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We are experienced cruisers with this being our 15th overall, 4th on Royal Caribbean. Signed on the day this became available as this was a unique opportunity to experience Oasis OTS for 12 days and an Atlantic crossing. Booked air travel Phoenix-Heathrow through ChoiceAir. Better pricing than airlines and other searches. We arrived in London three days prior to the cruise and enjoyed a wonderful BnB about 100 yds from the Pimlico tube station. We booked this through Airbnb.com. Booked return air, Ft. Lauderdale-Phoenix, independently. During our stay in London, we received an email from RCL informing us of our scheduled boarding time of 1:30pm. Took the train from Waterloo Station to Southampton. Convenient, inexpensive and met a number of fellow cruisers headed to the ship. Shared a cab and joined the mass of humanity standing about waiting for some word about what was going on. A bit of drizzle ensured we huddled closer together while we waited....and waited...and waited. 'They' began letting people into the terminal in groups of 10 or so at some point and the herd shuffled inch-by-inch toward the ONE entry door. Once inside, the rope lines began winding through the terminal. Interestingly, the new passenger check-in line was moving much quicker than Platinum-Pinnacle. I heard most of the passengers were in this category and again, preparations were not in place. Next came US airport type security check points and finally to the check-in counters. Once on board (approx. 4-430 pm) we went directly to our stateroom to drop off our carry-ons. Next stop was to get a libation and walk about until Muster then to dinner at 6. Our assigned dining was wonderful with Randy (Head Waiter) and Rei (Asst. Waiter). Every evening we were asked if we had any shows to attend and on the 2 evenings we had early shows reserved, we were done in plenty of time. Speaking of reservations, other than dining, what a fiasco!! Weeks before the cruise we had to call Royal direct to schedule shows and alternate dining venues. Everything was in our Cruise Planner but once on board we noticed there were time variances. For example, a show would start at 8pm not 830pm or 9pm. Easy to work that out but every show we had reserved didn't match with the card swipers allowing entry to the venue. I mean EVERY show (for us); The Headliner shows, the Comedy Club, Cats, etc. Went to Guest Services and they verified we were properly assigned/reserved and at the entry it would show not reserved. On the interactive stateroom TV it even showed us as reserved for every show at every time available. I know we didn't do that. The cruise itself was fairly uneventful as we only had one port call. This was a sea intensive crossing and that was part of the draw for us. Reviews re: E/W Carib cruises all said 7 days was not enough time to explore all this ship has to offer. I must agree. Even with 12 days I know we missed some things. The Oasis is an incredible ship with activities galore, restaurants, shops, noisy fun and quiet retreats. The weather did not cooperate, providing us with mostly cloudy and sometimes rainy days, active seas, and a chance to learn from the Captain about our course across the pond on his televised updates. Brief, informative and straight to the point, the updates were very interesting. We have always enjoyed the variety and abundance of eating/dining options when cruising and Oasis has many to choose from. Our choices were: American Icon 6pm Main Dining, Johnny Rockets free breakfast and enjoyed a burger/fries/real ice cream milkshakes for Lunch, Hot Dog Shack, Park café (Breakfast/Lunch), Sorrento's Pizza (noshing), Café Promenade (Specialty coffees/noshing), Wipeout Café (Breakfast/Lunch), Windjammer (Breakfast), Chop's Grille (Outstanding Dinner), Room Service (Breakfast, etc.). We experienced good food and service with our choices. Our favorite bar is The Schooner Bar. This was our meet-up location for those we met and to our surprise, Luzt, who we met on our Serenade Med cruise, was working here. He and Alberto Cordero provided excellent bar service and refreshment. There were times when the place was packed (SRO) with trivia players, probably due to the weather and with the Future Cruise 'Office' sort of attached, it could really be tight. Entertainment offerings were varied and well attended. Rod Stewart's lead guitarist, the magician/comedian, string quartet Graffiti Classics, topped our list of favorites. Cat's was, for us, eh. We enjoyed Jazz on 4 and music in Bolero's but the comedians in the Comedy Club came off as coarse to us. Live music on the promenade, Shrek and Crew, 70's Dance Party, Blue Light shopping sales could really make navigating the promenade crowded at these times. The line for photos on formal night with the Captain was surprisingly 'short' and flowed rather well. Studio B (Ice Show or open skating) and the Aqua Theater were silent most of the cruise due to weather and safety concerns for the performers. Same for the pools, rock wall, zip-line and flow rider. The sun broke out 2 days before arrival and did the zip-line, mini golf, played basketball, plenty of places to catch some rays, usual pool chair hogs, and watched some flow riders. We watched the Aqua Theater shows from the comfort of our Boardwalk Balcony. Wife bought a purse at the Coach store. Does that count as entertainment? :) We opted for Express Disembarkation for arrival. Ate a nice breakfast at Windjammer (615am), gathered our 3 bags from the cabin (715am), elevator to Deck 5 and literally walked off. I heard of major delays for those who departed later. Customs was quick as we had a separate line for US Citizens. The line for others was quite long, even that early. Got a cab and arrived at FLL before 830am. Overall we enjoyed the cruise, just as we have all the others. Were there concerns? Certainly. Cabin TV did not work for 2 days(OMG), I mentioned the reservations problem, Cruise Director Drew seemed self-absorbed; televising a dull, uninteresting program, never saw him other than 'his' show and a handful of show introductions. Didn't see as many officers about as we have on previous sailings. These are minor annoyances. Crew members we met were hard working, friendly, and ready to share or listen to a story. This review was our experience. Now that we have 'Been There, Done That' we most likely wouldn't sail Oasis again but we will sail Royal Caribbean again.  

