Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by mac66
- Sail Date: December 2017
- Destination: Western Caribbean
Overall we like the Promanade deck, (basically a mall) on RCL ships. The Central Park was very nice. We particularly liked the Cafe in Central Park where we stopped for coffee and snacks every day. We did not eat or utilize the Board Walk area at all except to walk through it. The Aqua Theater was impressive as were the pool areas on the top deck. We were somewhat disappointed with the Solarium. Though it was large with plenty of seating, the pool was small and not heated like on other RCL and Celebrity ships and there was no towel service. It was nice having food service in the Solarium though it was only open on a limited basis and had no beverage station when closed. More about that later.
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Dining-We chose My Time dining which we've had on our last 3 cruises. It worked out well on those ships, not so much this time. Of the 6 days we ate in the main dining room we only were seated in the same area with the same waiters three times and that was every other day. Never happened on our other cruises and unfortunately those who waited on us in other areas treated us like were a burden to them. Service was rushed or slow or forgotten. Our regular waiter was very good but we never got a chance to know him. In regard to food, the food was typical main dining room fare. We ate at Chops (courtesy of our travel agent) one night and the filet mignon was very good. Here's tip...they offer the same filet mignon (from Chops) in the main dining room as an extra for $15/each. If you combine it with the lobster tail you can have surf and turf for two people for $30. If that holds true for the future I would skip Chops and do the Surf and Turf the next time. Don't forget you can order more than one lobster tail.
Lunches were usually in the Windjammer, though we had hamburgers in the Wipeout Cafe once and sandwiches/salad in the Central Park Cafe several times. The Cafe has very good sandwiches and salads. We also had lunch in Giovanni's Table one day. The Italian food was good but not worth the additional cost IMO. Breakfasts were usually in the Windjammer though we did eat breakfast in the Solarium a couple times. It has a limited menu but was convenient. Snacks and/or coffee and pizza were usually procured in the Cafe and Sorrento's on the Promenade. Soft serve ice cream was available on the pool deck (15) and in the Wipeout Cafe. We did not partake of the drink package or premium coffee, deserts etc.
Entertainment/Activities-The feature entertainment on Oasis is the Broadway Musical Cats. I had not seen it before and was looking forward to it. It is a mystery to me how this could be so popular and the second longest running show on Broadway. Both my wife and I and about a third of the audience walked out after about 45 minutes. It wasn't that the cast was bad, they were very good. it's just that the show was terminally boring. Many people we talked to on the ship who attended other performances felt the same.
The Ice Show and Water shows were very good and the A Capella group was pretty good. The band they had playing at Dazzles and at a number of special events was also pretty good.
We don't gamble or smoke so we stayed out of the casino and tried to steer clear of the port side upper decks where smoking is allowed. It was disgusting walking through those areas. In this day and age, it is mystery why smoking is still allowed on board ships. (editorial comment....ban smoking but allow vaping, aka electronic cigs)
The Oasis has a very nice walking track on deck four which we used 5 days, going to the the fitness center a couple times. We exercised every day.
We did not do the Flow Rider or climbing wall but did do the on board zip line which has no lines on port days. The line is short and lasts about 4 seconds but is kind of fun for something to do.
Service-Having cruised for nearly 40 years I've learned that as the ships get bigger and bigger the food gets worse and do does the service. That holds true on the Oasis from even the Voyager and Explorer class ships. You probably wouldn't notice it unless you've been sailing for a long time. Service on the Oasis was mediocre compared to the past.
Despite thousands of people using the pools there was only one towel station and you had to use your card to get a towel. Very limited drink stations on the ship to get Iced Tea and Lemonade, even fewer places to get ice. Neither my wife or I drink soft drinks so we don't get the soft drink package. In regards to our cabin steward, we asked for ice to be in our cabin before dinner and wine glasses. He brought wine glasses but no ice. When we asked for ice again, he brought 4 wines glasses but no ice. After the third time asking we gave up. Here's a tip....you can get ice for ice tea/lemonade etc from the pop machines without having buy the beverage package.
The ports on this cruise was Labade, Falmouth and Cozumel. Been to all of these places numerous times before. We went ashore on Labade just long enough to try out some new snorkel gear then back to the ship for lunch. We did not get off the ship in Falmouth Jamaica, which was a good thing since a traffic jam due to a highway bridge collapse prevented excursion goes from getting back to the ship. Fortunately the ship waited because many were on ship sponsored shore excursions. We left 3 hours late. We took a taxi went to a private beach on Cozumel to do some snorkeling but was back to the ship in the early afternoon.
Bottom Line- My wife an I are casual cruisers. We go an a cruise to relax not to have a extravagant vacation. Our kids are grown and gone but I think this would be great ship for families. There is also a places to go and things to do for mature adults as well so I would likely book this ship or one like it again if I got a good deal.
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