Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by mspman
- Sail Date: November 2014
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
1. THE SHIP IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Honestly, the ship is just beautiful to look at, it really is. One of my favorite things to do is get up early and walk laps on deck 16. It's gorgeous, really it is.
2. My cabin steward was amazing. The only one of the bunch that blew my expectations out of the water.
1. The food is horrible. Breakfast consisted of powdered eggs sitting in water, flimsy fatty bacon, waffles that tasted like sponge cakes, and hashbrowns that aren't even half as good as McDonalds. We had to find a place (Wipeout Cafe) that would actually make me REAL eggs, not reconstituted . For the price of the cruise, this fact in and of itself is absurd.
But wait, there's more. My mother and grandfather had NY Strip steak the last night of the cruise... appropriate given the bottle of Bordeaux we had. But the steak was flat out BAD. My mom's was rubber, my grandfathers could barely be even cut let alone eaten. They were not grilled - there were no grill marks or seasoning on the meat, but there were plenty of nitrites and chemicals in it to make it tender. It tasted like Applebee's.
That experience we had on the last night was typical. When I did have something good, like the rosemary lamb shank, there were 5 or 6 good bites of meat before it was gone.
At Giovanni's Table, for the second year in a row, I almost chipped a tooth on something. This year, I had the crab ravioli.. The second bite revealed a nice chunk of crab shell that I thought had cracked a tooth when I bit on it. When I explained this to the manager, I could not believe what I heard: "I'm sorry sir, we can't control that, it's premade for us and frozen, so we can't see the shells." WHAT??? This is the place that charges $25 to eat, and it's premade frozen??
Avoid the hamburgers at all cost. I ate one and was rather nauseous afterwards.
Twice on this cruise, while eating in the dining room, we were offered free meals at The Solarium. We accepted the first time thinking "Hey, they normally charge $20, so we're getting a deal right?" WRONG. we had people having pork tenderloin and sending it back as dry and rubbery. I had the "peppercorn seared bison" or something. There were no peppercorns on the entire plate.. I wound up having to pepper the heck out of it with the shaker just to get the flavor. (Deception is a common thread for this cruise).
It seemed to us as if they were trying to get people out of the dining room. They offered this to us multiple times during the cruise.
The best food I had on the entire cruse was at Sabor, the Mexican upcharge place. The $9 mole short ribs are the best thing on that boat.
Honestly, given the cost of that cruise, the food was so bad and so overprocessed it was offensive by the end of the trip. Especially since at the top of the dining room menu they brag about how everything is "freshly prepared on the ship". Again, stop lying to me and then charging me extra for it.
I recommend the buffets if you like cold food. In fact, most of the food on the ship was cold. I routinely sent soup back because it was flat out cold. (oh, and the "French Onion" soup.. they claim to have a piece of gruyere on there, when it fact it's a piece of bread with some toasted cheese shreds on it. And no onions. Again, stop lying to me)
2. The service is pretty consistently lousy. Even trying to make friends with the wait and bar staff in the casino was impossible.. they didn't say hi, or even come around all that often. I always was asking the dealer for a bar server, and then they would begrudgingly come over to take my order. The people at Windjammer? Same thing. Cafe Promenade? Same thing. The pool? Same thing. They weren't friendly despite my best efforts. Granted, that wasn't true for everyone, but it was a consistent theme with the staff on the ship. I'm looking straight at RCCL here, it did not seem like their employees were very happy working for them. I almost wanted to ask someone why but I thought the better of it.
3. Where is the fun? Where is the live music by the pool on sea days? The last day of the cruise was a sea day, we were by the pool all day.. and wait.. do you hear that? NOTHING. NADA. ZIP. Despite there being plenty of live music on the schedule that day, none was to be found outside on a beautiful day. (More deception). The "dance parties" on the promenade started at 7:30ish usually, so you had to be sitting for dinner by 5:30 to get to see them. And even then, they lasted less than 45 minutes, so.. what's the point? How about a nice dance party that starts at 9pm on deck 5 and then continues at a club somewhere? Wouldn't that be fun? I guess not.
4. The cruise is half vacation and half sales pitch. They start throwing this "NextCruse" business at you on the second day. They try to get you to pay for everything even though you've already paid through the nose to be on the ship in the first place. Yoga, spinning, laundry, you name it and you can find at least one place on the ship where it's upcharged.
5. It's completely obvious that RCCL has set this cruise up to squeeze every last penny out of you, the cruiser. As an example, they do not allow irons on board as a "safety concern", put formal night on the second night of the cruise, and then charge $25 to press (not clean, just press) my suit/shirt/tie that was ridiculously wrinkled. And then, on day 5, there was a plastic laundry bag with an offer... "Hey look! We'll do your laundry for you for *only* $30!!" GIVE ME A FREAKING BREAK. What a deceptive joke this "safety concern" is.
6. Hope you're not a cigar smoker! They have no cigar room and the only place you can smoke cigars is by the pool bar and only after 7pm. Again, thanks a lot RCCL. Really classy not to have a cigar room on the biggest cruise ship in the world. Even Carnival had a gorgeous cigar room.
6. Their "Cruise Compass" had several spelling mistakes including "your vs. you're". Does anyone proofread these things? Does anyone pay any attention to detail on this ship?
We're not going back. Forget it.
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