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We have sailed on about a dozen ships starting back in 1994 with the Carnival Fascination. This cruise was probably the least enjoyable of all of them. This was our second time on a ship this size on Royal Caribbean. If you have never cruised before you may find this ship enjoyable mainly because you have nothing to compare it to. You don't know what a relaxing cruise can be like. This ship is just too big to handle the 6000 or so passengers on board. There are many common areas on board the ship but none of them are large enough to handle the amount of guests. The Windjammer Marketplace is too small to accommodate so many people for breakfast. If you don't get there early they stop people at the door until a table opens up. This can cause the line to wrap around the corner and down the stairs. Trying to get a simple cup of coffee takes way to long. They do have coffee on the promenade deck, but that is 8 stories down and twice the coffee was empty. The theater for the main show cannot handle even half of the quests, so you need to make reservations to see any show. The comedy club is too small and again you need reservations. How can 6000 people see a comedy show that can only sit less that 150 people? 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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Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by RickMM

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We have sailed on about a dozen ships starting back in 1994 with the Carnival Fascination. This cruise was probably the least enjoyable of all of them. This was our second time on a ship this size on Royal Caribbean. If you have never cruised before you may find this ship enjoyable mainly because you have nothing to compare it to. You don't know what a relaxing cruise can be like. This ship is just too big to handle the 6000 or so passengers on board. There are many common areas on board the ship but none of them are large enough to handle the amount of guests. The Windjammer Marketplace is too small to accommodate so many people for breakfast. If you don't get there early they stop people at the door until a table opens up. This can cause the line to wrap around the corner and down the stairs. Trying to get a simple cup of coffee takes way to long. They do have coffee on the promenade deck, but that is 8 stories down and twice the coffee was empty. The theater for the main show cannot handle even half of the quests, so you need to make reservations to see any show. The comedy club is too small and again you need reservations. How can 6000 people see a comedy show that can only sit less that 150 people?

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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