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Well... We finally did it and I wish we hadn't. After seven previous cruises on both Princess and Celebrity, we decided to try "the big ship" and sail on Oasis of the Seas. It was not at all what we had imagined or hoped for. Granted, it was big and spectacular, but to be honest it was like taking a cruise in a big mall. The personal touch of the smaller ships we've cruised on was all but non-existent. On the day of embarkation, we were told that because of a tropical storm we would be "skipping" our first port of Nassau. I fully understand that by cruising during hurricane season you run the risk of having your itinerary changed. As a matter of fact, it's happened to us more than once. The difference is that there has always been a different port substituted for the port(s) that were missed. Not this time. Next, I'll discuss the dining. The Windjammer was the buffet style dining option for everyone on the ship. The food was nothing to write home about and there were the same options day after day. Breakfast consisted of eggs, bacon, sausage, and the various breads, pastries and other things that go with it. No eggs Benedict unless you went to a specialty restaurant. No smoked salmon or plethora of other choices we'd become accustomed to. No omelets or eggs made to order. After searching for a table and finally sitting down to eat your meal, you are greeted with an automated announcement over the PA asking you to hurry up and vacate your table to make room for other passengers. Kind of reminded me of boot camp. "Eat fast, you can taste it later"! How can this happen on the biggest cruise ship in the world? The first problem is that this dining room is about 1/2 the size of any dining room I've seen on the smaller ships we've cruised on. With upwards of 6000 passengers, you can imagine the huge lines and a long wait for both breakfast and lunch. While you're waiting, a waiter does walk up and down the line giving you other dining options. Here's the catch... Most of the other restaurants have a "nominal fee". As a matter of fact, I've never seen a ship that has more things that you have to pay for after you get on. Want to get the kids an ice cream? No problem. There's a nice ice cream parlor. But, you have to pay for the ice cream. On every other ship I've ever been on, there's the option of grabbing a hamburger next to the pool if you don't want to go for lunch. On the Oasis, there's a nice Johnny Rockets hamburger joint. But, wait for it... There's a $6 per person fee to eat there. Now, the topper. My wife, being the gem that she is, got me an hour long massage at the spa on our last day. I received a friendly greeting and was escorted back to the massage room. I received a great massage and when the masseuse returned with the bill, I gave her an extra $10 tip on top of the 17% that was already included in the bill. Then the hard sell started. She tried to sell me all kinds of products to help me with everything from my dry skin and sore muscles to something for water retention. I politely declined and joked that my wife was paying for the massage so I'd better not. With that her whole demeanor changed and with her thick accent said " oh, your wife is the boss, huh?" Then she walked out of the door. Awesome... $129.00 for the massage. On the bright side, the insult was free, which is about the only thing that was all week. I kind of felt like I was at a time share. As soon as she found out I wasn't buying, her whole attitude changed. Lastly, if you want to see a show, make sure that you make reservations on line as soon as you book your cruise. The are NO walk up shows. No reservation and you don't get in. We booked the cruise late (about a week before sailing), and all of the shows were fully booked already. Consequently, we didn't see any shows. Now, to the positives: 1) The cabin (10310) was very nice and our room steward Dickson, was the best we've had on any cruise we've been on. The cabin was spacious with a good sized balcony. Dickson truly saved the trip. He was friendly and attentive and we felt like we had made a friend by the time the cruise ended. 2) The staff at the Opus dining room were wonderful. The food was mediocre but they made the experience memorable. To summarize, if you're an experienced cruiser think long and hard before you book a cruise on the Oasis. I think you'll be as disappointed as we were with the lack of service and amenities that you find on other smaller ships. Want to experience the Oasis without the cost? No problem. Go to your local mall, sit in the food court and pretend you're on a ship! First time cruisers who don't know the difference might not be as disappointed. Happy sailing!

