4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Underwhelming! It has cured me from wanting to go on RCI again This is a really big ship yet I must say it is not as crowded as you might fear. Most all times it seemed no more congested than a smaller ship. This is a short review ... Read More
Underwhelming! It has cured me from wanting to go on RCI again This is a really big ship yet I must say it is not as crowded as you might fear. Most all times it seemed no more congested than a smaller ship. This is a short review from 4 "mature" Adults, so use that in your evaluation. The last 6 cruises we have taken Have been on RCI. In terms of service personnel and food they have steadily gone downhill. This ship is a "destination" with a carousel, Rock climbing wall, mini zip line, etc. This is fine as there are only so many ports in the Caribbean, and it could become boring were there not alternate things to do.. Ship is neat, clean and in good repair. Their cabins were likewise, yet their design is poor in terms of closet layout. Typical to RCI's deterioration is their "nickel and dime-ing", such as the removal of pen and paper from the staterooms. Not a big deal until you have a problem and need to write down the information being conveyed over the phone. possibly the smallest TV I have ever seen on a ship. .Staff: Reservations desk were excellent. Getting on and off was fine, Overall someone has waived their magic wand over the crew and removed every last vestige of enthusiasm and natural friendliness On a 1 to 10 scale, our 4 person rating ( about 50 cruises to our experience) yields between a 3.5 and a 4. Not a very good rating. It bordered on annoying. Possibly we could count 4 or 5 of the staff that exhibited any form of friendliness or desire to be performance oriented. They just do not know how to deal in a service capacity. Maybe RCI has switched to a hiring policy that does not include finding friendly or service oriented people. Who knows.. Whatever the case It is markedly not for the better. Frankly the guys slicing bologna at the local market here are friendlier and show more enthusiasm. Four weeks after this sailing we did an MSC out of Miami and it was back to the old style of treatment. Food: Ahhhh more nickel and dime-ing. Overall food quality has deteriorated. Skipping to the bottom line here.... a 3.5 out of 10 would be generous. It seems they are pushing you to their specialty restaurants...pushing heavily. I believe (at least on our cruise) they have resorted to using powdered eggs for their breakfast scrambled eggs. and... they have eliminate the egg cooking station, so i wonder how many portions of eggs go into the garbage barely eaten. Really Chef ?.. Powdered eggs,,, yech!!!!! (Oh, and they were the worst powdered eggs I have ever had) Lots of Pasta was available..... frequently semi cooked. we are not talking al dente here.... we are talking crunchy. More than one station, more than one day. Staff indifferent.... I also think they believe they have mastered a way to make reconstituted chicken. Anyway... that is what it looked, felt and tasted like. Note to chef.... you have not mastered it. BUT you have mastered the excessive use of salt. ) wow... I'm thankful the water was not another one of the pay extra options). A few more: Central Park is great!!! Beautiful!!!! Took a tour of it. Narrator mumbled, talked low and away from the group... so we left... BUT they did at least offer a tour. The place for sandwiches there is GREAT!! and Giovanni's Service, personnel and food was terrific!!!! Great great fillet... these two have the highest recommendations of anything on the ship They don't have: stargazing, enrichment programs, information as to where we were, what we were passing, etc. Part of their service isolation experience I suppose. Entertainment was decent to good. They did "Cats" ( the musical, not the food), and it was very good, as was their water show. Yes there were bright spots. So....overall it was not a "bad" experience. It just was not good. it was as best mediocre. what you might settle for as a cut rate sailing. For a first timer...you might be impressed.... but if you have sailed RCI in the past, perhaps 3 or 4 years ago...or have sailed a number of other lines , you will definitely notice their deterioration in service, attitude and food. There is a lot of competition in the Miami Ft Lauderdale cruise business. MCI has already surpassed RCI, and others will also....unless RCI gets it together. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
I read previous reviews about the Ocean of the Seas ship but because my family and friends were eager to give it a try I'm now glad I don't ever have to wonder what I've been missing. I should have listened to those ... Read More
I read previous reviews about the Ocean of the Seas ship but because my family and friends were eager to give it a try I'm now glad I don't ever have to wonder what I've been missing. I should have listened to those reviews. It's true to say that Windjammer Marketplace is most certainly a 'market' of crowded people, dirty tables and cutlery, and the hygiene standards around the ship is not good. It confirmed it all when learning that a high selection of people get to spend a Saturday on the ship whilst moored and they get to use all the facilities and then disembark when us high paying guests have boarded the ship by the afternoon before it leaves for the cruise - shocking. I don't want to talk about the other islands only Haiti being quite good. The swimming pools are far too small to accommodate enough people to know they've had a good swim. They're so crowded that they are not swimming but standing and chatting, and some children get upset because there's no room to move. It's too crowded everywhere. FYI, there's no iron/board in your room. Wearing a tuxedo and cocktail dress on that special evening dining, doesn't justify the standards you actually get out from the cruise because you just can't be bothered. We did visit the shows every evening and they were good, BUT that's only 2 hours out of each day. Royal Caribbean should rethink about accommodating everyone leisurely on a ship of that size. For those of us who travel from Europe who pay extreme amounts of money to experience this kind of holiday, you need another one to recover from it, or either that you shut mentally off which is difficult. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
Just got off the ship this morning and just had to put in my 2 cents because I do not understand all the negative reviews! From the time we boarded to disembarkation everything went smooth! Outstanding food in the MDR. Delicious!! Service ... Read More
Just got off the ship this morning and just had to put in my 2 cents because I do not understand all the negative reviews! From the time we boarded to disembarkation everything went smooth! Outstanding food in the MDR. Delicious!! Service was impeccable and you would never know you were onboard with 5 thousand other passengers. Very little waiting in line anywhere! Only negative I can offer is that we didnt like the production of Cats. Hope they change that soon! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2014
