Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by SnowLadyD
- Sail Date: November 2017
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
We booked an outside view guarantee and were very satisfied with our stateroom 8124. The room was fairly spacious (for a regular room) with a large round window and a full width built in bench seat in front of it. We used that area for our damp swim suits. The bed was comfortable and I liked the fact that the end is slightly rounded making it easier to walk around it. We could have used a few more drawers although there are a number of open shelves inside the closet. The shower had really good water pressure but it would be nice if the hand held shower head had a sliding bar. If I wanted to shower without washing my hair I had to wear a shower cap. I also liked the built in night light feature of the bathroom light. Our room steward was good and provided ice each day per our request. There was no lotion in the bathroom so when I had used up all of mine by the 5th day I asked for some from the steward.
The ship itself is nice...although we were still discovering new areas by the end of the week. Central Park and the Solarium were our two favorite areas. There are plenty of elevators however they frequently passed us by.
"Class" warfare - If you are in the Sky or Star Class or Pinnacle Club you'll get treated very well. We felt like just another paying passenger. We learned not to bother showing up early for the shows. The best seats in the house will be held for the "1st class" passengers until 10 minutes before showtime. Then any remaining empty seats are released to the first people passing by (or whoever can quickly switch seats.
Entertainment - This is the one area that I felt was superior to Princess (our favorite cruise line.) The ice show was outstanding. Oasis of Dreams (water show at the Aqua Theater) was also very good. The Headliner Show (Savannah Jack) was good but that fiddle player was OUTSTANDING! Come Fly With Me (production show) was very good. But we walked out of Cats after enduring 45 minutes of frivolous nonsense (I can't believe that show ran for decades on Broadway!)
Silk dining room - We had a table for 2 at the 5:30 pm seating. For the most part the food was good. Some dishes were outstanding (roasted beef tenderloin entree, smoked chicken breast starter, lemon panna cotta dessert and the creme brulee.) Service was somewhat slow. And even though we sat at the same table every night the maitre d never stopped at our table - not even one time to greet us. She did make a number of visits to the tables behind and next to us throughout the week (one was a table with 3 people and the other was a table with about 10 people.) Perhaps those guests were Star or Sky Class or Pinnacle Club?)
Windjammer Buffet - This was somewhat disappointing. Selection was just okay as was the quality (although I did enjoy the cream of chicken soup in the middle of the week.) Breakfast juices were watered down. Dessert was very disappointing in the buffet. We were also disappointed that the buffet was closed by 9 pm. Often we would want something light like a salad or cup of soup after a show...but the only place that was open was either Sorrentos (pizza) or the little cafe on the promenade (sandwiches and a few desserts.)
Other eateries - We had lunch in the Solarium cafe a couple times (delicious ham one day.) We tried the pizza in Sorrentos a few times. It was okay but definitely not NY pizza.
We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants. We tried the American Icon dining room twice for breakfast. For the first time we shared a table with other guests but service was slow. We didn't realize that dining room also has a breakfast buffet. Most of those dishes that were served to us were already available on the buffet. Go figure that. So the 2nd time we just ate breakfast at that buffet rather than at Windjammer. Central Park cafe - we had breakfast once and a light lunch (soup and sandwich.) Bagels were okay (NOT NY) but they also had good apricot/cranberry cream cheese. Labadee BBQ - forget it! One piece of chicken was undercooked. Ribs had a vinegar base bbq sauce (which I don't like.) Mac and cheese was COLD....like it never got baked. I went back and took some from the other side of the buffet and even though it was warm it didn't taste good at all. So the buffet on the beach was a total disappointment.
Ports/Excursions - Cozumel - we got off the ship so I could buy some Mexican vanilla and then got right back on and enjoyed the empty pools. Jamaica - went on a ship excursion bamboo rafting on the Martha Brae river - it was enjoyable....until our captain tried to sell us souvenir gourds at the end. Labadee - our first time in Haiti and I wanted to snorkel although they told us there's not much to see in the waters there. After being turned away from the "private" beach area (for the suite and elite guests only) I snorkeled at the next beach area. There were a few colorful fish and the water was refreshing. Port Canaveral - we live in Florida so we didn't do any excursions.
Royal Caribbean App - ohhhhh, there's an app?????? I just found out about it in the follow up survey. That would have been nice to know about before we sailed. We never heard anything about it nor do I remember seeing anything in the daily schedules. Somehow I don't think we were the only ones because I saw a number of guests with walkie talkies.
Cruise staff - morning show cruise director had a daily trivia question. Most days there were only 1 or 2 people who answered. They might get more people involved if they gave away a little "prize" to a guest with a correct answer. (We've gotten things like luggage tags, playing cards, travel cups, etc. from Princess and NCL.)
Sundeck on deck 14 forward - we discovered this while at the Solarium. It's supposed to be a sundeck but the chairs were always stacked up and tied down. However there are two small areas which are very good for star gazing on a clear night. They are away from bright lights and there is a telescope at each location. We had several clear nights and were able to get a fantastic closeup view of the moon on one night in particular. Be advised this location is NOT on the deck plan...and I don't know why that is.
No laundry rooms on board to iron your clothing so sometimes we went to the dining room in wrinkled clothing. Oh well. I wasn't about to pay for laundry service.
Cruise port - If you're parking at the port you'll have to pay in advance of the cruise. AND you get charged for the day of arrival AND the day of departure. Embarkation went okay but going through customs on the day of disembarkation took about an hour as there were only 4 customs officers to handle 6000 guests.
Overall we had a good time...but we plan to stick with Princess.
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