Bigger Is Not Always Better

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by CaribbeanSun723

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Well... We finally did it and I wish we hadn't. After seven previous cruises on both Princess and Celebrity, we decided to try "the big ship" and sail on Oasis of the Seas. It was not at all what we had imagined or hoped for. Granted, it was big and spectacular, but to be honest it was like taking a cruise in a big mall. The personal touch of the smaller ships we've cruised on was all but non-existent.
On the day of embarkation, we were told that because of a tropical storm we would be "skipping" our first port of Nassau. I fully understand that by cruising during hurricane season you run the risk of having your itinerary changed. As a matter of fact, it's happened to us more than once. The difference is that there has always been a different port substituted for the port(s) that were missed. Not this time.
Next, I'll discuss the dining. The Windjammer was the buffet style dining option for everyone on the ship. The food was nothing to write home about and there were the same options day after day. Breakfast consisted of eggs, bacon, sausage, and the various breads, pastries and other things that go with it. No eggs Benedict unless you went to a specialty restaurant. No smoked salmon or plethora of other choices we'd become accustomed to. No omelets or eggs made to order. After searching for a table and finally sitting down to eat your meal, you are greeted with an automated announcement over the PA asking you to hurry up and vacate your table to make room for other passengers. Kind of reminded me of boot camp. "Eat fast, you can taste it later"! How can this happen on the biggest cruise ship in the world? The first problem is that this dining room is about 1/2 the size of any dining room I've seen on the smaller ships we've cruised on. With upwards of 6000 passengers, you can imagine the huge lines and a long wait for both breakfast and lunch. While you're waiting, a waiter does walk up and down the line giving you other dining options. Here's the catch... Most of the other restaurants have a "nominal fee". As a matter of fact, I've never seen a ship that has more things that you have to pay for after you get on. Want to get the kids an ice cream? No problem. There's a nice ice cream parlor. But, you have to pay for the ice cream. On every other ship I've ever been on, there's the option of grabbing a hamburger next to the pool if you don't want to go for lunch. On the Oasis, there's a nice Johnny Rockets hamburger joint. But, wait for it... There's a $6 per person fee to eat there.
Now, the topper. My wife, being the gem that she is, got me an hour long massage at the spa on our last day. I received a friendly greeting and was escorted back to the massage room. I received a great massage and when the masseuse returned with the bill, I gave her an extra $10 tip on top of the 17% that was already included in the bill. Then the hard sell started. She tried to sell me all kinds of products to help me with everything from my dry skin and sore muscles to something for water retention. I politely declined and joked that my wife was paying for the massage so I'd better not. With that her whole demeanor changed and with her thick accent said " oh, your wife is the boss, huh?" Then she walked out of the door. Awesome... $129.00 for the massage. On the bright side, the insult was free, which is about the only thing that was all week. I kind of felt like I was at a time share. As soon as she found out I wasn't buying, her whole attitude changed. Lastly, if you want to see a show, make sure that you make reservations on line as soon as you book your cruise. The are NO walk up shows. No reservation and you don't get in. We booked the cruise late (about a week before sailing), and all of the shows were fully booked already. Consequently, we didn't see any shows.
Now, to the positives:
1) The cabin (10310) was very nice and our room steward Dickson, was the best we've had on any cruise we've been on. The cabin was spacious with a good sized balcony. Dickson truly saved the trip. He was friendly and attentive and we felt like we had made a friend by the time the cruise ended.
2) The staff at the Opus dining room were wonderful. The food was mediocre but they made the experience memorable.
To summarize, if you're an experienced cruiser think long and hard before you book a cruise on the Oasis. I think you'll be as disappointed as we were with the lack of service and amenities that you find on other smaller ships. Want to experience the Oasis without the cost? No problem. Go to your local mall, sit in the food court and pretend you're on a ship! First time cruisers who don't know the difference might not be as disappointed. Happy sailing!
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Cabin 10310
Nice sized cabin with a nice balcony. The shower had a nice glass enclosure as opposed to a shower curtain, which is nice. If you're lucky enough to get Dickson as your cabin attendant he'll take great care of you. Enjoy!
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