Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by RussellandAnita
- Sail Date: November 2017
- Destination: Western Caribbean
Our 5th/6th RCI cruise.
Service was very good, as expected from RCI.
The ship certainly had a wow factor, although a wow factor doesn’t usually last beyond the first day or so.
A few days in I asked our grown up kids: “OK, in one word Oasis or Independence?” The unanimous response was “Independence”. I guess we had been spoiled by two great European cruises on Independence, and one on the similar “Adventure”.
Main dining food is better on European cruises - perhaps RCI expect US guests to take the pay dining options? Formal breakfast on Oasis was cramped, and you often had to wait to get in, as you did for Windjammer (and indeed elevators).
Central Park and the open area at the back of the ship are spectacular, but achieved at the expense of so much space. E.g limited opportunity to walk round the ship, and cramped top deck pool areas, although having two flow riders worked well for us.
The neighbourhood theme works up to a point, but again at a cost. The Oasis has no real focal point, such as the main theatre shows, and the cruise director was largely invisible. Didn’t like to have to advance book for shows, in fact didn’t really bother because of that.
Maybe Oasis was just a bit too crowded. I’m not a fan of small ships either, but has RCI gone a bit too large? For profitability, probably not!
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