We decided we wanted to get on at the time the largest cruise ship and it did not disappoint. Never felt crowded, never was a dull moment on the ship. There was always plenty to do and plenty of places to eat. Make sure you make ... Read More
We decided we wanted to get on at the time the largest cruise ship and it did not disappoint. Never felt crowded, never was a dull moment on the ship. There was always plenty to do and plenty of places to eat. Make sure you make reservations for shows, because sometimes you can't just walk up and get in. The had a 70's parade show, which was a lot of fun and pull to participant. Central park area is so peaceful and relaxing. The hotdog stand and Johnny Rockets was one of my favorite spots to get food. We missed out on the aquatic show because we waited to see it on the last night and the weather wasn't the best, so they canceled the show. This was my 5th cruise (3rd with RCL) and by far my favorite cruise ship. Can't wait to go on the Harmony of the Seas! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
My husband booked this transatlantic cruise as a surprise from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona. One stop was Malaga and the leaving port wave off by locals was truly amazing thousands cheered and waved.  This ship is fantastic.  Drew ... Read More
My husband booked this transatlantic cruise as a surprise from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona. One stop was Malaga and the leaving port wave off by locals was truly amazing thousands cheered and waved.  This ship is fantastic.  Drew Devine Cruise Director and Michel Activities Manager are fantastic.  Their TV morning show hilarious. The Theatre shows were fantastic. The best ever. Our inside cabin was great, we prefer inside so we can sleep. All the decks have picture themes so we never got lost. Deck 5 turn right at hippo pic and left at Beatle in flower pic. Food fabulous. Bar staff excellent. Casino huge. Zip line staff excelellent So much to do. Could not fault Anything. Excellently embarked and disembarked speedily and efficienty. Loved being able to check Account on Cabin TV. Sad to leave. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2014
We are a family of 3 and this was a our second cruise ever so we only have one other cruise to compare to. The Oasis of the Sea was great in terms of size cleanliness and entertainment options. However, the things that stood out for ... Read More
We are a family of 3 and this was a our second cruise ever so we only have one other cruise to compare to. The Oasis of the Sea was great in terms of size cleanliness and entertainment options. However, the things that stood out for us (in a negative way) was the service and food. Service - The crew members that we came across seemed like they were in "drone mode". Once you engage them in a conversation they would smile but once the conversation was over it seemed like they defaulted back to a straight face. This goes from our room attendant to the waiters and waitresses. The only exceptions were the crew at the Customer Service desk or stores. (This is in comparison to the crew on the Norwegian Epic we took 2 years back. Where everyone seemed to be on a good day. Norwegian's crew was friendly, engaging, interested, and part time comedian for the most part). Some examples of RCL crew... ex/ We asked for extra shampoo as my wife and daughter both have long hair needed more but the room attendant never did give us extra. There were some days where he even forgot to refill. ex/ Our waiter in the main dining room was always pushing us for a better review of him at the end of our trip. This was off putting as every dinner he would say "...remember 10 as anything but 10 even 9 does nothing." I understand that there may be bonuses that are based on their reviews by customer but if they actually put the same effort into the service we would naturally give him a 10. Food - The best food was in the main dining room. Great variety through out the trip. Also the Park Café had great choice for healthier food like sandwiches, salads and fruit cups. We didn't go to any of the specialty dining as we thought the quality of the main dining room was good enough for us. However, apart from the 2 mentioned above and specialty restaurants, the rest of the restaurants weren't that good. Ex/ The buffet area lacked food choices, in comparison to the Epic. From the Epic they would show case a different culture's food each night and have a few dishes of that type of food. Where as the Oasis had mostly the same food in the buffet area all the time. Also if you have little ones be prepared to spend a few extra bucks on snacks of well placed/decorated store. Such as the ice cream store next to the carousel. Surprisingly there wasn't much effort or emphasis on using hand sanitizer. You would see public areas being cleaned often but it will only stay clean until the next person touches the surface . One thing you do want to do is plan ahead of time such as review the schedule of the skating rinks, carousel, and other events as some activity share the same stage space and are open on specific time slots. However, overall quality of the shows and entertainment were great. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
I love this ship and after taking a cruise with my husband in January 2010, I knew I wanted to take my daughter and two grandchildren. I have taken them, now, on 10 cruises. The first nine were all on Carnival, mainly because of the ... Read More
I love this ship and after taking a cruise with my husband in January 2010, I knew I wanted to take my daughter and two grandchildren. I have taken them, now, on 10 cruises. The first nine were all on Carnival, mainly because of the price and Kids always love Carnival. We left from Miami on September 29, and returned on October 6. We had great weather, only a little rain on the 6th day in Cozumel (what is new, it always rains when I go there) This was my 28th cruise in 12 years. I usually stay in the inside cabins because I do not spend much time in the room other than to bathe and sleep. We stayed in 7456, a large inside. It was smaller than Carnival and it showed. We had two beds and a queen sleeper sofa. I thought that would be better than having those bunks hanging off the walls. Not so. It gave about 6 inches between the vanity and bed to walk around to get to the twin beds (which make into a king if you travel with a mate). The bath was nice with the glass door rather than the shower curtain. It was small but efficient. We departed on Saturday and had a sea day on Sunday, arriving in Haiti on Monday. Labadee is a nice island offering many things to do, but the zip line and coaster both had long lines and were a bit pricey. We chose a free beach. THe train takes you all around but you still have a good walk to each site. The crafts were good and the prices were fine, but this is a very poor area and you listened to a lot of begging and it was hard to pass them by. I bought more than usual because they needed the money and I have places to put the arts and crafts. We then went to Falmouth, Jamica, and I was pleased with this port. I do not like Ochos Rios and have not gone there for several years because I always feel unsafe. Falmouth was much nicer, the people more friendly and not pushy. We took a