amazing and positive reviews are all true! We loved every minute of our cruise. We had an interior cabin on Deck 8 (the Central Park deck). We ... Read More
Just got off the ship today and just wanted to get online and let you all know that all of the amazing and positive reviews are all true! We loved every minute of our cruise. We had an interior cabin on Deck 8 (the Central Park deck). We loved our cabin and the proximity to the Park Cafe for coffee each morning. I won't go into a lengthy review - but as I was unpacking, I thought of a couple of things that I hadn't seen on here. The first item is, if you've been on Freedom of the Seas, it is basically the same ship - just taller with zip line, Boardwalk and Central Park. The Promenade is the same, the Schooner Bar, Comedy Club, Sorrentos Pizza, Studio B, etc,,, are all the same. ---But, that's a good thing! Also, don't worry if you weren't able to get reservations to the shows you wanted. We made reservations to all shows, but a lot of other shows like Quest, Love and Marriage, Battle of Sexes, etc - came on during our reserved shows - so we didn't go to our reserved shows. We ended up seeing those on stand by and didn't have an issue. All shows in the big theatre don't even ask you for your reservation - they just let everyone in. Also, the comedy show was completely full and had no reservations available - but they did a couple of shows that didn't requre reservations and we were also able to go in via stand by. The final item I wanted to mention is that we did early express checkout and carried out own luggage. That was smart - but reserving the RCI shuttle instead of a cab was our mistake. We were off the ship by 6:15 and then they put us on a bus for an hour and a half waiting for the bus to fill up - meanwhile a cab ride woud've taken 5 minutes. Also, cabs are cheaper. Anyway, that's my 2 cents. It was wonderful and probably the best vacation I've taken. I highly recommend it.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
First the positives: Oasis is very interesting. The shows were excellent, with high quality performers. Our room stewardess was excellent and personable. The accessible room was spacious. There are a couple of inherent problems: ... Read More
First the positives: Oasis is very interesting. The shows were excellent, with high quality performers. Our room stewardess was excellent and personable. The accessible room was spacious. There are a couple of inherent problems: bathroom floor slippery on crutches when wet, ramp into the bathroom and opening of door a challenge, no shelves near the toilet. The bathroom was large enough to turn around in a wheelchair, and the shower was a good size. With the exception of our room stewardess, staff seemed to believe that they could not address a person in a wheelchair and talked to my husband and relatives instead of to me. Staff could use some training in this area. Being in a wheelchair does not mean a person cannot discuss their own food order. The ship is noisy and over crowded. Our room was a balcony over the Boardwalk, which was noisy until 11:30 pm most nights, even with the door closed. There was a bell on the Boardwalk that rang about every 30 minutes all day. These rooms are not for people who might want to relax in their room before 11:30 pm. The food reminded me of a college cafeteria. The worst food I have ever had on a cruise line was served in the formal dining room. The dining room is over crowded, with tables crammed together, and extremely noisy. A conversation with table mates sitting across the table was impossible. We ate one night, then began to eat in the pool deck cafeteria. We returned on formal night, to be served tough, tasteless lobster. Park Place had a nice salad bar, which became our lunch venue. Even the pizza, hamburgers, and corny dogs were mediocre. Stops in the Bahamas are dirty, impoverished and all sell the same goods. Beaches are beautiful, countryside was beautiful. So if you avoid the towns, you will do better. This would be a great place to take teens-lots of pool space and activities. We probably will not sail RC again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Everyhing about the cruise was just about perfect. From the easy embarkation at Fort Lauderdale to disembarkation going home. We actually made an 8AM flight out of FLL! I thought the food on this cruise was one of the best features. ... Read More
Everyhing about the cruise was just about perfect. From the easy embarkation at Fort Lauderdale to disembarkation going home. We actually made an 8AM flight out of FLL! I thought the food on this cruise was one of the best features. Everywhere we ate was good (Windjammer) to excellent (main dining room). We had the same waiter every evening and he was wonderful. We saw all the shows again they were terrific! For a full ship we did not feel the pressure of all the people. I think that the amount of space and various venues around the ship help to spread people out. The only complaint that I would have is the smoking in Bollero's in the promanade. This is also the first cruise where I didn't feel hammered by crew members trying to push drinks everywhere. Maybe RCCL has come to its senses and realizes that people do not need to be bullied into buying drinks. The ports of call were okay. We did not get off the ship in Cozumel as we have been many times before and enjoyed the empty ship. The solarium area is magnificent--lots of comfy lounge chairs and always a place to sit. We enjoyed the Boardwalk-lots of fun things. Lunch at the Seafood shack was good. I was not as in love with the Central Park area. I found it hot and humid and consequently we did not spend much time there. It is very pretty however and lunch at the cafe there was good. All in all a fabulous trip. I would recommend that everyone try this size ship at least once. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
This was our fifth Carribean cruise on Royal Carribean. We have traveled on Enchantment, Adventure and Freedom. We are in our early 60's, our companions were in their late 70's, early 80's. we are all seasoned cruisers. ... Read More
This was our fifth Carribean cruise on Royal Carribean. We have traveled on Enchantment, Adventure and Freedom. We are in our early 60's, our companions were in their late 70's, early 80's. we are all seasoned cruisers. My husband and I flew to Ft Lauderdale the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn Cruise Port which was a great choice. We took their free shuttle and were at the pier before 11:30 and check in was very easy. We had to sit for about 15 minutes before boarding. We had a balcony room on deck 10 which was perfect for us. The shower was larger than on previous ships. We had the 6:00 seating for dinner. The wait staff were excellent with a good choice of foods. We ate a Giovanni's Table. Food and service were good but we thought the food at Portofino was superior. Windjammer was always crowded so we ate breakfast in the dining room and lunch at Park Cafe which had a good selection of choices. The roast beef sandwiches are as good as other reviewers have noted. We especially liked Central Park as it was rarely crowded and a great place to people watch. While this is a very large ship this was the first time I felt the motion of the ship. Seas were relatively calm but there was definitely significant motion to the ship. In fact, the Splish Splash diving show was cancelled as the motion of the ship was causing a loss of water in the diving pool. All of the shows were excellent, comics were funny and clean. Come Fly With Me was excellent and the sand artist at the ice show was amazing. There are only 3 ports of call on Oasis. We took a cab to Atlantis as we had never been there, took the ferry ride to the national parks on St John and just went to the shops on St Maarten as we had been there previously. Disembarkation was very smooth. We opted for the choice to have RC take care of our luggage and boarding passes. For a $20 fee per person we put our bags out on Friday night and did not see them again until we arrived at JFK and our boarding passes were in our stateroom on Friday morning. Definitely worth the money. Disembarkation was relatively easy, about a 20 minute wait for customs. W're glad we chose to cruise on Oasis but will opt for smaller ships in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
First of all, let me apologize for my english. Sometimes it can sound funny or unusual, given it's not my native language. Background: I am a married, 32 years old male, soon to be a father of a little girl (wife is 31 and ... Read More
First of all, let me apologize for my english. Sometimes it can sound funny or unusual, given it's not my native language. Background: I am a married, 32 years old male, soon to be a father of a little girl (wife is 31 and expecting a beautiful girl for early october). We live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and traveled to US on vacation. This was our 3rd cruise. The other 2 were Majesty of the Seas (4 nights in Bahamas - May/2012) and MSC Lirica (8 nights in Mar del Plata - Jan/2010). We really enjoy being on a relaxed atmosphere, having the chance to have great dinners, play a few bucks at the slotmachines, watch a few shows and enjoy other entertainment options onboard. Despite living in a sunny place, we are not really into going to the beach. MIL lives fairly close and she has a pool at her home (which we prefer over the beach) so we are more into relaxing than beaches and sun. Of course we love the caribbean scenery beaches and snorkel aswell but that's not the main idea for us. As I said, our main goal with this cruise was to relax after 10 days in Orlando, shopping baby clothes and also visitng a few theme parks (wife had to watch me ride on almost everything since she could only ride a handful of attractions). That said, let's go to the group: we were also travelling with other family members. Wife's sister, her husband and 2 years old daughter. My mother-in-law and father-in-law. Also her cousing with husband and 3 kids (18 years old boy, 11 years old boy and 10 years old girl). And a couple of friends. A total of 6 staterooms with lots of different interests. We usually did different activities during the day and got together at night on a big single table to speak about the day and have dinner. Our arrival at Ft. Lauderdale was really easy. We left Orlando around 10 AM and drove through Turnpike for the next 3 1/2 hours following our Garmin GPS'es orientations. We stopped once for restrooms and coffee. One quick note here: roads are large, flat, very well conserved with not so many turns, no ups and downs and nothing to be done other than avoid sleeping. We were on a convoy of 3 Dodge Grand Caravans and 1 Chevrolet Trailblazer rented at Hertz and decided to head straight to the Hertz local branch at the Crowne Plaza, the closest to Port Everglades. From there we had our luggage loaded into the van and in less than 10 minutes the kind porters were helping us. Following advice from CC, I printed my labels in plain paper, folded and used 3M heavy duty clear tape bought at Walmart from less than $3. The other guys didn't do so, but porters helped them and since it was already 2 PM there was no rush at all at the embarkation. Gold C&A lanes weren't even needed since there were a lot of employees available. The only unexpected thing at this moment was the request for a doctor's letter stating the ammount of weeks of my wife's pregnancy. Apparently, pregnant women can only cruise if they have this letter and they're above 3 months and below 7 months. Our travel agent didn't say anything about that but we had the letter since it's also required by the air flight company - but it was in brazilian portuguese. The nice lady only asked to see the number of weeks and trusted my reading with subsequent translation. She also photocoppied the letter for archiving purposes. The whole thing was quick. Less than 10 minutes in total, including the letter reading/translation. The cruise (finally) begins... At around 3 PM we were onboard, just in time for a 10 minutes walk, getting to know our cabins (no luggage still) and leaving for the mandatory drill. No time for eating now, but we already knew this would probably happen when we left at 10 AM and had a good breakfast back in Orlando. After the drill, we headed straight to the Park Cafe to try the famous roast-beef sandwich. YES, IT IT REALLY THAT AMAZING. and also walked around the Boardwalk, Central Park, the Pools in the upper decks and back to the cabin, where our luggage was waiting for us. Our cabin was a large interior room on deck 3, 3836. It's location was perfect in our opinion. close enough to the elevators but in a middle hall with no waling traffic or excessive noise. The choice of an interior room was made based in three aspects: 1 - price; 2 - no need for fancy cabins since we stay out of it during the whole day and return just for showering and sleeping; 3 - complete darkness. The 2 only complaints regarding the cabin: safe should be bigger, to fit a laptop. I think it only fits an iPad. And the movie selection on the Portuguese channel of the TV was really poor. we only had The Amazing Spider Man and The Dark Knight Rises rotating in a proportion of 70% Spiderman and 30% Batman. And from Day 7 to the end of the cruise: premiere and non-stop runs of "Disembarkation Instructions".. Since wife does not speak english, we pretty much abandoned TV on the cruise (which is good from a switch-off perspective). Our stateroom attendant was William. He was really outstanding! Always smiling, ready to help and quick to answer our demands. Let's separate in topics 'cause this is going sooo long by now: Food: we never ordered any food at the room. Cannot talk about that. We dined at MDR evey night and except for one only night (I guess Day 5) I ordered two starters and two entrees. Overall impression is that food was good, fish and seafood was spetacular and meat overall ok. I like medium rare and everything always came cooked to my preference. Wife prefers well done and a couple of times they have to reorder. Our waiter was Anthony, from Goa, India. Assistant was Hugo, from Peru. They were both amazing. Anthony insisted in bringing plates we didn't ordered so we could try different things. A few people could find that pushy of his part, but that was his way and we actually enjoyed because a few members of the table did not speak english and most of the times were sticking to common well-known plates - that was their chance to try something different and tasty that otherwise they would never order. I am more like a foodie type and loved to try everything that was unusua at the menu (at least plates that aren't usually served in Brazil). During the course of the week we had breakfast at the MDR at times and also at the Windjammer. We prefered the Windjammer for having more fruit options. At the MDR we always went on buffet because this is quicker than a la-carte. Most of the afternoons had a visit to Park Cafe for a couple of the roast-beef sandwich. Drinks: we had the soda pack. really good value for the money. coke machines were more than enough and I never had to wait for more than one person in line. I don't like carrying the souvenir cup around but did that sometimes to try new soda flavors. but most of the time I stick(ed) to the regular coke served everywhere, from casino to pool bars. I enjoy premium beers and have quite a few of them. A couple everyday to be more reallistic. I never repeated and the Pub (something Atlas) at the Promenade has a very good selection. There was also a skinny black waiter there that was so funny. I can't remember the guy's name but his from Saint Vincent and loves to chat. I really enjoyed being that, drinking and chatting with him. Other times there was live music when everybody was singing together and I was not (only because I didn't know the lyrics - lol). Sports - zipline and flowrider are really funny. flowrider can be tried by anyone with or without experience. any bodyshape included (I'm 1,75m w/ 110kg - 5'9" w/ 242 pounds). My family and friends are so sure that I was going to fail really big that they were already laughing and with cameras set to record, but that never happened and everyone (including me) was surprised with my performance. I tried again one more time and it was really good! Instructors are patient and help everyone withouth the need for paying classes. I didn't see anyone having classes so I cannot say for sure that it's really not needed. But I think that you should try without the classes before. Entertainment - our Cruise Director was Ricky. He is 11 out of 10. Genuine fun. Not the fake forced usual jokes but ones that everyone was always laughing. Ice show (frozen in time) was excellent. ocean of dreams also spetacular. From Ricky, the best performances were the Bellyflop Competition presentation and also The Quest. Two epic moments of the cruise to say the least. Casino was very good with plenty of options for those who like slotmachines. I had a "cap" of 5 dollars per night and managed to finish 2 nights above 10, but managed to lose it all on the next night. lol. Still funny, tough. 