Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by RickMM
- Sail Date: December 2017
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Royal Caribbean needs to do away with "my time dining". If you are required to make a reservation months in advance of the cruise it is hardly "my time". We ended up with my time dining for 8:00 in the evening even though I requested 5:30 2 months prior. We ended up paying extra for the specialty dining rooms.
The service on cruise ships has declined greatly over the past years and Oasis just strengthens my thoughts. Food left in hallways, dirty plates left at your table much longer than they need to be. Ever since cruise lines starting adding automatic gratuities to your on board bill the staff know they will get a tip if the go the extra mile or not. Why pick up that room service tray someone left outside their door if the gratuities are automatic.
We met one couple who were on their first cruise, they agreed it was way too crowded but thought the food and service was great. We spoke with another who were on the 40th cruise and commented how bad the service has gotten over the years. Too many people, not enough staff or common places to accommodate everyone.
The cruise ships strongly encourage using Purell before going into the dining rooms and areas around the ship. But on many occasions the dispensers were empty.
Some positive thoughts: "Rob" the guitar player and singer in the Globe and Atlas pub was fantastic. We did opt for buying our meals in the specialty dining rooms. This did make a big difference in dining. It was what dining used to be like in the main dining rooms. Good service and good food. We were able to eat in the Coastal Kitchen as a guest to friends who were in a suite. Very good food and service. The Chefs Table was really beyond my expectations. How can anyone make tomato soup taste so good? Wine that was fantastic and a desert that was unlike anything I had seen or tasted.
This certainly is not the most positive review but after about a dozen cruises and knowing what a good, comfortable relaxing cruise can be like, this ship was overall disappointing. The days when you went on a cruise, had a great dinner in the dining room followed by a great show in the theater are gone. Unless you do lots of planning ahead and make onboard dinner and show reservations chances are you will miss out on most things.
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