bus tour which was very educational and intersting. It went to many beautiful places and my grandchildren, granddaughter 14 1/2 and grandson who turned 13 aboard ship, loved it. I have always taken them on the Eastern cruises or to Mexico. So, they had two new ports, Haiti and Falmouth. My daughter also enjoyed this port and questioned why I had dogged Jamica all these years. We had a sea day on Wednesday, which was my 67th birthday. Our waiters were both excellent and also, the headwaiter, Jai, was also very attentive and they all sang to me. I think this was my best group of waiters in all the 28 cruises I have taken. The food is not as good as it has been. All the lines are cutting back. It was decent and we did enjoy the appetizers more than the dinners. We usually got 2 or 3 appetizers and either skipped the dinner or only ate part. I hated wasting it but it was more like a Carnival dinner. We ate in the dining room for breakfast a couple times but it was not as good as Carnival or Princess. Took a long time to be served. We enjoyed the Windjammer a bit, but we are really not into a lot of buffet meals. We ate at Johnny Rockets and ate a lot of ice cream at the store. We also cut back in expenses so didn't use the dining rooms for charge. I always go to those with my husband but when we went two years ago, the food was so good in the dining room, we didn't really need those. All in all, it was a great trip. I do have to say that for us older folks, this is NOT the best choice of ships. I just wanted the kids to experience the largest ship in the world. I recommend the Freedom of the Seas which has most everything this does except for the zip line and the Boardwalk. By the way, the entertainment on this ship far exceeds that of all ships I have cruised. Hairspray was wonderful. The diving show was tremendous. The skating show was great and my kids go to be a part of it. The ariel act was amazing and the kids just loved it all. They did miss the clangy loud party atmosphere of Carnival and didn't really care for the characters and parade on this ship, but they are too old to be kids and too young to be adults so I understood that. I don't think the teen club is as good as Carnival. Again, it is really a must to experience this ship if you cruise a lot, or even if you don't. But, if you hate walking a lot to get anywhere, skip this and take the Freedom. I clocked my days and we did about 10 miles per day. True, I need the excerise and none of us gained any weight. But, yesterday, I had foot surger (had it planned for a couple months) and I don't think the walking helped last week. I love Royal Caribbean. I guess I am just too old for this ship. All said, it was a wonderful 67th birthday!!! Oh, and I had the very best massage ever! The hot stones, and I always get at least on on each cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2012
Myself and husband both aged early 30s spent two week's on Oasis of the Seas in August 2012 and did a back to back cruise to the East and West Caribbean. We flew B.A. to Miami the day before and stayed in the Crowne Plaza overnight. ... Read More
Myself and husband both aged early 30s spent two week's on Oasis of the Seas in August 2012 and did a back to back cruise to the East and West Caribbean. We flew B.A. to Miami the day before and stayed in the Crowne Plaza overnight. Our transfer had us at the sea port quite swiftly, and from the moment I stepped off the bus to actually stepping onto the ship, it must have only taken 15 minutes! I have to say, absolutely fantastic. I can't praise the staff at Royal Caribbean enough, customer service brilliant. Once on board, we entered opposite Guest Services and we were totally gob-smacked. ... How can this float? It's absolutely huge, but so much fun, and so much to see and do. Our drill was very well organised, our muster station was in Studio B, and a safety video was played. No need to try on the life jackets, but they were on view in each muster station. The down to earth Captain gave a talk over the speaker system and after that it was up to our rooms to unpack! Our cabin was an ocean view, large balcony on deck 14. Now, I must say this folks, I did find the large balcony a total waste of money. You get the same table and two chair's everyone else get's plus on the 14 deck there is an over hang from above so less sun hits the balcony. We did however find our cabin very nice, plenty of storage, bearing in mind we had three suite cases and I managed to find a home for everything. Suite cases went under the bed, plenty of hangers in the wardrobe and draws for smalls. Bed very comfy, T.V. great and thought out the ship I found their use of I.T. was fantastic. Bathroom very modern, much more pleasing on the eye than other ships. You get a small bar of soap in the bathroom and shampoo in the shower. Formal night's I noticed that's when we got the towel animals, and chocolate on the pillows. All the room attendants on our floor were so friendly, and it was a please to talk to them as they work so hard, cleaning all rooms twice a day. We ate in Chops Grille, 150 Central Park, Giovannis, main dinging room, johnny Rockets, central park cafe and the windjammer... If you like Chops Grille book in advance if you want a certain time as it's very popular. I did give feed back to management, we went twice and the second time the service was not up to standard but purely because there were not enough staff on duty. Also, in 150 restaurant they do 'hard sell' which was very off putting. Giving us books to read, decanter to feel, trying to flog us an expensive drink - not for us, we just wanted to eat! There are plenty of options where to eat, drink, get snacks, and we loved the complimentary outlets - excellent touch. Drink prices I thought were very reasonable, in the UK hotel prices are much more. So it was happy days for us! All the shows were amazing, not the usual hotel/cruise standard... They do have the best crew on this ship folks, so talented. The divers were past Olympians and well worth seeing. I thought the comedy show's were a huge success, and make sure before you sail you go online and book yourself in as it's so much easier. Shopping on board was refreshing, affordable prices, and items that you actually would like to buy. The photo shop is so much fun, make sure you always have your photo taken by staff at every opportunity all over the ship - after all you don't have to buy them and you wont regret it on the last day. We bought the photo book, well we bough everything really... But I would recommend buying that as it's a more modern way of showing your lovely snaps! On the second to last day we noticed there was a library, quite good too. Dazzles night club was discovered on the second week, although there seemed to be a lot of private parties in there. Loved the games room... On the first day of sailing you get an hours free on certain games, think it was 6pm. Keep an eye out. My partner did the zip line - loved it, we enjoyed the mini-golf and the bingo was great - nearly won the big price but so did 10 others. There is a free cruise up for grabs weekly and the slot machines in the casino pay out well... As one guy won a large amount. Destinations: Haiti / Jamaica / Mexico / Bahamas / Charlotte Amalie / St.Marrten . We did our excursions through royal caribbean and most were just for a few hours. We did a speed boat in Haiti and loved every minute. Overall, staff were wonderful, guest services surprisingly very good, ships just amazing, furnishings still in good order, lots to do, parades are fabulous, it's a party ship, it's a family ship, open till late, girls get dressed up, lots to win, discounts for repeat royal caribbean customers... Never felt the ship move, There's lot's to eat and it's always hot hot hot. Go on ...... Book yourself a week. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Before we went on this Cruise, we scoured the Web for different information sources for cruising... We were quite at sea and a little trepiditious....went on a number of travel blogs and travel sites, including this one. This review ... Read More