9 sun and Cleopatra are the best machines in my opinion. I also went for the Comedy show and returned to my cabin with my whole body aching. I laughed so hard and so many times. If you are into standup comedy, don't miss it!! Ports of call - I'll go straight to the point and sorry if anyone is offended but we didn't like Labadee (Coco Kay is way better!) or Falmouth. Fallmouth consist of a fenced small neighborhood in the middle of nothing. We regreted not hiring and excursion. I even tried to walk outside the fenced area by mylself for a couple of blocks. All I found was a lot of pushy people trying to shake your hand, be your best friend and offer you something that was either sex or weed most of the times. I was approched 8 times in two blocks and shouted at least 6 more that I ignored. Labadee is more beautiful from the ship (great photos) than there. Nothing special in my opinion. I did the Wavejet Excursion as rider and appreciated a lot. The sea had a lot of waves, different from Coco Cay where the seas is flatter.That was what saved the day. Cozumel, on the other hand is EPIC. We did the Chunkanaab and Discovey Mexico tour and we felt that every penny was worth it. Stunning scenery, honest prices, not a single pushy vendor and trully happy smiling people. Disembarkation - We picked the 9 - 930 AM slot and were off the ship on the parking in around 15 minutes. Really well organized. Our group (24) was called earlier than expect so we we're still having breakfast and left at 915 AM. Overall, a GREAT CRUISE. Looking forward the next one. Quantum? Brilliance @ Europe? Who knows... Well, if you are still reading, thanks for you patience. Sorry for being confuse some times and I won't re-read the text to find mispelling so, sorry about that too. If you have any questions, fell free to ask. I will happily answer Best for all and happy cruises. Henrique Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Where to start: This ship is huge, but easy to get around. It's packed with people, but hardly feels that way! Do yourself a favor: reserve all of the shows, you'll regret it if you miss one. The entertainment is top-notch. ... Read More
Where to start: This ship is huge, but easy to get around. It's packed with people, but hardly feels that way! Do yourself a favor: reserve all of the shows, you'll regret it if you miss one. The entertainment is top-notch. Hairspray was great. The ice show was so well-done that you forget that the rink is so small. Come Fly With Me was so good, we saw it twice. The Comedy show was very funny, but if you can't handle the f-bombs, there's a family-friendly version on the last night. The Dive show was like nothing I've ever seen. The level of production was incredible, especially for a ship. I've seen shows on other ships and the Oasis made them look like a preschool play. The headliner was a Sammy Davis Jr-type of show, which we skipped"not my generation I suppose. Usually in the afternoon, they show a 3D movie and at night in the 2nd half of the week, there are movies in the aqua theater. The food: Not once did we eat at a specialty restaurant! I'm not sure what some people eat on a normal basis to where they would think that the dining room food was sub par. I could cut the prime rib with my fork, the lobster was huge and the overall quality of the food was 5-star! If you want more than one item, order 2! By the end of the week, our servers just assumed we wanted several items. We basically had a buffet! My Time Dining was great! We had a table for 2 every night and had the same servers, whom we were sad to say goodbye to. The staff on the entire ship was top-notch. I don't know how they do it. We were off the ship in Labadee for about 30 minutes. We live near the beach, so we wanted to take advantage of an empty ship and were so glad we did! In Jamaica, I hired a private guide (http://www.jaital.com/tours-and-excursions-in-falmouth-trelawny-jamaica-17.html) b/c I wanted to do more on the island than what the cruise offered. We had our own driver and he took us river tubing, Dunns River Falls and shopping. He took us to a local restaurant for authentic jerk chicken/pork. Cozumel was nothing but a money trap. Guard your stuff carefully"my wife's sunglasses were stolen and she just set them down for a second to get something out of her purse! This ship is not intended for people who just want to take it easy and read, sleep, etc. There is so much to do. The flowrider and zipline and ice skating are a blast and the lines are not that bad. The rock wall is challenging, but doable. The gym is perfectly adequate, but go in the afternoon b/c it seems like everyone wanted to get their workout done b/f 10 am. There are plenty of pools/jacuzzis and chairs available. The only complaint I had was the price of pictures. They are high quality, for sure, but 5 pics for $150 is outrageous! We took 600 pics, so we captured some good moments. If you want some photos of you all dressed up, look up a photographer in your area who can probably do it for a third of the price! Some Don'ts: 1) Don't get on an elevator just to go up 1 floor; use the stairs! 2) Don't think you're hot stuff if you can stay in 1 position on the Flowrider for a long period of time; there are people waiting. One guy just stayed in 1 position for 5 minutes while his wife took thousands of pictures to where the staff had to pull him off. 3)Don't argue with the comedians, then get highschool-hurt if they embarrass you! 4) Don't save seats after they clearly state "Do not save seats". We will definitely go on this ship again!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
We flew in the night before and stayed at the Hyatt Place on 17th. We have stayed before and it is close to shops and restrauants. Embarkation We arrived at the terminal at 10:30 am and were in the Windjammer eating lunch by 11:30. It ... Read More
We flew in the night before and stayed at the Hyatt Place on 17th. We have stayed before and it is close to shops and restrauants. Embarkation We arrived at the terminal at 10:30 am and were in the Windjammer eating lunch by 11:30. It was fast, efficient and painless. Although I had looked at many pictures there is nothing like seeing the Grand Promenade for that first time you get on the ship. Absolutely beautiful !! We were in our room by 1:00 and had all of our luggage by 2:30 including our soda. Room We were in 6194 (hump balcony) a great room. We had plenty of storage and although the bathroom was small it was sufficient for the 2 of us. We had the bed by the balcony and the room was very quite. Being on sixth deck was very handy to most of what we enjoyed so it worked out well for us to take the stairs a lot. Shows We went to Hairspray, Oasis of Dreams, Come Fly with Me, Frozen in Time. They were all outstanding. We did not make it to the Comedy Show but I heard it was great. 70's night on the Promenade was fantastic and a must do. It was just great!! Quest was extremely funny but you have to have an open mind and remember it is an Adult activity. We loved it ! Service I am not a person that pays a lot of attention to the CD but I thought Ricky Mathews was great. His CD staff was outstanding. I worked with one of the staff for the Flash Mob Dance and she was so much fun. Our steward was super and the wait staff in every restaurant was very attentive and eager to please. Dining We had early seating in the MDR but were so busy and coming in from excursions sometimes was later and we were tired and we ate at 2 specialty restaurants, so we only made it there 3 times. Next time we will get My Time Dining. The food was very good and our waiter was great. We ate breakfast at Johnny Rockets, Windjammer and Wipe Out Cafe and enjoyed them all. Lunch was at Park Cafe, Wipe Out Cafe, Seafood Shack and Pizza, they were all good. Giovanni's Table and Chops were both great and well worth the extra fee. Nightclubs We love Dazzles, the band is great and can play all types of music. We got 2nd place in the twist contest. We went to numerous bars but always ended up back at Dazzles. More our type of Music. We went to Casino some but broke about even and sometimes we went there and sat at the bar while waiting for our show to start. Very good for people watching. Debarkation We had an early flight (10:05 am) so did self assist at 6:15. Easy and fast. We grabbed a taxi and were at the Ft. Lauderdale airport by 7:30am. Thoughts We both decided that it was by far the best cruise we had been on and cannot think of one negative. We tried to do everything but it is just impossible in 7 days. After about 3 days we decided we had to have a little downtime so made sure we rested in the room for a while each afternoon or early evening to get ready for the late evening activities. The ship is so huge with so much to do that everyone is spread out and seems to find their own hangout spot so it does not feel crowded. Would we book an Oasis Class again? Absolutely!! We are planning to book the Allure in April of 2014 and purchased a next cruise certificate to get ready for it. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
Last year we cruised on the NCL ship the Norwegian Epic and it being another Mega-ship, the experiences were very similar. Both ships had great shows, excellent food and many options for dining. I would do either ship again if they got ... Read More
Last year we cruised on the NCL ship the Norwegian Epic and it being another Mega-ship, the experiences were very similar. Both ships had great shows, excellent food and many options for dining. I would do either ship again if they got better itineraries. These 7 day cruises on both ships have only three ports of call. One of which is their own private beach port. For the prices both these ships charge, they should stop at 4 real ports, not two real ports and their private beach port, like both NCL and Royal Caribbean do. For me, the private beach port is a total waste of time and nothing more than a huge moneymaker for the cruise lines. For the Oasis of the Seas, that port is called Labadee. Royal Carribean has a lease on this little sliver of land in northern Haiti until 2050. The Haitian government gets $6 per person on the ship every time it docks, so it does help Haiti out financially a bit. My problem with Labadee and ALL the private ports from all the cruise lines is that they make tons of money from guests at these private beaches. EVERYTHING you might want to do on Labadee is fee-based. The Dragon's Tail roller coaster is $22 per ride (the second rider is free), the zip line is $93 per ride (once trip across the water) and the water slide and water playground also charge for admittance, as do the parasailing and jet skis. The ONLY things free are the beach chairs and the buffet food, which you could get it you stayed on the ship. Don't get me wrong, the beach is beautiful, but there are only two small areas where swimming is allowed and the rest of the beaches are too rocky, so no swimming is allowed and life guards are there to prevent you from even trying to get in the water in those areas. On the plus side, if you get off the ship as quickly as possible, you can find either sunny spots or shady areas, whichever you prefer. The beach chairs are free, but be careful of the staff on the beach. They will open up or move a beach chair for you and have their hands out for a tip. Just walk over to the stacks of chairs and pick them up and move them where you want them, for free. No tipping is required and our cruise director told us to get our own chairs. The buffet food was good and plentiful in a couple different locations. The roller coaster was excellent and a must-do. We all enjoyed the zip line over the water, but we all thought the $93 price was WAY too steep for one zip line. Avoid the Artisan Village at all costs. The local vendors will hound you to death and shopping is very unpleasant. Royal Caribbean charges the locals a fee to sell their wares, so they hound you to death to get you to come into their stores. Plus, there are way too many of them. It would have been better with a handful of shops, rather than long rows of shops that are there now. We met a family whose son got badly hurt on the metal waterslide, so I would avoid that option. It was designed poorly and riders can slide up the side of the slide and hit their heads, which was what happened with this young boy, leaving him bloody and with two huge knots on his forehead. There are plenty of bathroom facilities and the ships sells liquor and beer here also so bring your key card with you. The next port was Falmouth Jamaica, which is newer cruise port with nothing to do at the port except take a ship shore excursion or an excursion offered by one of the local, which we did. The ship tours are all very expensive and we also do shore excursions by the local at every port we go to and we usually pay about half or less than what the ships charge. We chose to board on the Rio Bueno river, which was a blast, but also dangerous. You can also go tubing or rafting from the same operator, so pick the way you want to go down the river. These are only class 1 and 2 rapids, so you are safe in a tube or raft. The board are a different story. When using the boards, you must wear elbow and knee pads, helmets, as well as swim gloves to help you safely navigate the rapids. Your knees and elbows and the rest of your body will scrape the rocks and bottom of the river at times, and it can be hard to stay on the boards through the rapids so it was a challenge. It was very fun, and we did fall off a few times and the current makes it difficult to get back on, but that is what made it fun too. We've already tubed and rafted on rivers before so we wanted to try something different and I'm glad we did. After your river adventure, you are given about 2 hours to relax and swim in the ocean, eat some food or drink some beer (at an additional cost). This excursion is only about 20 minutes from the port, so you don't have to worry about getting back to the ship on time. Do this excursion from an outside vendor and save $$$. Don't walk around Jamaica without a tour group as it is dangerous at times. There are a few new shops at this port, but nothing great. There is some shopping for souvenirs, a couple of bars and some restaurants. You can venture into the downtown area just outside the port, but it is not recommended as it is not safe for tourists and is basically an old commercial port. Not much to see, but prices are cheaper than in the immediate port area. You can also rent a taxi to Montego Bay for a 30 minute ride or go to Dunn's River Falls and climb up the falls, which is also very fun and a must do if you've never done it before. The final port was Cozumel, Mexico, which is always fun even though it is getting run down and the shop owners have become more aggressive over the years. There are so many options and things to do here that you could spend a few days here. We rented Jet skis and parasailed, both of which were half the price of the ship tours and were longer in time. For a real treat, take the 30 minute ferry ride over to Playa Del Carmen and do some shopping or tour a cenote, which are really cool underground caves and caverns that you can swim in with a headlight. They also have a great monkey habitat called "The Jungle Place" but the tours book up fast so you have to book months in advance. Again, you don't need a ship tour here at all. You can catch the ferry over and back, just watch your time and make sure you are back on the ferry before the ship pulls away because the ship will NOT wait for you unless you are on a ship excursion. Snorkeling is free on Cozumel and is accessed from walking in from the beach, so NO tour is necessary. There are people all over trying to sell you snorkeling tours but you don't need them. Walk into the water at the beach and swim out a few yards and the coral reef is right underneath you. Bring your own snorkel hear with you and save some $$$. You can rent motorbikes, scooters or a car if you want to tour Cozumel on your own or just go to a beach or private all-inclusive resort, which there are several. Cozumel is an island and is mostly safe for tourists. The crime you hear about happening in Mexico is on the mainland and not in Cozumel. Walk back three or four blocks from the main shopping strip for the best deals on food and shopping. Prices