Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by drkshv
- Sail Date: September 2018
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Boardwalk View Balcony
We were two couples in the mid 20's without kids.
I selected this ship because the last cruise was on Carnival Fantasy in 2015 and the experience wasn't great. I wanted to show my wife why I enjoyed cruising with RCI as a kid and was able to convince her on taking this one. The price wasn't expensive, and the itinerary was good as we would visit 3 new places.
Embarkation and disembarkation were easy just very long line to pass through security/customs, but it moved quick. It took us around 30 minutes to get in/out of the ship.
My first impression as I boarded the cruise was a little disappointed. Crew member weren’t giving a warm welcome and elevators were a mess. This elevator thing was a problem throughout the week. Most times they were very crowded and waiting times were like up to 5 minutes. Even more for people in wheelchairs. I read in previous reviews that crew members were pushing to sell drink packages, but we didn’t experience that at all. Maybe once or twice during the first day. I pre-purchased the First Night Done Right but didn’t know what to do. Most crewmembers had no idea on what to do and once they told I needed to make a reservation at Giovanni’s or Chops Grill it took like 20 min on the phone to be able to get it. We picked Giovanni’s and it was the best dinner of the whole week. I highly recommend the restaurant and it is totally worth it. After dinner we went to see Cats and it was quite boring to be honest. Show was canceled at intermission because wasn’t safe for the performants given that the ship was constantly rocking.
First visit to Labadee was very positive. Lots of sunshine but also enough shade. We just enjoyed relaxing by the beach. Beach we picked was quite rocky that even with water shoes made it annoying. Food options were very limited and local vendors were quite irritating but only if you approach them.
Port is big and quite nice with many things to do around and shop. Excursion, not so much. One of the worst excursions we have had. Ocho Rios highlights and Rum Tasting. Total rip-off and complete monopoly by the tour operators. Tour guide couldn’t care less, and she was not knowledgeable and clearly guessing answers to basic questions.
Today started very early. We had to be at the meeting place at 6:45 am and the Windjammer opened at 6:30am. RCI should open the buffet earlier. People don’t want to eat breakfast in 5 minutes to then get into a boat. This might be the reason why there were so many people throwing up during the boat ride to Playa del Carmen. Visiting Chichen Itza took the whole day. Over 7hours siting in a bus or ferry. Actual time spent at location a little over 1 hour, which wasn’t enough to cover the whole attraction. Time allowed for shopping was about 10 minutes. Vendors are very aggressive and persistent. Actual tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. By the time we got back to Cozumel, it was almost boarding time so minimal opportunities to shop or eat.
Entertainment was great. We barely had free time. There was always something to do. Most shows were awing or funny.
Food was great and many places that we didn’t have the chance to try given so many places. Although for the most part there were long queues.
I can keep going in describing the ship but overall it was a great experience and highly recommended. I’m not a seasoned cruise traveler (this is #4 is 15 years) but can’t wait to go again and it will be difficult to try a new cruise line since RCI is always reliable.
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