A Transatlantic Adventure

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by NextCruisePlease

Trip Details
We are experienced cruisers with this being our 15th overall, 4th on Royal Caribbean. Signed on the day this became available as this was a unique opportunity to experience Oasis OTS for 12 days and an Atlantic crossing.
Booked air travel Phoenix-Heathrow through ChoiceAir. Better pricing than airlines and other searches. We arrived in London three days prior to the cruise and enjoyed a wonderful BnB about 100 yds from the Pimlico tube station. We booked this through Airbnb.com. Booked return air, Ft. Lauderdale-Phoenix, independently. During our stay in London, we received an email from RCL informing us of our scheduled boarding time of 1:30pm.
Took the train from Waterloo Station to Southampton. Convenient, inexpensive and met a number of fellow cruisers headed to the ship. Shared a cab and joined the mass of humanity standing about waiting for some word about what was going on. A bit of drizzle ensured we huddled closer together while we waited....and waited...and waited. 'They' began letting people into the terminal in groups of 10 or so at some point and the herd shuffled inch-by-inch toward the ONE entry door. Once inside, the rope lines began winding through the terminal. Interestingly, the new passenger check-in line was moving much quicker than Platinum-Pinnacle. I heard most of the passengers were in this category and again, preparations were not in place. Next came US airport type security check points and finally to the check-in counters.
Once on board (approx. 4-430 pm) we went directly to our stateroom to drop off our carry-ons. Next stop was to get a libation and walk about until Muster then to dinner at 6. Our assigned dining was wonderful with Randy (Head Waiter) and Rei (Asst. Waiter). Every evening we were asked if we had any shows to attend and on the 2 evenings we had early shows reserved, we were done in plenty of time. Speaking of reservations, other than dining, what a fiasco!! Weeks before the cruise we had to call Royal direct to schedule shows and alternate dining venues. Everything was in our Cruise Planner but once on board we noticed there were time variances. For example, a show would start at 8pm not 830pm or 9pm. Easy to work that out but every show we had reserved didn't match with the card swipers allowing entry to the venue. I mean EVERY show (for us); The Headliner shows, the Comedy Club, Cats, etc. Went to Guest Services and they verified we were properly assigned/reserved and at the entry it would show not reserved. On the interactive stateroom TV it even showed us as reserved for every show at every time available. I know we didn't do that.
The cruise itself was fairly uneventful as we only had one port call. This was a sea intensive crossing and that was part of the draw for us. Reviews re: E/W Carib cruises all said 7 days was not enough time to explore all this ship has to offer. I must agree. Even with 12 days I know we missed some things. The Oasis is an incredible ship with activities galore, restaurants, shops, noisy fun and quiet retreats. The weather did not cooperate, providing us with mostly cloudy and sometimes rainy days, active seas, and a chance to learn from the Captain about our course across the pond on his televised updates. Brief, informative and straight to the point, the updates were very interesting.
We have always enjoyed the variety and abundance of eating/dining options when cruising and Oasis has many to choose from. Our choices were: American Icon 6pm Main Dining, Johnny Rockets free breakfast and enjoyed a burger/fries/real ice cream milkshakes for Lunch, Hot Dog Shack, Park café (Breakfast/Lunch), Sorrento's Pizza (noshing), Café Promenade (Specialty coffees/noshing), Wipeout Café (Breakfast/Lunch), Windjammer (Breakfast), Chop's Grille (Outstanding Dinner), Room Service (Breakfast, etc.). We experienced good food and service with our choices.
Our favorite bar is The Schooner Bar. This was our meet-up location for those we met and to our surprise, Luzt, who we met on our Serenade Med cruise, was working here. He and Alberto Cordero provided excellent bar service and refreshment. There were times when the place was packed (SRO) with trivia players, probably due to the weather and with the Future Cruise 'Office' sort of attached, it could really be tight.
Entertainment offerings were varied and well attended. Rod Stewart's lead guitarist, the magician/comedian, string quartet Graffiti Classics, topped our list of favorites. Cat's was, for us, eh. We enjoyed Jazz on 4 and music in Bolero's but the comedians in the Comedy Club came off as coarse to us. Live music on the promenade, Shrek and Crew, 70's Dance Party, Blue Light shopping sales could really make navigating the promenade crowded at these times. The line for photos on formal night with the Captain was surprisingly 'short' and flowed rather well.
Studio B (Ice Show or open skating) and the Aqua Theater were silent most of the cruise due to weather and safety concerns for the performers. Same for the pools, rock wall, zip-line and flow rider. The sun broke out 2 days before arrival and did the zip-line, mini golf, played basketball, plenty of places to catch some rays, usual pool chair hogs, and watched some flow riders. We watched the Aqua Theater shows from the comfort of our Boardwalk Balcony. Wife bought a purse at the Coach store. Does that count as entertainment? :)
We opted for Express Disembarkation for arrival. Ate a nice breakfast at Windjammer (615am), gathered our 3 bags from the cabin (715am), elevator to Deck 5 and literally walked off. I heard of major delays for those who departed later. Customs was quick as we had a separate line for US Citizens. The line for others was quite long, even that early. Got a cab and arrived at FLL before 830am.
Overall we enjoyed the cruise, just as we have all the others. Were there concerns? Certainly. Cabin TV did not work for 2 days(OMG), I mentioned the reservations problem, Cruise Director Drew seemed self-absorbed; televising a dull, uninteresting program, never saw him other than 'his' show and a handful of show introductions. Didn't see as many officers about as we have on previous sailings. These are minor annoyances. Crew members we met were hard working, friendly, and ready to share or listen to a story. This review was our experience. Now that we have 'Been There, Done That' we most likely wouldn't sail Oasis again but we will sail Royal Caribbean again.
 