Before we went on this Cruise, we scoured the Web for different information sources for cruising... We were quite at sea and a little trepiditious....went on a number of travel blogs and travel sites, including this one. This review will focus on the overall cruise and ship itself. First off, the ship was awesome and an engineering marvel..With a capacity for 8000+ people, it is a small township on the waters. It boasts off umpteen dining room options, entertainment venues and kids zones...All of which you can review off the RCI website. We have some in our party that are motion sick so equipped with Quell and Sea Bands(amazon-very good), we hardly felt anything at all due to the scale and layout. What I want to share is the underlining aspects of Customer Service and Operations that went a very long way to make us feel comfortable and taken care. What amazed us the most was the Operations were smooth from the get go. Every personnel is extremely well trained, smiling and willing to help. 65 countries are represented in the staffing and the feeling of being part of a global whole is a palpable one all around. Of particular kudos is to the entire Food and Beverage team the ship over, from the Main Dining Room, to the Windsurfer to the smaller outlets all through the Ship....Excellent, excellent all the way. Food choices included lots of fresh fruits, salads, healthy choices all throughout....We are not the All You Can Eat folk, though and enjoyed the intelligent options laid out each time, every where. Central Park is for the more discriminating with a more upmarket feel, fresh air and plants all around as well as the Vintage Bar. Now there, we ran into some bad weather with the young hostess lady who did not pay enough attention to the proper and correct priority seating at a wine tasting that could have gotten ugly at the table due to her very poor Hostessing skills.....We simply chose to leave the place to avoid a scene. The Spa was also very well run but then here again, very low marks for them trying to upsell a treatment once you are in the massage room and then also, trying to sell you products which is in stark contrast to anything else on the ship and so, stands out very poorly. Room Service is an option always, polite, timely and courteous, though a bit hurried on the phone. However, they seem to be over generous with dishing out Milk, Condiments etc, almost all of which we experienced and saw wasted along the corridors in trays later. That can be mitigated by a review of your order each time you place one. Our teen and young kids were all over the place and enjoyed the amenities, the Teen Zone and the various options for them. We were a couple of families together and here, I want to say that More is Merrier especially for the Teens and Tweens where freedom reigns so bring as many in your family and friends group along for the ride. It will be more memorable for them then. My suggestions for next time: Do pack some munchie snacks that the family likes: Pita chips, Frito Lays, Gummie bears, granola bars etc.....Even with all the food choices on board, it is nice to have some in your back pak and in room. Bring Magazines and reading material....They have a wonderful library on board and I read two books but they have no light reading like magazines etc.. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2011
My husband and I were on the 13th August sailing to the Eastern Caribbean. We were fortunate enough to be part of a group of 100 South Africans who sailed compliments of a large supplier who organised this as an incentive to their top ... Read More
My husband and I were on the 13th August sailing to the Eastern Caribbean. We were fortunate enough to be part of a group of 100 South Africans who sailed compliments of a large supplier who organised this as an incentive to their top customers. A few qualifications to my ridiculously long review so that it makes more sense in context: I am 37, my husband is 42. We were not travelling with kids. The cruise, airline tickets, transfers, the 'per diem' drinks package and pre-payable gratuities were paid for as part of the incentive trip. The supplier also gifted everyone $150 credit on their SeaPass card. We have been so blessed and fortunate, as this is probably never something that we would have afforded ourselves. As such, we decided to take the money that we would have spent on a vacation locally and use that as spending money. This resulted in us having the holiday of a lifetime without having to give a second thought to money that we spent during the time. We were also able to tip additionally for great service, and of course we have a huge bias toward the South African crew we met on board. We are also not big 'party animals'. We don't go clubbing or to theatre, but do enjoy the pub and some live music from time to time. As much as we had every good intention to go see the shows and live it up on the dance floor, we just didn't feel like it and so didn't force it, but rather went with the flow of relaxing and drinking more than our fair share of cocktails. We are very spoiled for choice with our food back home and eat out regularly. Our food back home is very flavourful, so we had no real expectation of what we consider to be great food because it would not suit everyone's tastes. I have not included any of the +-500 odd pictures that we took simply because I have seen much better photos on here and mine really don't do our experience all that much justice. We worked on Friday 12th, dashed home, got ready and flew out of Johannesburg on Friday evening headed for JFK. I understand why most people on the board advise that you fly a day before. 