fluctuate greatly, so don't buy anything until you've checked all the stores and done some careful negotiating. A great port of call not to be missed. Now for the ship. The Oasis of the Seas is stunning in every way. We had in balcony overlooking Central Park which we really liked. Other friends that came with us prefer ocean view balconies. That is just a personal preference. I like to people watch and water views for 7 days bores me, so these cabins were perfect for us. The cabins are small with one bed and a sofa that can also fold down into another bed for a 3rd or 4th person. I don't see how three of four people can fit in these small rooms, but they are adequate for a couple. We spend so little time in the room that it doesn't matter to us anyway. We like to be on deck or where the action is and on the Oasis of the Seas there is always something going on. My complaint about the room is that the bathroom shower is tiny and the sink is very low. Minor issues that we got used to. There are three plugs on the desk and one underneath the desk if you need to charge a camera or a laptop and each room has a flat screen interactive tv which can be used to check your account and other things. The room steward was flawless. We decorated out outside cabin door as well as our inside glass door going out to the balcony. We had three adjoining cabins so the room steward opened up the dividers on the balconies for us so we had one huge balcony that we all shared. There are plenty of large elevators on this ship, so getting up and down between decks was never an issue. The food was excellent in the restaurants and in the buffet. There were many food choices and the menu changed daily. The buffet is large, but it can be crowded at times, but nothing to complain about. They are very strict about using hand sanitizer before entering any restaurant or buffet, which is good so people don't spread germs. There are lots of food choices, but most of them require additional fees. Stick with the free buffet (The Windjammer) or the free dining rooms if you want. There is also a Johnny Rockets ($3.95), as well as a handful of pay restaurants. We ate the Chop House ($30 fee), which is the steak house on the ship. It was outstanding in both food and service and worth the $30 fee. Reservations are required for most of the pay restaurants and they fill up fast. We booked ours as soon as we walked on the ship. Overall excellent food, except for late at night. The pizzeria (Sorrentos) closes at 3 am and the pizza there was marginal at best. The promenade cafe is open 24 hours but is VERY limited in their offerings. Mostly sandwiches and a few desserts. All the shows were outstanding and we saw them all except for Hairspray due to a scheduling conflict with a dinner. I heard it was also a great show from several passengers. Don't miss the Oasis of Dreams show or the Come Fly With Me show. They are excellent. We had superb comedians on the show as well as a fantastic ABBA review show called Abbacadabra. There is ALWAYS something going on somewhere around the ship, be it a parade, contest, show or demonstration. You can always find something to do. The Flow Rider and zip line are a blast (they are both free). There is also a rock climbing wall and a free carousel that we enjoyed. They have table tennis, a nine hole miniature golf course and outdoor basketball courts. They offer free ice skating in 30 minute sessions, but they do require you to wear a helmet, which I think is overkill for adults ice skating. At night they have an ice show on the same ice rink which was also very good so don't miss it. There were two parades on our cruise and they were both great and different, so don't miss either. They are on sea days in the Royal Promenade, but get there early for a good viewing spot. Our cruise director, Ricky Matthews was the best we have ever had on any cruise line. You saw him all the time and he was very entertaining and full of energy and good cheer. He opened and closed all the shows and participated in all the parades and activities throughout the week. He's a busy guy and earns his pay. Also don't miss the dance parties they have at night in the Solarium and on the Royal Promenade, you WILL have a great time. The Solarium is an adults-only part of the ship with its own hot tubs, a tiny pool and a bar. You must be 16 or older to get in and that is a plus if you don't want to be around young kids. The only problem with this area is that it is covered in glass and is HOT all the time. We did enjoy this space though because of the no children policy. The other pools are open to everyone and there is a nice children's only play area with water features. There are two ice cream machines next to the pools with soft serve ice cream (the sign says "frozen yogurt" but it tasted like ice milk to us), so you can grab a cone to cool down. The pools and hot tubs are way too crowded to enjoy during the day, but they do keep someof them open at night when most people don't use them. Bring a yellow highlighter with you and carefully read your "Daily Compass" newsletter and highlight all the things you want to see and do on the ship. If you don't, you may miss one of the activities you may want to participate in. They have a fairly large fitness center that was never too crowded and was kept clean. Check out Dazzles the two story night club for some fun entertainment. They have both live bands and DJ's, so pick a time when your favorite type of music is playing. Blaze is also a fun nightclub with a DJ every night playing disco, top 40 and hip hop. Not to be missed. Jazz on 4 is a live jazz club and Boleros is a Latin themed nightclub with live bands and also has Latin Dance lessons at certain times. As you can see, there are many things to do on this ship. The ship is nearly 4 years old now and is showing its age. Some maintenance needs to be done, but overall it looks great and is spotless. You will not be disappointed. It was a fantastic week and the positives far outweighed the few negatives on the ship. Remember, you are not allowed to bring on irons, extension cords, knives over 4 inches or any alcohol. They do screen you luggage for alcohol so if you want to smuggle some on, order some Rum Runner flasks, they worked well for us. For a ship that holds nearly 6000 guests, getting on and off the ship was quick and easy at each port and at the beginning and end of the cruise. It feels like you are in a resort hotel and not on a ship. There is very little to no movement on the ship, so no Dramamine or patches are necessary. I guess that is due to its sheer size. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
We sailed on Oasis of the Seas 9/15/12 for the second time. We are two middle aged women . This cruise did not disappoint and we actually enjoyed the second time more than the first. I think that is because we were familiar with the ship, ... Read More
We sailed on Oasis of the Seas 9/15/12 for the second time. We are two middle aged women . This cruise did not disappoint and we actually enjoyed the second time more than the first. I think that is because we were familiar with the ship, met wonderful people, and loved the ports. With our new gold status we found no one in line so we got our sea passes very quickly and were ready to board at 10:30. We were on the ship at 11:15! Rooms ready at 1 and luggage at 3. We bought the Central Park dining package which was a wonderful deal and recommended it to a few people we met who also bought and loved it. We had to dine at Giovanni's Table the first night and then reserve Chops and 150 Central once on the ship. We had no problem making reservations because we did it as soon as we boarded. Giovanni's was wonderful! We also had the wine package and the sticker indicating the package was not put on our sea pass when we embarked. Our waiter actually took our passes to Guest Services while we dined, and got us the sticker. We had dined at 150 Central last year and actually liked the menu then better and would probably not dine there again. Two nights we had the tapas at Vintages and they were awesome! This year we tried Solarium Bistro. We had stayed away last year because we thought the food would be tasteless since it is 500 calories or less. We were very wrong! The food was awesome! Who would think that a no fat cheesecake could be so good??? Unfortunately, many others felt as we did last year as there was no one there. Chops was our last night and had it been earlier in the week, we would have dined there again. The second day, room service delivered the wrong breakfast. We just called and requested the correct one. They were there in 10 minutes! Everyday after that, we got some kind of treat from room service. We had chocolate covered strawberries, fruit plate, red velvet cupcakes, and gorgeous cookies. What wonderful customer service! Loved the ports! Labadee was just beautiful! We did the Chukka Beach Break with lunch in Jamaica and the beach/facilities were lovely. Our main complaint was that lunch was not served until after 1 PM. Would have preferred to do the one without lunch but that was sold out. They also told us the vans to return to the ship would run every half hour. Not the case when we asked to leave and were told it would be an hour til the next one. Once they realized this did not make us happy and a few others came up wanting to leave, they called a van and it was there in 15 minutes. Cozumel was beautiful! We did the Passion Island trip and it was fabulous! The catamaran was the way to go, water so aqua and warm. Next time we may go on the Twister as everyone said how amazing that was! The facilities were beautiful, sand powdery and white, and food was good. The drinks flowed freely LOL! Once again, we walked around all week asking where the 6000 people were! No problem getting beach chairs, once in a while there was a wait for an elevator so then we took the steps, and embarkation was quick (unfortunately!) We, who were not going to be habitual cruisers, plan on going again next year but maybe trying Allure! A wonderful vacation and I highly recommend Oasis!! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
Embarkation - Pain in the butt! Get there early or book a suite! We arrived at approximately 2 PM, parked at Park N' Go since they are right outside the port and only charge $6 per day (with online coupon) versus $15 per day at the ... Read More
Embarkation - Pain in the butt! Get there early or book a suite! We arrived at approximately 2 PM, parked at Park N' Go since they are right outside the port and only charge $6 per day (with online coupon) versus $15 per day at the port. This is our second time using this service and have not had any problems. Back to the ship embarkation! Had a few old, rude people who were to get you to the window to check in. When we sailed on the Independence, it was much more organized than this was. Needless to say, people were skipping, and it seemed that everyone was annoyed by the process. On the ship - There is any and everything to do. You name it, it's there! My family of four, husband, and two adult children (18 & 20), we enjoyed all the activities, the clubs, shows (will get to later), ice skating, movie theater, and shopping. They have many shops onboard with pretty good prices. Coach has shades that are a lot less than Macy's. Another store had AX, Gucci, DG shades; all were reasonably priced, especially considering that you don't pay tax or duty fees! Food - We ate at the buffet a lot because we didn't get up until about 12 PM. So we were unable to eat breakfast many days. But the buffet really had a nice selection of foods and I am unfortunately, for others, very picky about what I eat, how it tastes, etc. I found that the buffet food was better than the dining room food, which we only went to one night and decided not to go back. We did have a chance to visit Chops Grille. At $30 per person, it is well worth it! My daughter had filet mignon and said it melted in her mouth. My son and I had this hearty meat dish with veal, lamb, chicken sausage. Too much food for a woman; I could not finish it! But Chops is well worth it. Should we decide to visit Oasi again, I will definitely buy the food package for $65 per person and you go to Chops, 150 Central Park, and Giovanni's. Room service - they started out really well, but it seemed that as the cruise went on, the food quality diminished and keep in mind that you wait for approximately 30 - 45 minutes for food. Cabin location - Deck 6 forward! We were in a great location, same deck as the fitness center (I did not visit), Deck 5 has everything on it, and you aren't too close to the top! Many people were wearing patches to prevent sea sickness! I never experienced it on this ship, even when they were moving at a rapid pace! Please note, there is not enough closet space for 4 people. We slept fine tho! Beds were actually comfortable, looks like they use a mattress topper. Shows - Frozen in Time (ice show) simply awesome! There was one guy playing the Emperor has new clothes who was fantastic! But the highlight was the people drawing in the sand! That was really just mind blowing the talent they have. Hairspray - Just like the movie! Singing and actors/actresses were great! Aquashow - The water show you have to see to believe! They were dynamic! Come Fly with Me - Didn't like too much, but there was one couple on there that made me think of Cirque Du Soleil! They made the entire show worth coming out for. Activities - Ice skating - rink smaller than Independence ship, you also have to wear a helmet for safety, but nonetheless, since I had to wash my hair I went ahead and skated! Not really fond of hat/helmet hair! Were unable to do the flowrider or rock climbing wall due to the many other activities we were involved in and the late night club scene! Excursions - only one, Mexico ATVs! Those are absolutely wonderful. We purchased it off the ship, since the ship's excursion for this was full. We had to pay the taxi cab driver to get to the destination and the company would pay him $15 to bring us back. Well when we got back, we were told (in very little English), that he needed $3 or $5 more which we no longer had small bills. and was not going to take pesos in place of US $$. He was a bit miffed, but such as life. His people should have explained that to us and we would have bought smaller bills! Jamaica - they are all over you trying to convince you to take a tour and buy something! One guy actually followed us around momentarily, until he was given a firm, commanding no! Bought a few things, bargained with the people and got decent prices! Haiti - extremely hot! I am not a beach person, but my son went to it and said the rocks felt slimy. He came back right away! Took nice pic's tho! Disembarkation - Self check out! We got up early, took our luggage out and that was that! Breakfast was at 5:30 AM, but they serve it up until the last people get off which I think is around 9 AM. ATM - had to use many times, since I had no checks to write out to RCCL for cash. $6 each time! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Embarkation was a breeze, we arrived at the port about 11:00 am and was in " Central Park" by 11:30. Arrivals are separated by their C &A status, no lines, no waiting! Upon arrival I went to MTD to change my dining time for ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze, we arrived at the port about 11:00 am and was in " Central Park" by 11:30. Arrivals are separated by their C &A status, no lines, no waiting! Upon arrival I went to MTD to change my dining time for that evening, no problem! We made dinner reservations for two nights at a time, always got our desired time. We mostly ate at table 918, John and Maverlyn were a DREAM!!!!! We ate at Chops one nite which was VERY good, but I felt a bit cramped in there. The other places we ate we're: Johnny Rocketts for breakfast, YUM but nothing healthy there ;), Park Cafe for take out breakfasts and many lunches! The roast beef sandwiches are to DIE for! Salads are nice too. We had room service twice for breakfast which was nice, always on time and food arrived hot. We had lunch in the MD twice, nice salad bar and went to windjammer a few times, never too crowded, large selection of food and always able to find a seat. We could always find seat at prime pool time in the Solarium, that is a beautiful area! We didn't go to the other pools. Went to the gym later in the mornings and was always able to get on our desired machines. On Wednesday I did the zip line, line wasn't too long ( 20 mins) it takes longer to suit up than it does to ride, very fast ride but did it just to say I did it:) we never made it to the Flow Riders but lots of people did and they seemed to enjoy it! The shows were very good, we really enjoyed Hairspray and the water shows, we never got in to the comedy shows, make reservations in advance! Trivia games in the afternoon was fun. Made a few donations in the casino but no big wins for us. I got a few cocktails on board and felt they were very weak. In Labadee we headed to Columbus Cove and got a nice shady spot, it made it about 20 degrees cooler, the sun is very intense! I wandered over to the " Suite Area" and checked out the cabanas on Labadee, some were in great spots which makes me think it would be worth the extra $ but some offered o additional seclusion, which I don't think would be worth the $. Falmouth: beautiful port area but same over priced stuff for sale in each store, small area to purchase a beer, but nothing to impressive! We hired Courtney Taylor as a tour guide for the day he was informative, professional and fun to be with, highly recommend him! Cozumel: we did a two reef snorkel trip with Eagle Ray Divers which was wonderful!!! As we were departing the first reef the cruise ship tour showed up with about 100 people and screaming tour guides..... No thank you Disembarkation was smooth too, we did express walk off and was on our way to the airport by 7:40! Great great time! Never felt crowded on such a big ship!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