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Cabin Review

Cabin 11321
A nice cabin with excellent location. Configuration has the bed closer to the balcony. 2 chairs and small table on balcony with a view of the Aqua Theater and the Atlantic Ocean. Suitcase storage under the bed. 2 outlets at the vanity w/chair. New HDTV, carpet, and mini-fridge that kept soda and water cold. Small safe in closet. Bathroom has stand-up shower and separate Elemis body wash, shampoo and conditioner delivered by cabin steward, Anthony Alexis, who did a wonderful job keeping ice bucket full and tending to our needs. Nice to sit on balcony and watch the water and diving shows, once the weather cooperated.The only negative we experienced was the sound from the big screen movies when shown. Even with the door firmly secured we knew when the movie was on.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Southampton
    On this Transatlantic, Southampton was treated as a port of call even though this was our embarkation point (Rotterdam was port of origin). A nice port town, easy to get from rail station (5 BPS) to the ship but inadequately prepared to board 4000+ passengers. Speaking with others who regularly sail from Southampton, Oasis was an anomaly, so my comments are tempered by this.
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  • Vigo
    Beautiful port town with a large turnout to see the Oasis.
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  • Wine Tasting
    Tour was set up and organized by a fellow cruiser. Very well done and the tour was exactly as described. 18 passenger van with a/c. Our guide was tour operator/owner Anna Paula Nascimento who worked with our organizer to set up for 3 additional van tours with similar itinerary and cost as we had quite a number of people wishing to participate. Highly recommend this company and private excursion.● Pick up at ship● 50 minute drive towards O Grove● Cruise Arousa Bay with a seafood tasting and excellent local wine (included)● Visit Villalonga (small village) to visit a traditional local winery, “Bodegas Aguiuncho” (additional entrance fee is 8 Euros per person in 2013)● Visit Sanxenxo (fishing town)● Visit Combarro (another fishing village)● Enjoy a Tapas lunch (each person pays for their own meal)● Drive along coast of Pontevedra Bay to Vigo● Visit Vigo ancient Fort and ruins of the Celtic Settlement● Walk through the City’s old historic center back to the cruise port● End of tour
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