7 of our group did not make the connecting flight to Miami (through no fault of their own, but the queues at JFK were ridiculously slow and they were directed to stand in the wrong line for the connecting AA flight). We got through JFK and onto our AA flight without incident, and were met by a bus at MIA to take us down to the port. CABIN: Although we had nothing to do with the selection of our cabin, I thought it was fantastic and would have chosen it for myself. We were in 8308 towards the Aft on the Central Park level. We were in a Superior Ocean View Stateroom with balcony. This worked out well as my husband smokes and could do so on the balcony. We were far enough aft to not be too bothered by foot traffic up and down the corridor. There was no ambient noise from anywhere and nothing going bump in the night ? I won't repeat what most have already written about these cabins, but we found it more than sufficient for our purposes. Our stateroom attended, Farid, was friendly and fabulous, and yes - we did get the towel animals and chocolates at turn-down every night (I remember reading somewhere that people thought that perhaps RCCL were trying to save money by not doing this, but it wasn't our experience). We also did not spend excessive amounts of time in the cabin. DRINKS: Wow. If we had not been on a package this would have cost us a fortune! We are reasonably big drinkers (wine and beer mostly) at home, but on this cruise I can safely say that we were putting fish to shame. As mentioned, we were on the per diem package, which included beer, wine by the glass, all house brands, sodas etc. I didn't find much that we ordered that wasn't included. I drank plenty of the cocktails (so very yummy, especially the BBC and lava flows) and beer and rum cocktails. We spent a lot of time each day in the Globe and Atlas pub on deck 5 as there was a smoking area there. I haven't included that in my daily review, but it's safe to assume that anytime we walked anywhere on board, we went via the Globe and Atlas for a drink. We got to know the barmen there as well. Paul, Indra and Leonard are particularly friendly. One word of caution though, we found that the bar staff are rather heavy handed with their pouring. Some of the cocktails were so strong that they were not enjoyable. We are used to a single tot being 25ml, so the free-flow unmeasured pouring made the drinks a lot stronger than we were accustomed to. The only time we were charged for drinks was for a tomato juice (go figure, because the bloody mary is included in the package) and when we got the mini-bar stocked up with some beers for when we were sitting on the balcony. If you are a drinker, or plan on indulging in colourful cocktails, then you may want to investigate a drinks package. Probably the only thing I did not drink on-board was soda, so I cannot comment on whether or not that was good value. If you don't take a booze package, bank on an average of $7 for each glass of liquid joy. FOOD: Before I say anything, please appreciate that everyone's tastes are different. I am used to cooking with onion, garlic and chilli as a basis of most of my dishes, and these are 3 things that are difficult to incorporate into dishes when you are trying to cater for the masses. As a result I found most of the food on-board a bit bland, but still enjoyable. We didn't eat in the MDR once, other than breakfast on one of the days. This wasn't a conscious decision (in fact we were scheduled to eat there twice with the group), rather just how it turned out. We only ate in Windjammer once as well. I will do more detailed descriptions of the restaurants we ate at on the daily review below. Overall, the food was actually much better than what I was expecting based on some of the reviews that I had read. The presentation was almost always good, and some restaurants like 150 Central Park were excellent. Each to his own on this one. One suggestion is that perhaps RCCL could look at offering a more comprehensive selection of condiments for guests who need a bit more spice, like hot English mustard, fresh chilli, chopped garlic etc.? WHAT WE SPENT: As I have mentioned, we didn't pay for much. I have included what we did pay for as I know that this helped me a lot when we were planning, so I hope it can help someone else. Always check your bill as most times there is already 15% added on for tips. We chose to tip extra as we were in this fortunate position of almost our whole holiday being paid for. Windjammer: $9 for 2 fresh OJ's (what a waste - we didn't know they were extra, so when we were offered we said yes please. Not particularly good either). Explorations/SeaTrek: $32 for a lycra swimming top (I think you call them rash guards?) so that I could snorkel without being burned to a crisp and $56 per person for the snorkel excursion to Turtle Cove on St. Thomas. Yay for the helpful South Africans at the shop on deck 15 by the pool! $14.50 for more sunscreen (a spray on one) as the factor 20 SPF that we brought with was proving insufficient 150 Central Park: $3.95 for a bottle of Evian, $2.25 for a coke, $15 for the signature martini, $2.75 for a cappuccino, plus extra gratuity for our server. The martini is very pricey, but so lovely. Giovanni's Table: $35 for a bottle of Sav Blanc (which was not too shabby at all, A Scott something-or-other), $2.75 for a cappuccino, plus extra gratuity for our server. Johnny Rockets: $5.95 for a 20oz draft, $4.25 for a MGD plus gratuity plus $9.90 for the cover charge Globe and Atlas Pub: $4.50 for two tomato juices plus gratuity. Chops Grille: $9.50 for two Heinekens and $2.75 for a cappuccino plus gratuity for our server. Seafood Shack: $3.50 for coconut shrimp starter portion, $2.95 for chicken drummets starter portion, $6.95 x 2 for the grilled shrimp entrEe, $7 for a frozen mojito, $8 for a long island ice tea plus gratuity for the server. Izumi: Chicken Kara-age $4, Shrimp gyoza $4, Snow crab CA roll, $5.50, Salmon box roll $5, Crispy shrimp roll $6, salmon nigiri $2, shrimp nigiri $2, Sprite $2.25, 2 Heineken $9.50. Gratuity for server. We also spent some money on perfumes at Solera gift shop, and some small money on laundry. We also chose to tip our stateroom attendant quite a bit over and above what had been pre-paid. SATURDAY: Embarkation really is as painless and quick as everyone has documented. We were processed and had our SeaPasses within about 25 minutes of arriving. Our picture was taken by a South African photographer, so that was a cool introduction. We went up to our cabin and had just had enough time to look around when our suitcases arrived. Because of the flights and transfers etc. we only got on-board at around 3:30pm. We went to grab lunch at Park Cafe as recommended, and had the roast beef sandwich. Meh - I thought it was ok, but spotted the salad station and found that much more appealing. After lunch we unpacked quickly and went to explore. Day One during embarkation was probably the most crowded I ever felt on the ship. I guess that's because almost everyone is walking around exploring and taking photos. It can be quite overwhelming. We walked around and then went for the safety drill, after which we headed back to the room to shower and get ready for dinner. We had a group dinner booking for 8:30pm each evening for our group. The first night looked like absolute chaos, and we were being shoved around in the crowd as only one level of the Opus was open. We lost patience pretty quickly and headed for Johnny Rockets instead. We hadn't slept in 2 days by now and just wanted a quick dinner and to get some sleep. To quote a previous reviewer (and I can't remember who to credit) Johnny Rockets is Johnny Rockets ... it's not going to blow you away but it will fill the hole in the tummy, albeit with grease. We spent the first day (and most subsequent days, in fact), in complete awe of the ship. It's like a floating mall and hotel! Absolutely brilliant. SUNDAY: After a great night's rest we headed for breakfast in the Solarium, where we were helped by a South