We cruised on the 3/17/12 Western Caribbean sailing of the Oasis of the Seas. On this cruise was myself (Female, 44), my mother with limited physical mobility due to health issues. Also along were my sister, Brother in Law and their 6 ... Read More
We cruised on the 3/17/12 Western Caribbean sailing of the Oasis of the Seas. On this cruise was myself (Female, 44), my mother with limited physical mobility due to health issues. Also along were my sister, Brother in Law and their 6 month old baby. We all had balcony staterooms but my mother and I were in a handicapped accessible room (room 6226) due to her need for a scooter and wheelchair. If I could book our rooms all over again I would have chosen one on the Starboard side. It seems that we always docked on the starboard side and I would have enjoyed watching the ship go into the different ports along with a view of the islands. Instead we always had an ocean view on port days. The only exception is Cozumel where the starboard side had an amazing view for about two hours until the Celebrity Millennium docked and blocked their view. If you are renting a scooter to help navigate the ship consider bringing along a collapsible standard wheelchair to help with embarkation and getting around the ports. Also a scooter cannot be stowed under the tour bus or put in the back of the taxi vans. So we were very glad we brought it. Prior to sailing I reserved all our shows. I tried to book as many afternoon shows on sea days knowing that with a baby and my mom we wouldn't be able to stay up late. I was really glad we booked in advance and selected afternoon shows. We were exhausted most evenings. I also reserved a hillside cabana in Labadee, the Dunns River Falls & Dolphin Cove excursion in Jamaica and the Discover Mexico & Chakanaab Park excursion in Cozumel. The only specialty restaurant we pre-reserved was Giovannis Table. I also ordered the Royal Caribbean tote bag and two water bottle holders from Gifts and Gear. The tote bag was worth it. It had a pocket for a large bottle of water, zippers for a sea pass card and pockets for sunglasses and sun screen and a center pocket large enough for a towel and water shoes. I used this every day. The water bottle holders we didn't use because they were too small to hold anything larger than a 16oz bottle of water. Things I was glad I packed: An over the door shoe organizer for all my stuff. It really kept my room organized. A pen and highlighter to mark on the cruise compass (there's so much to do you really need to highlight the things you are interested in or it gets lost) and Binoculars to look at the islands from the ship. I also brought my own water shoes for Dunns River Falls. Things I wish I had brought: More sunscreen! I went through a ton of it just because we had to reapply every time we got out of the water. Embarkation: We arrived at the port at 10:30am. We wanted to board the ship as early as possible because there were a number of things we needed to take care of. Check in was simple, from the time we left our bags with the porters to having our sea pass cards it was probably 20 minutes. We waited 15 minutes in a common area and then they began boarding a little after 11:00am. We had reserved a scooter from Special Needs at Sea and knew it would be waiting in the stateroom. However, my mother would have had great difficulty navigating the ship at ports or getting on or off the ship so we brought along her foldable wheelchair for back up. We were certainly glad we brought it! The ship is absolutely massive. The wheelchair allowed us to disembark easily at Cozumel and Jamaica and fit the chair on the tour buses. In Labadee we just took the scooter off the ship with us. More on ports later. The first thing we did upon embarkation was to go to the Shore Excursion desk on deck 5. We had reserved a hillside cabana in Labadee but because I wasn't sure how much of a climb the "hillside" was I wanted to check if there were any over the water cabanas available. They were all sold out on line. Once at the shore excursion desk I asked if there were any over the water cabanas available. There was one left! They refunded me my other cabana and I booked the other one. While I was checking at the excursion desk my BIL went to deck 14 to ask about the on board iPhones. We really wanted one to keep tabs on each other. I'm so glad we went right away because by 2pm they were sold out. The iPhones were awesome. They were only $40 for the week (a total of $80 because you need two). They worked pretty good but sometimes lost the signal. They used a VIOP system so it depended on the wifi on the ship. The best part was we could locate each other using the locate function. We couldn't find my mom one afternoon and she didn't hear it ring so we were able to see that she was on deck 6, aft on the Boardwalk. Awesome! We could also text. The charge if you lose or break the phone is $500 per phone, but we were careful. Next thing we did was check on the Royal Babies and Tots program. The sign up for date and time you want is first come first serve. If there are a lot of babies on board then you will have a very limited number of hours. When we arrived we were able to reserve a total of 20 hours for the week. We reserved babysitting for all the shows and most of the dinners. I'm really glad that I brought a copy of all the show times that I had booked for the week because we were able to reserve our babysitting right then. The next day, if hours are available you can request more hours. We went back on day 2 and found that there were plenty of hours left so we also reserved babysitting for our Jamaica and Cozumel excursions. We didn't think the baby would enjoy the heat or bus rides and he couldn't go snorkeling so we decided to allow him to stay on board. The Royal Babies program is excellent. The workers are wonderful and kind. It was never overcrowded and the children always looked happy and content. Having gotten all our chores done we regrouped and went to the specialty restaurant Giovanni's Table. I had read on previous trip reports that the Windjammer buffet was to be avoided on embarkation day as it is a crowded nightmare. We wanted to avoid having our first impression of the ship stressful so while everyone else was fighting for a table we were sitting in a quiet, half empty restaurant having a wonderful and relaxing lunch at noon. It was worth every penny and I would highly recommend this. Once we were finished with lunch our rooms were ready so we headed to our staterooms. My sister was in the room next door and we had no problem opening up our balcony dividers. Previous reports a year ago had mentioned that they couldn't be opened. This is not accurate as we opened ours and loved our large balcony. The standard balcony rooms were spacious and fine. The handicapped accessible room was a slight bit wider (maybe by two feet) to accommodate a wheelchair. The shower had a seat the closet had an upper lower rack for clothes. The closed seemed a little small at first but it's designed well and we were able to fit a lot in it. At this point I'll break up the report by subject: The shows: This is a big reason that the ship is worth every penny we spent. There is so much diverse and amazing talent on this ship. The singers were top notch! We arrived at every show 30 minutes early and relaxed. When you have a reservation they check your seapass card at the door and let you in. If you did not reserve your show you go to a different line and have to wait. About 10 minutes before the show starts they let in the standby's. If you want a good seat pre-reserve the shows. We loved Hairspray. The ice show was awesome; your kids will really like it. The costumes were beautiful, the skating amazing and the "sand artist" was incredible. The Come Fly With Me show left us speechless. The acrobats both in the air and on the stage were without question the best I've ever seen on a ship. If that weren't enough the Oasis of Dreams and Comedy Dive Shows were fantastic. You couldn't help but have your heart almost stop every time the divers flipped, twisted and dove off the high dive. We missed our reservation for Oasis of Dreams on Day 1 because we were so tired by 9pm. But we were able to catch the show one evening even though we didn't have reservations. We went to deck 11 aft. If you take the elevator up and go aft down the stateroom corridor to the very end there is a door that opens out to a small outdoor deck. No one knows about this deck because most of these decks are for the private loft suites. But deck 11 isn't, it's a public deck. So we had an empty balcony to watch the show. It was great. The comedy show was okay but I really prefer clean comedy. Half of the jokes were fine but the other half were so disgusting I didn't like it. I think it takes more talent to make people laugh at a clean joke than a dirty one. The ship: In a word, amazing. There were so many places to go and see that on disembarkation day my sister and I ran around to see all the things we missed. What makes Oasis unique is all the areas to explore. The plants in Central Park were beautiful, the boardwalk was a fun, family friendly place to hang out or watch a movie under the stars. I liked having a balcony stateroom on Deck 6. We were located midship toward the back. Most mornings I would walk to the Donut Shop on the Boardwalk and get a coffee. The ship and shows made the cost of the cabins worth it. If I had had my teenagers with me the flow riders would have added to the value. The Solarium was amazing and we would have spent more time there if we didn't have a baby. The loungers in the Solarium that face the ocean go quickly. You'll need to get one early if you want one. The area is restful with a waterfall, padded loungers, two whirl pools and a larger pool in the middle. We reserved the cupcake decorating class and had a lot of fun with it. You get to eat your work at the end of the class. Bingo was not worth the money. If you are going to play wait for the last day when the payout is larger. We went to a game and the pay out on game one was only $100 and the winner had to split it with a second winner. This "win" didn't even cover the cost of the $55 bingo machine that she used. Bring cash for the Casino, if you charge to your seapass card the ship charges you a small percentage for the privilege of taking out cash to lose in the casino. Handicap accessibility: Surprisingly, the handicap accessibility was not good. Of course the cabin and public rooms were fine. However, the biggest flaw is in the corridors leading to your stateroom. They were too narrow and had raised humps at doorways along the corridor that were very difficult to get over. When we needed to use my mom's standard size collapsible wheelchair it was absolutely impossible to get the wheelchair past the stateroom attendant carts that were parked along the corridor. Half the time a stateroom attendant was in the hall and would move their cart. The other half of the time my mom had to physically get out of her chair, fold it, push it past the cart then reopen it and get back in. I honestly do not know what someone would do who is 100% wheelchair bound. Her scooter was barely able to get past and most of the time it scraped along the wall as she tried to scoot past. The other issue was the metal, raised humps at doorways that separated the different sections of the hallway. These were so high in some sections that I almost sent my mom flying trying to go over them as they caused the small wheels in front to stop abruptly. This was a problem with all standard wheelchairs and transport wheelchairs, the scooter did not seem to have difficulity . I spoke to an elderly woman who was pushing her husband in a transport wheelchair. By the look on her face she had almost sent him flying too. We had to turn the wheelchair around at these points and go over them backward with the large wheels first. The inability to get a wheelchair past the hall carts is a huge issue for which I don't think there is a solution. Royal Caribbean cannot ask their stateroom attendants to leave them in front of people's stateroom doors. If you are 100% wheelchair dependent I wouldn't recommend the Oasis. They may have great shows and a great ship but if you cannot independently get back to your room I guess it doesn't help much. The food: The food was good. I probably gained 5 pounds so it must have been good. We almost never ate in the Windjammer. There are so many other options. Instead breakfast was either at Johnny Rockets (finally a hot pancake), room service or the Solarium Bistro. The donuts at the donut shop were dry but fine if you are dunking it in coffee. We loved lunch at Park Cafe in Central Park. They had a "make your own salad", fantastic roast beef sandwiches on a roll and yummy soup. We also had lunch at Johnny Rockets twice. There is a small fee ($5 per person) for lunch but breakfast was free. The dining room in the evenings was nice. No complaints. Overall the food was good. I don't rate a cruise on the quality of the food so maybe I'm not the best person to ask. SPA: The spa was nothing to write home about. It was on deck 6 and 7. No view, no destination resort style facilities. If you want a great spa go on the Norwegian Jewel, Carnival Splendor or Holland America Zuiderdam. I've been on these ships and really enjoyed the spa area. They charge extra but I've always thought it was worth it for the ambiance and low crowds. We never used the Spa on Oasis, so we saved some money here. They do offer a spa access package for $30 a day and you can use the tiled loungers and steam rooms. But without a whirl pool or view it's hardly worth it. The cantilevered whirl pools on were beautiful and huge. The spas in the solarium were nice and hot. During certain times on sea days they were packed but we went at off times and enjoyed them. Ports: Labadee was amazing. We exited the ship by 9:00am and headed straight toward the Barefoot Beach Club. We were able to take my mom's electric scooter off the ship and were glad we did as the pier was long and there was a lot of walking. Once we arrived at the Barefoot Beach Club we were greeted by some wonderful staff who gave us a tour of the private beach. We had privileges to use the facilities and beach at either Nellies' Beach where our cabana was located or the Barefoot Beach Club. We chose to swim at Nellie's beach because it was just as beautiful and not crowded. We arrived early enough to have our pick of the water cabanas and I think we got the best. Nellies beach is shaped like a horse shoe. If you are facing the water at the bottom of the horseshoe we chose the top cabana on the right over the water. It was quiet and had an amazing view of the bay. To our right was a private exit down to the sandy beach. To our left was a little deck and a ladder into the deeper water (about 5 feet upon entrance). The over the water cabanas at Nellies Beach are available to everyone. They are $200 for the day ($175 for the hillside) and you can take up to 6 people. The prices includes a personal Cabana attendant who will bring drinks, refill the water, get your floating mats and tell you when lunch is served. The price included two mats but our attendant was happy to bring a 3rd at no extra charge. Included in the cabana is an Iced cooler filled with large bottles of Evian water and four or five beach towels (so we didn't need to take ours off the ship). Drink as much Evian as you like, they'll keep refilling it. The cabana is three