Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by susandavis178
- Sail Date: June 2015
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Boarding was fine. Appearance of cabin was o.k. No robes, no nighttime chocolate, and...NO TOWEL ANIMALS!!! Small things, but those are things that make it special.
So here you are - you know you already overpaid for your cruise. I'm there to relax - not put on my sequinned gown and wait in a long line for a sub-par "meal" that I have to pay for. For the price of the cruise, meals should be free and available all day. We found ourselves hungry many times because the no-cost places had specific open hours. Food at the Windjammer was plentiful, but strange food choices and watered down drinks.
Personally, I think soda should be free and part of the cost of your expensive cruise. And, these areas on other cruise lines are available to use even when food is not out. Would have been nice to be able to go to floor 16 and sit by a window...but doors are locked until mealtime. And by the way, I saw a bowl containing about 8 gallons of the runniest bread pudding you have ever seen. Who needs sauce on something that expands to cover your entire plate on its own? So you eat a meal and are disappointed - but wait! Dessert included various colors of sponge cake. Really pretty...but if you took a sponge from your kitchen sink, frosted it, and stuck a chocolate on top, it would taste the same. Enjoyed Johnny Rockets, but still, think you shouldn't have to pay for food on such an expensive cruise. Pizza reminded me of something you would give your 5 year old to create on his own. The hot dog stand was free and had a variety to offer..very good. But, I did pay $4,000 for the cruise, so hoped for something free a little more "upscale" than that.
Rooms were hot. Air conditioning down as far as it can go, and sleeping with a sheet is way too much. Tossed and turned every single night, waking up worn out. So, you wind up tired and grumpy all day long and know you will have another night just like it in several hours. You can always go to one of the terribly expensive stores on board, or maybe you want to watch hours of "Jenna" giving you invaluable advice on jewelry purchases, over and over and over until you can' t take any more of her perkiness. The stones she wears grow larger every time you see her. Unless you are prepared to pay the $22,000 for what she's wearing, be forewarned.
This ship was far too big and the open spaces in the middle are a waste - why not build a ship with a normal size pool or two so that more than 6 drunk people can float around at a time?
The spa was great if you can afford anything. All of the employees are very knowlegible and pleasant. Prices should be lower, however, and when you factor in a tip on top of the tip already part of your bill, guilt overcomes you when you walk out the door.
Great excursion on St Maarten - the ultra high-speed glass bottom boat tour...takes you to snorkeling spots and then anchors off the beach where the planes come in for landing at incredibly low heights. Beach was great. The guys driving the boat were extremely friendly. The boat is the strangest I have ever seen - I asked and was told it was made in Russia...a hydrofoil boat time capable of going 60 MPH - but they didn't go quite that fast as there were at least 6 kids on board under 8. Perfectly safe and lots of fun. Best day we had during the entire cruise.
Enjoyed the Abbacadabra show - basically ABBA music. Couldn't say I ever saw the cruise director other than on t.v. in a looping segment for 7 hours about disembarkation. Had a fantastic cruise director on Carnival - so good that you saw him everywhere, he held entertaining events every day and evening and everyone always wanted to know where he would be next. I would cruise on his ship again no matter where it is sailing.
I made the mistake of choosing Oasis of the Seas, and my bank account is sore from the extreme over expenditures on this cruise. Worst vacation I have ever had. No more Royal Caribbean for us.
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