African server. We must gravitate towards each other ? I enjoyed the food and had a bagel with salmon and cream cheese and some scrambled egg. The turkey bacon and sausage was new to me and I think I will stick to the pork version. We had not booked anything for Nassau as we didn't know how we would shape up after our long haul inbound flights, but we were fine and headed off the ship. Embarking and disembarking the ship I found incredibly well organised and it was painless. A word of caution though, when we were on our balcony looking down just before 'on board' time there was a loooong line of people boiling in the sun waiting to get back on board. Moral of the story I guess is that if you don't want to be stuck in the queue don't try get back on board at the last minute with everybody else. We found Nassau amazingly beautiful and walked for as far as we could, but then it was mighty warm and the cocktails were calling, so we headed to Senor Frog and partied away for a while before heading back to the ship. We then headed for the pool and hung out there drinking cocktails (a recurrent theme of our holiday) and swimming before heading off for a nap. Dinner was booked at 150 Central Park. This really was the best meal on board for me. I will list the menu below, but very few of these things are what I would normally order at a restaurant (besides the fish) and they were magnificently cooked and beautifully presented. The chef came around to chat to us and of course the service was sublime. Like the martini! The salt that everyone else has mentioned is fantastic! Give this restaurant a go if you want a special evening. Menu was as follows: Asparagus panna cota (stunning!!), salmon rose, caviar and asparagus tips with a champagne sauce, a roast yellow tomato soup, sautEed sea bass with micro green salad and fried capers (my favourite dish), slow braised duck with fresh herb pasta (my least favourite, and still not bad at all), wagyu new york beef strip with some yummy potato gratin and a port glaze. We were way too stuffed for dessert so we skipped it. We had booked to see the late show of Oasis of The Seas, but walked around instead and caught some of the show from the end of the Boardwalk. It looked fantastic. So professional and gorgeous, but we just weren't in the mood to sit and watch anything, so we walked around the ship instead. MONDAY: We tried breakfast at Windjammer. Although its absolute chaos, we were helped by a kind gent to find a table, and then met another South African server. The food is not offensive, but there are in my opinion definitely better (and calmer!) places to eat. We walked the ship some more and took up our default position at the pub. While we were walking out the pub, we got caught up in some staff parade on the Royal Promenade. It was quite cute and involved representatives from all the staff areas. We grabbed a late room service lunch which was most unmemorable, took a nap, and headed to Giovanni's Table for dinner. It wasn't bad. I've had better Italian and better service, but overall it was tolerable. We had a nice bottle of wine and a relaxing evening. Our waiter kept bringing us additional dishes that we had not asked for, so it was gluttonously wasteful. I had the scallops to start, hubby had a tasteless Caesar salad and the waiter also bought us a melanzane, which was mostly wasted as my husband doesn't favour eggplant and it was too oily for me. We had the lamb chops (tasty!), crab ravioli (very mediocre) and the meat gnocchi (sauce was ok, gnocchi was too heavy for my taste). Dessert was not an option as there was just no more space. TUESDAY: We opted for an early room service breakfast as we had booked an excursion to go snorkelling at St Thomas' Turtle Cove. We were just in complete awe of the magnificence that we saw and so grateful for the experience of being able to snorkel with turtles and stingrays and all that tropical fish. Be warned though that this seems to be a popular thing to do and we were jostling for space with about 5 other boats to get close to the turtles. In all likelihood you will get slapped by a fin of a careless/awestruck snorkeler! My suggestion is that you head first to go explore the coral reef (as everyone will head for the turtles first thing) and then wait for them to head out towards the reef which will leave you some space and peace to go look at the turtles. The rum punch on the boat on the way back just tasted like more. After a great day out, we grabbed a salad again at park cafe for lunch and headed for the pool/cocktails/pub (have you spotted the general theme of our cruise yet?!?). That evening, we had a private cocktail and awards event with the whole group at Dazzles. We were then invited by the supplier to join them at 150 Central Park for dinner, which we did. It was pouring with rain, but not for too long. The hostess at 150 spoke to the chef, who graciously changed two items on the menu for us, so we had an endive and apple salad instead of the asparagus duo, and salmon pasta instead of the duck which I thoroughly enjoyed. WEDNESDAY: Desperate for some decent coffee my husband went for a pre-breakfast dash for some Starbucks from the Promenade Cafe. We then tried the Opus MDR for breakfast. It was quite busy but we got a two seater table and had an omelette. The tables are very close together in the MDR, so we landed up having nice conversation with our neighbours. After breakfast we headed off the ship to go explore the beautiful island of St Maarten. Boy was it warm!! We did a little bit of shopping, walked as much as we could in the heat, and then headed for a beach shack for a drink. After sampling the delicious guavaberry cocktails and enjoying the wonderful view of the beaches, we headed back to the ship. We didn't feel like a big lunch, so we grabbed a slice of pizza from Sorrentos. The crust was thicker than we are used to, but it wasn't bad at all. We then headed for the pool and the serious business of drinking cocktails. I had to pay a visit to the doctor in the late afternoon as my legs had swollen badly and developed a really bad rash. It was nothing too serious or bad enough to ruin my trip. As an aside, if you have the misfortune of getting ill on board, have no fear for you will be well looked after. The medical facility is superb and there were two South African nurses. The doctor had a great sense of humour, which you will really need when you see the charges!!! A consult with a doctor is anywhere between $110 and $200 excluding any meds you may require. I had to have daily injections until I left the ship and get some oral meds. The bill was over $300, so try stay healthy :-) We stopped in at the Promenade Cafe for a snack to keep us going as we had a late dinner booked, headed back to the pub, and then back to the room to get ready for dinner at Chops. Chops Grille has a lovely atmosphere. Again, it was just way too much food. The shrimp cocktail is not the same as we are used to (it's more just like steamed prawn with a lettuce salad and sauce on the side). The Caesar salad (which we did not ask for but got two of) was actually great. I had the petit fillet and husband had the normal size one. The meat was tender and well cooked, the sides were reasonably good, and despite us requesting