sides and a roof. It has a large wrap around thickly padded couch, a ceiling fan and two nicely padded lounge chairs. The view was amazing and it was nice to get in and out of the water without getting all sandy. In addition, you have your buffet lunch with the Cabana Beach Club guests and which includes an upgraded buffet. The buffet was fine, and included shrimp and steak. They ran out of shrimp and steak within an hour so be sure to line up for the food when they open. My nephew took his nap on the couch and my mom appreciated the shade and ceiling fan. I loved the water and floating on the mat while gazing at the ship in the background. It was the best beach day ever. If we had little kids that wanted to swim or play in the sand we would have stayed in the first cabana on the right. It was over the water but two steps away from the entrance to the shallow part of the beach and the kids could have played. Our Cabana went right into deeper water. We visited the artisan market. It wasn't as aggressive as some reported. Please visit the market and support the local vendors. However, if you have an electric scooter do not attempt to take it up the steep hill to the top hill vendors. My mom did and her scooter battery died on her way back to the cabana. The staff were very kind and put the scooter on a truck and delivered it as well as us to the entrance to the pier. Jamaica: We loved the Dunn's River Falls. Despite what the brochures or ship excursion people may say it is not for the very young or very old. You need to have good knees and the ability to crawl up the side of a rock formation with slippery conditions. If falling on a slippery rock will break a hip or throw out your back don't do this climb. My sister has a bulging disc in her back and although she can walk, if she were to fall she would experience severe back spasms, so she didn't hike. My mom was able to sit in a shady area by the water and wait for us. Next stop was the Dolphin's Cove. It was nice. If we had small kids on this trip I think it would have been perfect but we weren't interested in swimming with or kissing a dolphin. It was a pretty area and included a small buffet lunch. We would have liked to return to the ship earlier but because the stop was scheduled for almost three hours we had to wait. If I could do it all over again, we would have skipped Dolphin's Cove and just done the express Dunn's River Falls excursion. The area is paved but the hills can be steep. Dolphins Cove is a very, very steep walk down a paved area to the beach. My BIL did most of the work with the wheelchair because it was difficult to navigate. Cozumel: We booked the Discover Mexico museum and Chakanaab park. We were really impressed with both. We had a tour guide that did a wonderful job of escorting us through the art museum and explaining key pieces and how they relate to Mexican history and culture. The miniatures were very well done and the guide explained all the key temples along with the history of Mexico and the cultural heritage. We were very impressed with this museum it was completely paved and easy to navigate in a wheelchair. After, we went to the Chakanaab Park. This was a wonderful beach area with a pool, restaurant, bars, snorkeling and swimming. It was absolutely beautiful. The park has beach wheelchairs for use. They were surprisingly easy to push so we used this for my mom and left her wheelchair at the front of the park. After arrival we had lunch at the only restaurant at the park. It had a wonderful view and was very beautiful. Unfortunately, the food was very expensive and the quality was poor. As a matter of fact I began to feel a little nauseous about 2 hours after eating there. Snorkeling was $15 for the equipment and worth every penny. We had such a fun time snorkeling and seeing all the colorful fish, sponges and sea fans. It was great snorkeling for a beginner and we loved it. Unlike the excursion in Jamaica, this tour was organized around the participants going at their own pace and taking Taxi's to their destination. We stayed together as a group for the museum, but when we were done with Chakanaab Park, our guide hailed a taxi and we were on our way back to the boat. We didn't have to wait for a large group of people. The best part was, the excursion included the Taxi fare so we only had to tip the driver. Disembarkation was a breeze. You collect your luggage then go through customs. If you have a ton a bags you'll want to save a little bit of cash for the porters who will greet you once you get in the terminal. It was so helpful to have someone get the suitcases. Overall, it was a wonderful week with a lot to do and fun activities to get involved in. I would book Oasis or Allure again, but would probably be just as content on a Freedom class ship if the price is right. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
We flew in a day early and stayed at Embassy Suites on 17th street. The other couple we traveled with did not know he needed a suit for the cruise so the guys hopped on some public transportation and went and purchased one. They where back ... Read More
We flew in a day early and stayed at Embassy Suites on 17th street. The other couple we traveled with did not know he needed a suit for the cruise so the guys hopped on some public transportation and went and purchased one. They where back within an hour. They said everyone was helpful on their shopping journey. As for the rest of us we sat at the pool and drank. Then the adults found a wonderful mexican restaurant to eat at within walking distance. The boys wanted to order pizza and sit on the balcony and eat dinner. We left for the ship at about 10:30 and where on enjoying it by 11:30. We went straight for the zip line and did that first. Make sure you have tennis shoes, I was wearing water shoes and they would not allow me to do it with those on. I then wore my husband shoes and they allowed me to do it. It was fun! We explored the ship and had some of the roast beef sandwiches at Park Cafe. Our bags arrived early and we all changed and went to the pool. I think we where the only ones there! All of the shows that we saw where great. Water show, ice show, comedians, headliner. We had reservations for some of them but the other ones we just waited in line and always got in. My boys took flow rider lessons. They had a blast. I got some great pictures. Well worth the money at $60 an hour. The food on the cruise was GREAT. I can't believe when I hear others complain about it. Some people are just never happy. Most mornings we ordered room service for breakfast. The boys stayed in an inside cabin across from us. They came over and ate on the balcony with us. We had late night dining at 8:30PM. Service was amazing. We also ate at Seafood shack and johnny rockets, both very good! Excursion where all great. Zip lined in Haiti and then we got back on the ship. I did not care for haiti but we had tons of fun on the ship while it was almost empty. Jamaica we did a catamaran boat and as always that was a blast. We did some shopping close to the boat after the catamaran. Cozumel we did swim with the sting rays. Was very fun! Went to senior frogs and then hung out at the beach at senior frogs. It is walking distance to the boat. I have no complaints this was a vacation of a life time. Bar tab ended up being 1500.00 at end of cruise, oh well...good time was had by all! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Embarkation: 5 minutes, beautiful ship, forget the balconies over Central Park or Boardwalk, unless you enjoy being watched and watching people. The view from our 11th floor Central Park was as if you were in NYC and your building was ... Read More
Embarkation: 5 minutes, beautiful ship, forget the balconies over Central Park or Boardwalk, unless you enjoy being watched and watching people. The view from our 11th floor Central Park was as if you were in NYC and your building was taller then the other condo's as you looked down and saw all the skylights from the Promenade. Make your reservations early for the shows; they are the best on the Ocean.The food: Main dining room was fair at best. The specialty restaurants are as better, but not extraordinary, Chops can not compare to any special steak restaurant, 150 Park Central is very nice, the wine list is very expensive, and Giovanni's was very nice with many different items available. Breakfast is not available in the Windjammer because it is so small and crowded, the Solarium was best for breakfast and lunch. Park Central Cafe is as good as everyone reports but very small, Johnnie Rockets is Johnnie Rockets.Make your reservations early for the shows; they are the best on the OceanThis ship caters to the family, and even though it was the 1st week in May there were over 400 children on the ship and they eat late and stay up very late. I'm not a smoker but ½ of the pool deck & casino is devoted to smoking not that pleasant.Make your reservations early for the shows; they are the best on the Ocean The shows are the best on the Ocean, make your reservations early. This is our 16th cruise and the ship and entertainment is extraordinary, but once is enough, but you must try it once. Enjoy Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
My husband and I took this cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. It was the first time the two of us had gone away together for more than a night or two since our marriage(no honeymoon, either!!), so we were looking forward to ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. It was the first time the two of us had gone away together for more than a night or two since our marriage(no honeymoon, either!!), so we were looking forward to this!The embarkation was quick and easy. The debarkation was kind of a pain. We ended up having a late time and they were running behind, so we spent a lot of time waiting around with a huge crowd of people. Next time, we'll do the early debarkation and carry off our luggage!The cabin was wonderful. Plenty of closet/storage space for us. Our steward came right away and introduced himself and we never had to ask for a thing, it was all taken care of before we could even think of it. On the 2nd day we got to our cabin and there was a bottle of champagne on ice for us with a note saying it was compliments of guest services for our anniversary. WOW! That was wonderful. We took it out on our balcony and enjoy it together.The dining room was good, service seemed a bit lax, but with so many people, I can be patient. The Windjammer is usually very crowded so we ended up going other places for lunch/breakfast. We enjoyed the Solarium Bistro for breakfast most mornings as it had healthier alternatives, such as fruite, granola and turkey bacon/sausage. We did the Blackbeard's Cay excursion (just the beach, not the rays) in Nassau and it was just the right amount of time for us. I loved watching the turquoise water as our boat took us there. St. Thomas, we just got off and hit a few shops right there and then went back on the ship. We wanted the quiet of having very few people on the ship with us. St. Maarten, took a water taxi to the beach/town. It let us off right at a small beach and we wandered down the beach and then wandered a few shops and went back to the ship to enjoy the quiet time again.The shows were great. Make your reservations online before going, though or you risk not getting a seat. The same goes for specialy dinner areas, too.Our biggest issue was the staff in the bars. We went into one bar to get a drink and there were two bartenders behind the bar. Both of them were leaning against the counter and neither one of them made a move to help us. We finally asked them if we could get a drink. They looked at each other and then one of them just walked out. The other one made a face and said "what do you want?" Very rude. The bar staff in other bars were also not very friendly.Overall, it was a great trip for us. Would we go on this ship again? YES! We were afraid it would be too big, but we didn't really notice the crowds as there are so many places for the people to be. Our next cruise will be on the Allure of the Seas (gotta try it, too!) and we'll be doing a back-to-back cruise. Can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
The Oasis is massive but being a big ship has its pros and cons. The best things about the Oasis are the shows, activities and facilities. The rooms were bright, new and clean. The open areas were expansive, wonderfully decorated and ... Read More
The Oasis is massive but being a big ship has its pros and cons. The best things about the Oasis are the shows, activities and facilities. The rooms were bright, new and clean. The open areas were expansive, wonderfully decorated and unique. Even though there were 6000 passengers on the boat, the only time that we ever saw crowds were at the shows. The shows were hands down the best part of our cruise. There was a different show every night and they were all professionally done. I felt like I was on Broadway in NYC. To make your trip smoother, make sure you reserve all of your showings online before the cruise. Also, there is no need to get there 30 minutes early to find a seat - usually 10 minutes is more than enough. We had a oceanview balcony room and highly recommend it! Given how big the ship was, if you did not seek out the ocean, you can easily forget that you were sailing in it. Waking up to the ocean views was priceless especially when having room service breakfast on the balcony. Our favorite part of the ship was the Central Park because it was a serene escape from the noise and madness of the parties held throughout the boat. Now onto the bad. Having to service 6000 passengers means that the service is subpar. During dinner, we had to ask our waiter repeatedly for items. We never saw our headwaiter (and wished we didnt tip her) and our assistant waiter always looked exhaustive and checked out. The food was much worse than on the 4 other Royal Caribbean cruises that we have been on - most of the hot food was served cold and the meats were overcooked. Avoid the Windjammer during breakfast - the crowds are crazy and it was like a bazaar. By 9:30am I had to scratch the side of the pot for any remaining oatmeal. Eat breakfast at Opus Dining Room when it is open (make sure you go to the a la carte and not buffet side side), Park Cafe or anywhere else. The speciality restaurants were okay. Giovanni's is worth trying but the food at Izumi was not good. Everyone got their entrees at different times and the service was slow. Have lunch at the Dining Room when it is open as well - the salad bar is amazing. Be careful of the Flowrider! I took a private lesson at night and when I did the surfing, I "wiped out", hit my head on the back of the board and almost had a concussion. When I went to the medical center they said that they have 5 accidents a day on the flowrider - some guy got foam embedded his nail and another broke his finger. If you must go on, make sure you learn how to fall correctly. Ports Try to get the sailing that does not go to Mexico. Cozumel and Costa Maya are very run done. There is nothing to do except for a shore excursion that involves snorkeling or scuba diving. We have been to Mexico a lot and definitely do not feel that these 2 ports give a good you a good taste of Mexico Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
What can I say about the Oasis of the Seas except the best dinning and entertainment we have experienced on any of the Royal Craibbean ship we have been on. We did lots of specialty dinning with our $500 cabin credit from cashing in our ... Read More
What can I say about the Oasis of the Seas except the best dinning and entertainment we have experienced on any of the Royal Craibbean ship we have been on. We did lots of specialty dinning with our $500 cabin credit from cashing in our cruise point from our Royal Caribbean Visa card. All of the new dinning venues were fantastic but especially Giavanni's table and the spinach souffle was to die for! The Park Central cafe was especially loved and Chops was great as always. We loved out boardwalk balcony room and watching the Aqua Theater show right from our balcony. The show Hairspray was just awesome as was the ice show, Aqua theater shows. Loved the special singing appearance of the stars of Hairspray that should be done in a larger venue is was fantastic. So few negative things to report but here it goes. Yes the cabins are a tad smaller, completely skip the specialty cupcakes tasted more like a dry bran muffin ick! The comedy show was rather lack luster only entertainment all week we didn't care fore. Surprisingly enough didn't care for the Solarium at all even though it is out favorite place to hang out at the pool on Voyager and Freedom Class ships but on the other hand loved the main pool with the Caribbean band WAY more so not too bad a trade off. Port stops were fine loved Labadee as always, Costa Maya was nice and went tot he Malecon and strolled the beach, Cozumel we did an island taxi tour and discovered Paradise beach club for next time. We booked the Adventure of the Seas our of PR while on board and I'm thinking we will be booking the Allure sometime in the future! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
Great fun on my 20th Anniversary trip on Oasis. My Tips and comments. 1] See all the shows...I'm not a big show guy but they were highlight of the trip. 2] Ship only felt cramped a couple of times. 3] Food and service ... Read More
Great fun on my 20th Anniversary trip on Oasis. My Tips and comments. 1] See all the shows...I'm not a big show guy but they were highlight of the trip. 2] Ship only felt cramped a couple of times. 3] Food and service were great, did my time never waited more than 3or4 minutes for table no matter when we went. Only saw a line once or twice to get in. 4] Sit down lunch at Opus (dining room) was best lunch on ship (we mostly ate at solarium because wife liked it up there (light fare)and then we discovered sit down lunch and it was awesome. 5] Roast beef sandwich at Park cafe was not to be missed. 6] biggest issue was lack of free drinks and most juice and stuff was watered down. 7] Mixed drinks were not really over priced. And if you found a good bar tender and stuck with him/her. 8]Labadee was OK but crowded and some one should tell the natives not to bug the cruisers and they will sell more stuff! Most people are intimidated to check out what seemed to be some cool hand made trinkets. My advise is get there before 10am and find a hammock in the shade or a nice shady spot. 9]Casa maya was lame and RCI should find alternative stop. Mamasita's at the pier was kinda fun and they had great Mohitos... did not eat, have lunch before you leave boat. 10]Cozumel was nice, went to Nachi Cocom. Food was good, beach was nice, drinks ok but pleantiful, snorkeling was decent also. 11] Wife did zip line was cool but kinda a gimmick. good photo op! 12 Flow rider was awesome and got the hang of it right away and got my fat body to do a full roll on second try, had to try to fall off. could of done it all day...can't wait till they start making them for home use. 13] The tip they grab for my time dining does include your cabin cleaning also so don't tip them seperate like I almost did. 14] Jazz club and dance clubs were decent, I think we went to every bar once or twice. 15] take advantage of all the photo oportunities and photographers you never know you may want some of them. 16] If you do early or late dining option then get a table assignment early than your time on the first night otherwise you may end up at an unpleasant table (like us) so we switched to my time. 17] Don't try to bring a bottle of booze on board, they will probably find it 19] Beds were very comfy! 20] My phone service worked the whole week except in port. So I got e-mails and could text. So I did sneak in a couple of responses. 21] Take less cloths than you think you will need. I thought I did but didn't wear them all. 22] Hot tub spa's in solarium were awesome and we even watched live NFL sipping frozen drinks in spa...just awesome. 23] Football and Baseball games were on in most the bars if you look. 24] Casino was gross if you are a non smoker. I thought there was a non smoking side but it was bad! 25] Get to shows early and get a front row seat or as close as you can. There is no such thing as too close and stay near isle if you want drink service. Have fun, you will love it! Greg Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
This is our 5th cruise, 3 on Disney, 2nd on Oasis of the Seas. We sailed the eastern Caribbean in January 2010, and now did the western Caribbean Sept 18-25. On our first Oasis cruise, we booked two more cruises because we loved the ship, ... Read More
This is our 5th cruise, 3 on Disney, 2nd on Oasis of the Seas. We sailed the eastern Caribbean in January 2010, and now did the western Caribbean Sept 18-25. On our first Oasis cruise, we booked two more cruises because we loved the ship, the food, and the kids club and nursery onboard. Up until the Oasis, only Disney had a nursery and a place parents could drop off their kids under 2 years old for a few hours. I'm writing this on the say I got back from the cruise so everything is still fresh in my memory. Me (37), wife (37), daughter (3.5), and son (15 months) all shared a category D3 room, deck 10 starboard, room 610, pretty much in the middle of the ship. Last cruise we were on deck 14 midship. Being high up on deck 14 was cool, but since deck 14 is below the pool deck (15), a few nights were noisy with late night pool parties. Deck 10 was very quiet every night and we loved that. Deck 14 was nice because that is the deck where the kid's club/nursery were, but being on deck 10 wasn't a huge problem. This was our first cruise where my daughter actually told me she WANTED to go to the kid's club, which was a nice change of events for us (rather than hearing her crying as we dropped her off). The 3-5 group—the "Auquanauts"—had a planned out morning, afternoon and evening programs of activities and my daughter really enjoyed it. We normally dropped her off in the afternoon from 2-5, then picked them up, got them ready for dinner, then after dinner we'd walk around the ship with the kids letting them run around, then somewhere between 7-8, we'd take them back to the kid's club until 10pm. This gave my wife and I plenty of time to relax in the afternoon in the adult's only area, and in the evening to check out some of the acts or just get a drink at one of the many bars. We'd drop my son off at the nursery and he never took it well (but neither did my daughter at that age). Still, as upset as he was to be dropped off, the girls in the nursery always took him with a smile and were very professional. They gave him lots of attention. Often we'd pick him up and there would be 2-3 girls around him, playing with him, taking care of him. We were very happy with the nursery and the Auquanauts staff. They really put a lot of effort into keeping the kids entertained. The main dining room food was great as it was last time. The service in the main dining room wasn't as good as our last cruise. The waiter was slow and less attentive. On our first day we hadn't been assigned a table (as did many other people) and so I was in a line for nearly 30 minutes waiting to get a table assigned. I was hungry and very annoyed. I felt the head waiter should have been on top of this and mentioned it to him, but he gave me some excuse..blah blah..smile smile..whatever. I cut his tip in half because of that experience. I didn't give great tips for the waiter or assistant waiter either as I felt they could have done much better (I am a former waiter, so I know what reasonable expectations are.). On the plus side out stateroom attendant, Jesus, was better than our attendant on the last cruise, and I made sure he got a great tip. Very nice guy, always a towel animal for the kids, always lined up my kids stuffed animals in a fun way. He got the pull out sofa setup each night and put away each morning. I really liked him—great attitude. We decided to try a specialty restaurant, and the one that seemed most interesting to me was 150 Central Park. Now, my wife and I were to be charged $35 each to eat here, which seemed a little much at first, but then I found out what the meal was and man, is this place a great deal. 150 Central Park is a "tasting experience" restaurant—not a comfort food restaurant. You will try 6 courses of food combinations and preparations you probably have never had before. The whole thing takes 2 hours, and I know from experience, if I were to have restaurant experienced like this in Chicago where I live, it would have cost my wife and I $200-$250, and here at 150 Central Park we paid $70 for the meal (which included the tip!), and $23 for two glasses of wine to go with the meal. Please try to go to this place if you can, it was just excellent, the waiter was fantastic and the food was fun to try and savor. They have bottles of wine for $7,800—just in case you are into extremely expensive wines (there is a 15% tip automatically added too!). Giovanni's Table, Chops and Izumi's looked nice, but they are things I eat all the time where I live now, so that is why 150 Central Park stands out. I'd like to try Vintages Tapas in place of a meal on the next cruise. Labadee was HOT HOT HOT. UGH. Crazy HOT. Except for the nice buildings and beach equipment, there were plenty of indications of how poor this country is. There was a pathetic band playing during the so-so bbq lunch. I mean, the band of native hatians nearly sounded drunk when they were sining. It was not enjoyable. Then of course they were holding of a copy of their latest CD after every other song. Great, I'll take 10 and give them out as gift to family at Christmas. One thing I thought was so annoying about Labadee was that we walked off the ship, and there were no uniformed Royal Caribbean people ANYWHERE to direct us or help answer questions. Geez. There was a "information" building that was run but the locals but inside were 3 people manning a desk, only 1 of which could be bothered to answer questions so I just gave up on that place and finally found a native that was setting up chairs where the best beach for a family was. He pointed out a beach that was OK, but later I learned the best family beach was the beach on the harbor side. Great. Also, Royal Caribbean couldn't find any way to haul out a few large water dispensers so a guy with a few kids could get a safe drink of water, but they could roll out crates of bottled water and charge $4 for them, with nothing but fruit punch of tea available until 11:30am. That is a theme with Royal Caribbean - nickel and dime..nickel and dime. I never feel this on a Disney cruise. Costa Maya ...I had booked a Jungle Beach Break in advance, but after I found out the excursion didn't leave the dock until 1:45pm and got back at 7pm (making us miss our main dining that evening), my wife and I opted to just take a loss on the tour and not go. We did not feel comfortable to leave the excursion early by ourselves and take a private cab back for what we were told was a 50 minute drive from the pier. I'm sure 99.999999% of the time I would not end up being kidnapped/killed by drug kingpens or paramilitaries, but my wife and I were not in any mood to chance it with our kids. I did know that tickets were non-refundable when I bought them, but lesson learned, I'll never prebook an excursion again. With little kids, our excursions needs to leave in the morning and get back by mid-afternoon at the latest. Costa Maya, off the dock area was really neat though, and we did walk around the shops and get a few drinks at one of the restaurants. I thought it was a fun, clean, family friendly place. I would go back. Cozumel. We did the Deluxe Beach Break which cost $69/person (no charge for my kids). That includes a great commercial beach area with many nice ammenties. This beach area is a business catering to the cruise excursion group. I really liked it. They had a nice clean, sandy beach, lots of oungers, umbrellas, a swingset and litte kid play area. The main dining area was big and nice. If you didn't care about drinking and eating, it was just $29/person. I have to say, the food was not worth it. It was OK, but worth maybe $5. The drinks were good, but the food and drinks were no way worth the extra $40 over just getting into the beach area alone. If I were to do it over, I'd just buy the entrance to the beach for $29/person. The busses to and from were very nice and all was handled very professionally. The trip only took 15 minutes or so. The beach resort was called Playa Mia—VERY family friendly. One thing I wish Royal Caribbean could figure out how to do is to allow someone to put their tips on up through the last day of the curise, and in an amount they specify for the 4 main people you tip on the cruise. Disney figured out how to do this. With Disney Cruise Line I just write down how much I want to tip each person, then they give that person a credit, and give me a receipt to put in that tip envelop for that person. Brilliant! I had to jump through hoops on my January cruise and use an ATM with a very expensive charge to get cash to tip the people that took care of my family and I. I was upset and very annoyed. With Royal Caribbean, they will only let you use your SeaPass up to till the day before the last day, and then only the set amount they specify. So stupid and does not make the experience very elegant. So, we'll be back on Royal Caribbean again in January for another go round with eastern Caribbean. We really do like the ship and the kids clubs/nursery. We LOVE the food (they beat Disney hands down here), but I wish they would fix a few of the things I mentioned above to make the trip more enjoyable. And oh yeah, if you want me to fill out your survey Royal Caribbean, offer me something--$5 credit on my next cruise....I don't know..but I'm not doing it for free. Just a thought. Second Time on the Oasis This is my 5th cruise, 3 on Disney, 2nd on Oasis of the Seas. I sailed the eastern Caribbean in January 2010, and now did the western Caribbean Sept 18-25. On our first Oasis cruise, we booked two more cruises because we loved the ship, the food, and the kids club and nursery onboard. Up until the Oasis, only Disney had a nursery and a place parents could drop off their kids under 2 years old for a few hours. I'm writing this on the say I got back from the cruise so everything is still fresh in my memory. Me (37), wife (37), daughter (3.5), and son (15 months) all shared a category D3 room, deck 10 starboard, room 610, pretty much in the middle of the ship. Last cruise we were on deck 14 midship. Being high up on deck 14 was cool, but since deck 14 is below the pool deck (15), a few nights were noisy with late night pool parties. Deck 10 was very quiet every night and we loved that. Deck 14 was nice because that is the deck where the kid's club/nursery were, but being on deck 10 wasn't a huge problem. This was our first cruise where my daughter actually told me she WANTED to go to the kid's club, which was a nice change of events for us (rather than hearing her crying as we dropped her off). The 3-5 group—the "Auquanauts"—had a planned out morning, afternoon and evening programs of activities and my daughter really enjoyed it. We normally dropped her off in the afternoon from 2-5, then picked them up, got them ready for dinner, then after dinner we'd walk around the ship with the kids letting them run around, then somewhere between 7-8, we'd take them back to the kid's club until 10pm. This gave my wife and I plenty of time to relax in the afternoon in the adult's only area, and in the evening to check out some of the acts or just get a drink at one of the many bars. We'd drop my son off at the nursery and he never took it well (but neither did my daughter at that age). Still, as upset as he was to be dropped off, the girls in the nursery always took him with a smile and were very professional. They gave him lots of attention. Often we'd pick him up and there would be 2-3 girls around him, playing with him, taking care of him. We were very happy with the nursery and the Auquanauts staff. They really put a lot of effort into keeping the kids entertained. The main dining room food was great as it was last time. The service in the main dining room wasn't as good as our last cruise. The waiter was slow and less attentive. On our first day we hadn't been assigned a table (as did many other people) and so I was in a line for nearly 30 minutes waiting to get a table assigned. I was hungry and very annoyed. I felt the head waiter should have been on top of this and mentioned it to him, but he gave me some excuse..blah blah..smile smile..whatever. I cut his tip in half because of that experience. I didn't give great tips for the waiter or assistant waiter either as I felt they could have done much better (I am a former waiter, so I know what reasonable expectations are.). On the plus side out stateroom attendant, Jesus, was better than our attendant on the last cruise, and I made sure he got a great tip. Very nice guy, always a towel animal for the kids, always lined up my kids stuffed animals in a fun way. He got the pull out sofa setup each night and put away each morning. I really liked him—great attitude. We decided to try a specialty restaurant, and the one that seemed most interesting to me was 150 Central Park. Now, my wife and I were to be charged $35 each to eat here, which seemed a little much at first, but then I