no dessert we were served a berry and mousse dessert which we shared and enjoyed. I wish I would have eaten half of what I did, because the slices of cake being served looked divine, but they were huge and there was no way I was going to even attempt it. I am really not a delicate girl, and my hubby and I can both seriously pack away good portions, but this was just over the top even for me to try. Our server (Bouchard? Something like that ... Indian chap) was most pleasant and it was an enjoyable evening. THURSDAY: There was a morning dash for coffee from Starbucks again! We headed to Park Cafe for breakfast and found it was packed beyond capacity, so we got our food to go and enjoyed breakfast on the balcony of our room. We meandered around in the morning, and then watched the belly flop competition. If you are planning on watching any of the events at the Aqua Theatre during the day, do yourself a favour and go about half an hour before the show starts. With the sun overhead, only about 30% of the Aqua Theatre gets shade, so if you are sensitive to the sun or don't fancy being burned to a crisp try get yourself a shady spot. We landed up going one level up to where the rock climbing wall was and watching from there. We had some salad and grilled prawns at the Seafood Shack for lunch, and then indulged in a great afternoon snooze. We had dinner booked at Izumi. The service started out a bit slow but improved. The complimentary edamame beans were great, addictive like peanuts! The miso soup was also tasty. The sushi wasn't bad at all, although one of the rolls that we ordered crispy shrimp and I am not too fond of having breaded and fried fish in my sushi roll. The nigiri was my favourite. We had booked to see Come Fly With Me after dinner but again, we just weren't in the mood for sitting still after a large meal so chose to walk around instead and head for bed. FRIDAY: I can't remember where we were for breakfast (must be either the jetlag or the cocktails catching up with me). I can only assume that it was a bagel from Park Cafe again - I really enjoyed the salmon cream cheese, smoked salmon pieces with capers and rocket lettuce combination. The morning is a bit blurry so it probably involved some cocktails around the pool. Around noon we watched the comedy dive show for a while. Those divers are exceptionally talented! We then scooted off to listen to a bit of the captain's talk on the ship and stayed at that for about half an hour until the questions started. They showed a really fascinating video about how the Oasis was built. We then went past the Solarium where we had planned on getting lunch. The food looked really great and delicious; salads and wraps and some yummy looking Asian flavoured dishes, but unfortunately there was nothing that caught my husband's eye, and as I had already made him eat sushi the night before which he doesn't enjoy, we headed back to Park Cafe for a salad and some crisps. We spent some time after lunch at the Focus photo gallery looking through the photos that we had gotten taken. We had a good laugh at them but didn't purchase any. On Thursday night when we got back to our room we found that we had been given our boarding picture in an Oasis frame as a gift from the supplier. It's not my favourite picture as we hadn't slept for almost 2 days and look pretty crazed, but it is a lovely memory to have. We also did some perfume shopping at the Solera gift shop, which works out a lot cheaper for us then buying it at home. That evening we had a farewell cocktail event in the Solarium bar. It was pretty, and the sun was starting to set which just added to the gorgeous colours. A word of warning though ... it gets seriously hot in the Solarium! As much as I would have loved to use the Solarium during the week as our pool, there was just no air circulation and no shade, which just made it unpleasant for me, so we sat outside the Solarium close to the last Jacuzzi pool where there was shade and of course my husband could smoke. I did find it more pleasant to turn the deck chair out the other way so that I could watch the ocean. For our last dinner, we headed back to Seafood Shack for the coconut prawns, which I really enjoyed (despite them being deep fried). They were served with a lime aioli, and it was the only hint of garlic I tasted onboard. SATURDAY: We had a 6:45am meeting time for our group disembarkation at 7:15am, so we woke early, showered and went to grab a last breakfast at Park Cafe before leaving. Big up to RCCL for the painless and well organised disembarkation process. I think it again took all of about 25 minutes to disembark, get our luggage, clear customs and get on the bus. We then started the long homeward bound trek of Miami - Washington - Dakar - Johannesburg, and landed on Sunday night. Now if only the airports were as organised as the cruise ... I found the reviews that were posted here informative and worth the read before we left, but I will caution you to reserve judgement and make up your own mind when you are there. Everyone has different tastes and things that I had thought I would not bother with, based on reviews that I had read of them, I landed up really enjoying. Most of the crew that we encountered were pleasant and became quite friendly when you engaged them in conversation. I also thought that I would be reading the Cruise Compass with great interest each night and planning which activities to attend and which extra shows to go watch, but I didn't really consult it at all as our holiday took a more chilled laissez-faire approach. All in all we have nothing but wonderful memories and larger waistlines from this incredible trip. It really was a once in a lifetime experience for us and I hope that anyone who is doing this trip has as good a time as we did. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
This was our 2nd cruise with Liberty OTS. We were happy to be back on the ship to see if we could have as much fun as we did in 2009 on Liberty. It was as wonderful as we remembered. The only negatives were that some shows like "Love ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise with Liberty OTS. We were happy to be back on the ship to see if we could have as much fun as we did in 2009 on Liberty. It was as wonderful as we remembered. The only negatives were that some shows like "Love and Marriage, "Qwest, and Battle of the Sexes, started after 10:30pm. It's not very late but we get up kinda early, 8:30am and stay going all day so by 9pm, we were too tired to attend several activites and parties. I understand Qwest being late night because it is adult only, but, we had to take afternoon naps to stay awake until 11:30pm. I love that RC offers crowd participation games, and shows. We cruised the Ruby Princess, and there was nothing to do onboard except lay by the pool. We have natural tans so there was no need for more sun.I like the new additons to Liberty. I didn't see a movie ever playing by the pool though. "Grease" started playing, but it stopped during the pep rally scene and didn't come back on. I'm not sure when our stateroom attendants slept, because they were always available and on top of their jobs. We woke up they were greeting us in the hall, and when we went to bed, they were saying goodnight. The cruise director on this cruise was not as lively and entertaining as the one from our 1st Liberty cruise in 2009.Disembarktion was hectic, I'm not sure what happened. After we ate breakfast, we tried to waste time walking around until closer to our tags would be called, but we didn't want to be in the way of the staff trying to clean up. We were #16 tag to leave the ship. When they announced our number, they skipped 15 but numbers 11-14 were already standing in a long line leaving the ship. People were frustrated because others cut line unintentionally. I wish they had waited until the line decreased a little before they called other numbers out.We are RC fans though, we loved Oasis and we are trying a smaller ship, Monarch, in August. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