found out what the meal was and man, is this place a great deal. 150 Central Park is a "tasting experience" restaurant—not a comfort food restaurant. You will try 6 courses of food combinations and preparations you probably have never had before. The whole thing takes 2 hours, and I know from experience, if I were to have restaurant experienced like this in Chicago where I live, it would have cost my wife and I $200-$250, and here at 150 Central Park we paid $70 for the meal (which included the tip!), and $23 for two glasses of wine to go with the meal. Please try to go to this place if you can, it was just excellent, the waiter was fantastic and the food was fun to try and savor. They have bottles of wine for $7,800—just in case you are into extremely expensive wines (there is a 15% tip automatically added too!). Giovanni's Table, Chops and Izumi's looked nice, but they are things I eat all the time where I live now, so that is why 150 Central Park stands out. I'd like to try Vintages Tapas in place of a meal on the next cruise. Labadee was HOT HOT HOT. UGH. Crazy HOT. Except for the nice buildings and beach equipment, there were plenty of indications of how poor this country is. There was a pathetic band playing during the so-so bbq lunch. I mean, the band of native hatians nearly sounded drunk when they were sining. It was not enjoyable. Then of course they were holding of a copy of their latest CD after every other song. Great, I'll take 10 and give them out as gift to family at Christmas. One thing I thought was so annoying about Labadee was that we walked off the ship, and there were no uniformed Royal Caribbean people ANYWHERE to direct us or help answer questions. Geez. There was a "information" building that was run but the locals but inside were 3 people manning a desk, only 1 of which could be bothered to answer questions so I just gave up on that place and finally found a native that was setting up chairs where the best beach for a family was. He pointed out a beach that was OK, but later I learned the best family beach was the beach on the harbor side. Great. Also, Royal Caribbean couldn't find any way to haul out a few large water dispensers so a guy with a few kids could get a safe drink of water, but they could roll out crates of bottled water and charge $4 for them, with nothing but fruit punch of tea available until 11:30am. That is a theme with Royal Caribbean - nickel and dime..nickel and dime. I never feel this on a Disney cruise. Costa Maya ...I had booked a Jungle Beach Break in advance, but after I found out the excursion didn't leave the dock until 1:45pm and got back at 7pm (making us miss our main dining that evening), my wife and I opted to just take a loss on the tour and not go. We did not feel comfortable to leave the excursion early by ourselves and take a private cab back for what we were told was a 50 minute drive from the pier. I'm sure 99.999999% of the time I would not end up being kidnapped/killed by drug kingpens or paramilitaries, but my wife and I were not in any mood to chance it with our kids. I did know that tickets were non-refundable when I bought them, but lesson learned, I'll never prebook an excursion again. With little kids, our excursions needs to leave in the morning and get back by mid-afternoon at the latest. Costa Maya, off the dock area was really neat though, and we did walk around the shops and get a few drinks at one of the restaurants. I thought it was a fun, clean, family friendly place. I would go back. Cozumel. We did the Deluxe Beach Break which cost $69/person (no charge for my kids). That includes a great commercial beach area with many nice ammenties. This beach area is a business catering to the cruise excursion group. I really liked it. They had a nice clean, sandy beach, lots of oungers, umbrellas, a swingset and litte kid play area. The main dining area was big and nice. If you didn't care about drinking and eating, it was just $29/person. I have to say, the food was not worth it. It was OK, but worth maybe $5. The drinks were good, but the food and drinks were no way worth the extra $40 over just getting into the beach area alone. If I were to do it over, I'd just buy the entrance to the beach for $29/person. The busses to and from were very nice and all was handled very professionally. The trip only took 15 minutes or so. The beach resort was called Playa Mia—VERY family friendly. One thing I wish Royal Caribbean could figure out how to do is to allow someone to put their tips on up through the last day of the curise, and in an amount they specify for the 4 main people you tip on the cruise. Disney figured out how to do this. With Disney Cruise Line I just write down how much I want to tip each person, then they give that person a credit, and give me a receipt to put in that tip envelop for that person. Brilliant! I had to jump through hoops on my January cruise and use an ATM with a very expensive charge to get cash to tip the people that took care of my family and I. I was upset and very annoyed. With Royal Caribbean, they will only let you use your SeaPass up to till the day before the last day, and then only the set amount they specify. So stupid and does not make the experience very elegant. So, we'll be back on Royal Caribbean again in January for another go round with eastern Caribbean. We really do like the ship and the kids clubs/nursery. We LOVE the food (they beat Disney hands down here), but I wish they would fix a few of the things I mentioned above to make the trip more enjoyable. And oh yeah, if you want me to fill out your survey Royal Caribbean, offer me something--$5 credit on my next cruise....I don't know..but I'm not doing it for free. Just a thought. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Our party consisted of 2 adults (male59/female53) and 2 teenagers (female18/male16). Having sailed on the Enchantment and the Freedom, we are not RCCL "experts", but had very positive experiences on both, and were looking for a ... Read More
Our party consisted of 2 adults (male59/female53) and 2 teenagers (female18/male16). Having sailed on the Enchantment and the Freedom, we are not RCCL "experts", but had very positive experiences on both, and were looking for a truly top notch experience on the much hyped flagship of the fleet. While I still consider the overall experience to be very good, it seems the quest for a larger market share has perhaps begun to take it's toll in a few areas. On the positives, the ship is as impressive as touted. Our sailing was only 6 people shy of 100% maximum capacity, yet there was not the crowded feeling you would expect. With the exception of meal times in the Windjammer, one or two waits at the elevators, and a pretty full pool area on sea days, we did not feel the huge passenger load. The Promenade is huge and was always comfortable to walk through. Central Park became the immediate favorite area of both my wife and myself. The ambience was completely removed from being shipboard, especially with the lighting at night; it was never crowded,the greenery is wonderfully lush, and the seating is very comfortable.We did not dine in any of the specialty restaurants there, so cannot comment on their food. On deck, we did not care about having to be in a "poolside" chair, so we were easily able to find deck space in the condition of our choosing; sun or shade. The entertainment was excellent in our opinion. Fortunately, my wife ignored my objections to being on "too much of a schedule", and booked the shows ahead. We were both disappointed by "Hair Spray", but the majority of passengers we heard seemed to love it. Don't miss the Aqua Theater performance. The ice skating show was entertaining, but would have only rated as a toss up for me, until the performance of the "sand writer" artist; what a talent. The "over 18" comedy acts were enjoyable; too bad they did not vary the shows a little more for repeat viewers. If you grew up in the early glory days of oldies/rock and roll, the performance of the group "The Unexpected Boys" will really be enjoyed. We finished the last night with the "Come Fly With ME" production, and it was a great finale for the week. The staff to passenger ratio seemed to be stretched a little thinner than on our previous ships, but they were always courteous and willing to help. For the negatives; some may seem trivial, but I heard quite a few other passengers who noticed the same things. Although this is not something the cruise line has control of, I found the ship to be overpopulated with lots of rude foreign passengers; not all of course, but those in this category were irritating enough that they dominated my opinion. They would cut in front of you in food lines, reach over your shoulder, step on your feet, or just push you aside, and think nothing of it. When the elevator door would open and reveal a full car, they were cramming 4 or 6 more of themselves in; damn anyone who was trying to exit. On the cruise lines negative list... Storage in the cabins is terrible. Access into the closet is extremely poor via the almost useless sliding doors. The nite stands with drawers have been replaced by undersized tables with useless open shelves, and the tall cabinet flanking the dressing area is only deep enough to store bottles of water and suntan lotion. The narrow shelf above the tv and the "magazine rack" style wall storage is nice, but the majority of storage, even in the bath area is open shelving, and prone to items falling off when the ship rolls(depression/tropical storm/huricane Alex was ahead of us, wind speeds were 35 to 40 knots for about a day and a half with periods of 8 to 14 foot seas; easily and comfortably handled by the ship, but keeping you aware of what you set on the shelves). The most annoying pet peeves for me were two things I atribute to the cruise line's fear of hurting someone's feelings and perhaps alienating them. First, there was way too much tolerance, in fact total ambivilance, to smoking around the ship in other than designated smoking areas. Second, there was an "anything goes" attitude for the dress code in the main dining room.I understand that everyone doesn't have, or wants to wear, a tux (myself included), or maybe even have a suit or sport coat; but I saw things that were totaly disrespectful to everyone who made the efforts for formal nights. Short pants and tee shirts,ok; one late teen/early 20's guy with an impeccable suit on...and a backwards facing baseball cap kept on for the entire seating,ok (I finally gave him the benefit of doubts for some medical condition, until the next night when he had shed the cap and had his hair moused up into 5' high spikes); girls in short shorts and tank tops,ok......hello..wake up RCCL, there are plenty of casual dining venues availabe other than formal nights in the main dining room for these people. Aside from what many may consider my trivial pet peeves, I did have what I consider the one major dsappointment on the ship....the food was just extraordinarily ordinary; the service was very good, but the food could use a definate upgrade. This is after all the "biggest cruise ship",flagship of the fleet vessel. Overall, a very positive experience, and I would recommend the Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
I have been on cruise critic since booking our trip and did read many reviews, but kept an open mind and didn't get tied into any expectations or worrying. I'm glad I didn't listen to the negatives for the most part. Is it a ... Read More
I have been on cruise critic since booking our trip and did read many reviews, but kept an open mind and didn't get tied into any expectations or worrying. I'm glad I didn't listen to the negatives for the most part. Is it a big boat, oh yea..but she's gorgeous and the attention to detail is outstanding. I'm not going to do a daily review, because i can't remember everything, but here are some highlights and a couple low lights to be fair. We are a 41 and 35 year old. She gets younger billing, but wanted you to know going in that we're laid back and roll with things. The food was great, but we ate at specialty restaurants 3 nights, in the dining room for the 2 formal nights and the first night and then somewhere else on Monday night. The restaurant food was great. The first night I had chicken something and the sauce on it was incredible. The lobster for the Thursday formal night was excellent. 150 central park had me worried. I'm a picky eater. Mostly meat and potatoes (ill get to chops in a minute), but the menu at 150 was excellent. I had never had Duck Confi before because the thought of duck wasn't appealing, but it was good. I tried many things that I had never tried before and they were all great. Chops was excellent. I told my wife our reservations were for 7:30 and they were for 6:30. I was still at one of the pool bars. The hostess called and rescheduled for 7:15 and we were seated right away. I had the 7oz filet and it melted in your mouth. My wife had ordered a bottle of wine in the restaurant and they went up and got it for her. We also got a seat at the chefs table. We sat with a great bunch of people and had a great time. The chef was friendly and the Sommellier was very knowlegeable and had a great personality as well. Again, I was worried about the menu and what i would be eating, but after my 150 central park experience, I was a little more at ease. Even the pea soup was good..and it was PEA soup. I did giggle when the somellier said this wine will really bring out the pea taste...come on..he said pea taste!!! Very glad we did those restaurants. SERVICE EVERYWHERE WAS OUTSTANDING...not only in the restaurants but everywhere. The bar waiter honestly forgot about my order. Our MDR waiter followed up after about 5 minutes when he noticed I didn't have a drink and I told him it was ordered but I didn't have it yet. The bar waiter came over with my drink, told me he forgot and that it was on him. I was so taken with his honesty that I told him to put it on my bill, but he insisted no. HE WAS HONEST..that was great to hear, no excuses, just "i screwed up, sorry"..I MIGHT have waited 10 minutes for a free drink..There should be more of honesty and less excuses. Anyway, SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT. Our room was a D6 balcony. Nothing special about the room. I brought a power strip so my wife would be able to plug in her hair dryer and "straightener". We had places to store our clothes. I put mine on the floor of the closet, hung my clothes and my wife had the 2 dresser drawers and the "cubbies" above the safe. Our suit cases went under the bed and we were unpacked. there was enough space in the bathroom for her makeup and my toothbrush and shaving crap. There was no toothbrush holder, but we found a glass and used that, no issues.. Our room attendant was "michael". My name is michael and I joked with my wife that if my name had been Scott, he would have said you can call me "scott". There is a song like that somewhere. He was great, but we're not high maintenance. He had our ice full, but we never used it. He forgot to make our room one night (service is 2 times a day), but we didn't use it since the first time he made it. He was so appologetic, but we told him not to worry about it. I can imagine how some people would have laid into him.. The trip was just PERFECT, but I do have to be honest and list a few things I didn't like. The europeans as a whole were nice to be around, but some of them are just down right RUDE..I had heard this, and I did experience it. My wife was in line at a store, and was next when a couple came in and interrupted the lady checking out the person in front of my wife, with "just a question" that took 5 minutes. Then another couple walked RIGHT in front of my wife to the counter. I pushed my wife aside and waited in her place, boy was i steamed. The cashier saw them and ignored them and looked at my wife and asked to help her. They started to say something but both my look and the cashier must have put them in their place. I'll never forget how they did that. Another issue was with some south americans.. I was in the pool and a group were being loud and obnoxious and so were their kids. I had my suspicions, but a group of 3 foreign ladies were annoyed and I heard her say something, the only word I understood was "brazillians"...with a nasty tone..I laughed and walked away.. Most everyone we encountered including ones with a south american accent, were a joy to deal with and be around. The exeptions were the ones who thought they were owed something or had special privileges. They wouldn't move out of the way when they were crossing your path and just thought the ship was theirs..they were put in their place a few times and it was great to see..We had about 5400 passengers, and i'll bet maybe 50 or so rude, ignorant idiots.. Enough of that. My other issue is with the charge for everything. It did feel like you were charged for a lot on the boat. You expect to pay for things in the stores, but we went and got a donut and I was surprised that the person behind the counter said it was free.. We were on vacation, so it wouldn't have mattered, we'd have eaten the donuts anyway, but the expectation to have to pay shouldn't be there, in my mind, for food on the boat. We ate at johnny rockets and the seafood shack and paid. We knew it wouldn't be free, but again, the history of a ship is that the food is included and I sort of feel like RCL is trying to rewrite things. I'm not even sure RIGHT now how much our bill total was. I didn't want to look and never did. We were on vacation and had saved for many extras, so I HOPE we're covered. I won't go on vacation if I have to worry about spending money, so we didn't, but I'll bet we won't be booking this ship for a while until we build up our vacation fund again. Great trip, book the ship but beware of the extra fees ahead of time and you'll enjoy yourself. The shows are great...COME FLY WITH ME and the Ice show was great (especially the sand sculpturer) great to see in person. It was a busy cruise, and my wife felt like I was dragging her around alot, but there was a lot to see. It would have been nice if we could have booked the B2B, but work comes first. Congrats on booking, you won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
The whole experience was thoroughly amazing - we checked in, through the new terminal building in Fort Lauderdale extremely helpful staff, we got out the taxi and straight away our luggage was taken, having used the labels sent in our ... Read More
The whole experience was thoroughly amazing - we checked in, through the new terminal building in Fort Lauderdale extremely helpful staff, we got out the taxi and straight away our luggage was taken, having used the labels sent in our cruise booklet.So then we proceeded into the terminal , quickly directed into the disabled line up, where staff were on hand to meet all my needs as required . Then the welcome on board photo shoot we were bowled over by the slick polished performance. Our cabin was outstanding gosh were we excited !! Several tannoys guide us through the first departure - then to play with the interactive tv , booking our trip at each port I was travelling with my brother and his wife so they linked our cabins so we could book our trips together . Then to dinner all the dining experience we did at our time dining when we wanted basically and the longest line up was about 5- 10 mins thevwaiting staff were very attentitive having paid our gratuaties up front we ate , any wine we had left was saved for the next night which amazed us , the food was excellent and very well presented. Away from the restaurents the staff were always on hand to guide you . Next the shows from water, ice , brordway and headliners I went twice to the ice and broadway show brilliant . Guidence for all activites were via a daily newspaper left in your cabin each day , your rooms were cleaned twice a day on the second session your cabin staff made attractive animals with a towel so we found going back to your cabin at the end of the night exciting too just to see what animal you had got . Overall all a six star experience by Royal Caribean !!!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
Oasis of the Seas Trip Report - January 23 - 30, 2010 Pre-cruise: We stayed at the Hyatt Airport North in Fort Lauderdale for 2 days pre cruise. We really liked this hotel and the location. We were one block away from a shopping plaza, ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas Trip Report - January 23 - 30, 2010 Pre-cruise: We stayed at the Hyatt Airport North in Fort Lauderdale for 2 days pre cruise. We really liked this hotel and the location. We were one block away from a shopping plaza, Harbor Shops had several restaurants including a Five Guys Burgers and a cool spot called Grumpy Gators with outside and inside dining. There is also a Publix Supermarket here. You can catch a free on Friday Sun Trolley at the Publix to take you to the beach too. Free airport shuttle and free shuttle to the cruise port along with free continental breakfast make the Hyatt a great bargain. Embarkation on Saturday was a breeze. We took the free hotel shuttle around 10:30 AM to terminal 18, a beautiful terminal with plenty of seating and easy check in. We waited about 20 minutes and were on board before 11:30AM. Our first impression was WOW! Oasis is truly an amazing ship. It struck me how beautiful she was. First thing we did was head up to the Sport deck to sign up for the Zipline. We had to wait until the desk opened at 12 noon. Once we were all signed up for that, we explored the ship. She is truly amazing. Everywhere we turned there was another WOW, another thing to take your breath away. We loved the Boardwalk and Central Park, especially at night the best. Our Cabin - 7266 Cat D8 Port Side We really liked the location of this cabin. It is in the aft, just off the stairwell and elevator bank on deck 7, very convenient to many popular ship areas. One deck up was Central Park, the perfect place to stroll the length of the ship. We were only one deck down to the Boardwalk and Aqua Theater at the aft and two decks down to the dining room (also aft) and Royal Promenade access and the Cafe Promenade. This was an ocean facing balcony with a beautiful view. Port side is especially nice for sail away in Fort Lauderdale. No noise issues, even with the stairs just outside the door. There is a loveseat, vanity with lighted mirror and nice wide screen TV. Plugs are under the desk, not so easy to access as many have mentioned. There is also a plug behind the bed. That's helpful for those who sleep with machines. Loved the bathroom nightlight....automatically the light dimmed, but did not shut off completely. No more blinding light in the middle of the night. Another thing they finally got right is the bar in the shower. The men I talked to had no idea what it was for, but the ladies were very appreciative of finally being able to shave the legs in an easy fashion. We found plenty of storage space in the closet and other shelving near the vanity. We put the small coffee table in the closet and this helped open up the room. No clothesline in the shower, but there are 2 hooks in there and 2 hooks in the bathroom wall and also more hooks on the bathroom door. Food: We did My Time Dining which worked out great for us. We only waited on one evening for about 10 minutes. This was on "lobster" night. The food in the dining room was fine, nothing outstanding in my mind, but it was good. We ate several times at the Park Cafe and really enjoyed the roast beef sandwiches everyone raves about. I also had a grilled cheese Panini which was good. I did not like the Cuban style Panini though because there were no pickles...it's just not right without them. There were also good soups here...make your own salad bar. For breakfast, the English muffin/egg sandwiches were good and they had a bagel bar with lots of toppings. Room service was prompt every time we used it. We had it for breakfast most times, but other times it was fine too. We had a wonderful lunch at Giovanni's table. Really liked the food here and the service was outstanding. The only complaint was there was too much food! You are offered an appetizer, soup, pasta dish, main dish and dessert. We booked this on our last day on the ship and by then we were tired of eating. Wish we'd have made our reservations earlier in the cruise for this one, we probably would have enjoyed it more then. We ate at Johnny Rockets for breakfast one day. It was pretty good. We also enjoyed dinner at the Seafood Shack. We were not planning on eating here. We figured we get so much fresh seafood here in New England, that there was no way it could compare. We were pleasantly surprised. While I've heard of many service issues here, we did not experience any and it was quiet when we were there. There was a waitress from Johnny Rockets there helping serve too. We really did not like the Windjammer. We only ate there once. I'm not a fan of buffet food anyway and the set up is confusing and seating is limited. Fortunately, there are so many other venues, that it was easy to avoid the Windjammer. Shows: We loved the Oasis of Dreams show in the Aqua Theater and the Come Fly With Me show. These two stand out to me. We missed Hairspray, but have seen it before locally. We enjoyed the parades and the late night disco party on the Promenade. The comedians were pretty good. Ports: St. Thomas we booked a tour with Papa Bear, aka Air Force One and had a great time with him. He is a LOUD talker, that is for sure. He took us to The Great House & Botanical Gardens with great views and the new home of the World Famous Banana Daiquiri, which was delicious! We stopped at other pretty vantage points along the way. We then elected to be dropped off at Sapphire Beach where I snorkeled for a while. Snorkeling was pretty good, though it was a bit choppy that day. Papa Bear picked us back up at the beach and drove us back to the ship. This tour was a great value in my opinion for only $25 per person. St. Martin - We booked with Captain Alan's tours for a snorkel and mud bath. The seas were rough, so the itinerary changed, but we had a nice day. These are small boats. There were 6 of us which is nice. I prefer off the beaten path excursions on our own as opposed to a huge group and paying more with the cruise line. The snorkel spots were nice, but again, it was a choppy day and so visibility was not great. We snorkeled at the Tiki Hut with a sunken submarine, boat and cannon. Then we went to Happy Bay Beach for a mud bath that left your skin feeling so very nice. Lastly we snorkeled at Creole Rock which I loved. They did bring bread to feed the fish and I wasn't too happy about that. I let my feelings be known. We were provided with transportation to and from the port and the cost was $80 per person for everything. There was beer, soda and water on the boat available included in the trip. Nassau - We elected to stay on Oasis as it was our last day. We've been to Nassau many times and I've enjoyed it, but wanted to get the most of our last day on the ship. We enjoyed the beach pool and other spots that were otherwise often crowded. Other random things - We had a blast doing the Cupcake Cupboard cupcake decorating class. The cost was $17.25. We were also given a cute apron, chef's hat and tote bag at the end of class and of course, our cupcakes. We made puppy dogs, the other class offered is a hamburger cupcake. I took a water aerobics class offered each day in the Sports pool at 9:00 AM . The first class was fine with a good instructor. The second time, the instructor was really lacking any experience and admitted as much, so it wasn't as good, but we managed. We loved strolling through Central Park at night....or sitting quietly listening to the classical guitarist or violinist. There was a strolling bagpiper around the ship quite often. We showed the AFC and NFC playoff games in several locations around the ship. The AFC game was shown in the Aqua Theater on the big screens and that was fun. It was also being shown in the On Air club. I used the spa on one occasion to get a nail polish change. I feel they are way overpriced, cost me $19 and the next day it was peeling off. I wasn't happy, but did not complain as I didn't want to waste my time. We had fun doing the Zipline. I didn't put my feet down upon landing and really crashed into the stop. My own fault, but it sounded worse than it was. I only wish the ride was longer...it was over way too fast. I just had to ride the carousel too, it was fun and colorful to see it at the beginning of the Boardwalk. We attended Karaoke in the On Air club a couple of times, and I even sang for the first time ever! I don't know where I got the nerve, but it was fun. It was a bit daunted by the singer before me...the lead singer from Hairspray! Just my luck. LOL We loved all the artwork on the ship and finding the little "viewfinder" things everywhere. We enjoyed the "wing walk" an evening or two for sunsets too. You can find the entrance on Deck 14 port side all the way to the front. For anyone who thinks the ship is too crowded, think again. We were told there were 5900 passengers on our sailing and we never experienced a crowd, a wait for elevators or for restaurants. Even as shows let out, there was not a long wait for elevators. We had plenty of views of the sea from our ocean facing balcony, from the pool deck and the Solarium was just awesome. We really loved our Oasis cruise and I would recommend this ship to anyone. All my photos can be view on Photobucket here: http://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b276/alphakitty/Oasis%20of%20the%20Seas%20Cruise%20January%202010/?start=all Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2019
We decided to do a month long European vacation which included a 7 day Mediterranean cruise. My wife and I and our 2 children aged 7 and 9 stayed in a grand suite with 2 bedrooms and my mother and partner in an owners suite. Having ... Read More
We decided to do a month long European vacation which included a 7 day Mediterranean cruise. My wife and I and our 2 children aged 7 and 9 stayed in a grand suite with 2 bedrooms and my mother and partner in an owners suite. Having travelled on RCI and other cruise lines many times before, I was excited as this time I was taking my kids with me. Embarkation was fine although they couldn’t find my mothers partners luggage. We had to make a fuss to find it and the staff were extremely unhelpful in this regard. The ship was about to go for a refurb so I wasn’t surprised that the rooms were quite shabby and although clean, didn’t feel it. The good was that the kids had a blast however that is not unexpected on a ship of this size as the entertainment was excellent. The service from the crew was also very good. For the ports, they should drop Marseilles as it’s really a terrible port and city. The main issue with the ports was that probably due to the size of the ship or more likely trying to make more money, you are docked miles away from everything and RCI charges exorbitant amounts for transport. As an example in Marseilles they offer transport for $20 per person but they make no mention and actually go out of their way NOT to tell you that their is a free shuttle service. Yes it’s a 20 minute walk to get it but that’s just because you are docked so far away although other ships of a similar size are docked much closer. This really ruins most ports. The bad was that RCI has become a real rip off where they are charging less for cabins but almost everything is extra and at exorbitant prices. Drinks and food are ridiculous. Averaging $3-4 for a coke and over $10 for a single shot of alcohol. It seems that RCI thinks people are to be extorted. A refreshment package was $30 per day per person for coke, sprite etc all from a soda fountain. And this was waters down. The alcohol package was an astonishing $90 per day per person. Doesn’t seem much but that’s based on their exorbitant pricing. In the real world it’s criminal and a complete rip off. Excursions are the biggest joke. $500 on average for 4 adults and 2 kids under 10 for a simple bus ride, boat ride and train ride and then back on a bus. We priced the same excursion elsewhere and it was 80% less for exactly what you got. An 8 hour excursion of which you spent 4 hours traveling and 1 hour total with a guide. They were even to cheap to cut an hour off the trip by just staying on the train so we could enjoy more time on the boat. Another crime was the food. Absolutely shocking and we had access to the suite restaurants. In the windjammer food was stale, bad cuts of meat, over cooked pasta and felt like being pushed through the worst buffet known to man. The dining hall was not better. Same food just presented better. Every time food was cold and uninspired. Tiny portions made to look like it was special but wasn’t. Same in the coastal kitchen. Also our billing was incorrect and we spent ages having bills corrected as they overcharged. I would never recommend RCI to anyone and will never travel on the oasis as it’s designed to rip off the customer and take advantage of people by offering what they call “ value “ until you get onboard and you discover you could have gone on a better class of ship and probably paid less or even the same for twice the value. Celebrity, Seabourn and even carnival were far better. Check before you go as this is a joke 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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