We are a couple in our 50's from Australia doing our fourth cruise. We holidayed in New York & Canada and wanted to end our trip with a Caribbean cruise on the biggest cruise liner in the world. Oasis of the Seas was certainly ... Read More
We are a couple in our 50's from Australia doing our fourth cruise. We holidayed in New York & Canada and wanted to end our trip with a Caribbean cruise on the biggest cruise liner in the world. Oasis of the Seas was certainly big and flashy and a marvel to engineering. We saw too much of the ship being built and what it offered on the internet before going. We won't do that next time as we knew what to expect! After a few days when you get beyond the WOW factor, you begin to see the cruise for what it is. FOOD Food was a big disappointment! It was very average throughout the ship and catered for QUANTITY, not QUALITY. The only really good venue was the SOLARIUM on the pool deck which catered for a really healthy buffet breadfast & lunch although I don't know why they should charge a fee for dinner! Buffet breakfast in the main dining room & Windjammers was very basic and limited in the range of food. No chefs to order an omlette was disappointing. We tried room service for breakfast one morning and that was very limited in what you could order. The big DINING ROOMS did not offer 5 star meals for dinner which was disappointing. There were also too many dining areas on the ship which charged a fee. Apart from having lunch (and paying) at JOHNNY ROCKETS, we didn't bother about the others. I can't see why Oasis could not have it's own burger/hot dog/BBQ area for cruisers to enjoy for lunch. SORRENTO's looked good in Central Park but only offered a limited range of cheesy pizza's by the slice. I was expecting to see more Italian food such as pastas. ENTERTAINMENT / ACTIVITIES The shows were very good - Hairspray, Come Fly with Me, comedians etc. The show in the Aqua Theatre was not very well done. Other evening entertainment consisted of mostly music around the ship. There we no activities for people during the day which was disappointing. Only staying by the pool. This is the only cruise we've done that has not offered things to do 24/7. A few days we even had an afternoon nap as there wasn't much to do. Central Park was nice but there were not many seats for people to sit and enjoy. It was more of a walk through. The Boardwalk area looked great with the Carousel and shops but did not offer any entertainment there. eg. buskers for entertainment would have been great. SUMMERY Overall we had a good time. We experienced the mega ship but disappointed with the food and on-board activities. The staff were all great. Would I recommend this to others. Certainly but be aware of the drawbacks. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
On March 20th, 2010 my family and I took a much anticipated cruise of the Oasis of the Seas with Royal Caribbean. This cruise was planned months in advance and there was so my hype that myself and the rest of my family counted the days ... Read More
On March 20th, 2010 my family and I took a much anticipated cruise of the Oasis of the Seas with Royal Caribbean. This cruise was planned months in advance and there was so my hype that myself and the rest of my family counted the days until we departed. The ship, Oasis of the Seas, was magnificent. It was beautiful from stem to stern. Everything was first class. My question to Royal Caribbean is.."why would you allow people to smoke almost everywhere and not enforce your no smoking rules?" All of the bars were filled with cigarette smokers, no special ventilation to carry the smoke out of that area. It flowed into the public areas "Central Park" and "The Boardwalk". They had a wonderful, creative floating bar which moved from the lower Boardwalk and upward. You could smell the stench of cigarette smoke everywhere. If that wasn't bad enough, I had $ 700.00 stolen from my cabin. I phoned to let Royal Caribbean know and their Customer Service person said if I didn't make a report before leaving the ship, there is nothing they can do about my "alleged accusation of theft". I put my primary purse with Credit Cards, passports, etc. in the Safe provided. I had a secondary purse that I put in the dresser in our Cabin with odds and ends,including $ 700.00 Canadian money. It did not occur to me that the Oasis of the Seas Staff would go through our personal belonging that were out of sight. I did not realize the money was missing until we arrived home and I looked for money to pay our taxi fare here in Canada. On board ship, I only used our room card for any charges that were needed and put on my credit card. When we went off ship, we used US dollars. When I told my husband of the money missing, he said that the couple in the next cabin to us asked him if anything had gone missing from our Cabin. Unfortunately, my husband didn't say anything to me or I would have checked and would have found the money missing. I never in a million years thought that someone would steal Canadian money, however, I now realize that our money is on par with the US dollar. My thoughts now are that I would like to make everyone who is cruising to lock up everything in your safe because there are dishonest people working on those ships. Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship. Don't let smokers ruin it for everyone else!!! When a client has a complaint, don't as much call them a liar. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
RCL obviously knew people would be skeptical about the size. Our room was great, and we had a regular rooom! You walk in and the bath is on the left - bigger than usual, the bed (VERY COMFORTABLE) in front, followed by a cozy couch and ... Read More
RCL obviously knew people would be skeptical about the size. Our room was great, and we had a regular rooom! You walk in and the bath is on the left - bigger than usual, the bed (VERY COMFORTABLE) in front, followed by a cozy couch and desk - if we felt lazy, sometimes we snuggled down and watched TV! - nice balcony overlooking Central Park. The "communities" are so well-designed and separated, so you can enjoy each one and yet easily move on, when you want. You forget you are on a ship, as you sit in Central Park, surrounded by trees and flowers, hearing the birds sing! It was a wonderful design to have the center of the ship open to the sky, yet you can stroll the Promenade beneath a glass ceiling, so if there happens to be a bit of rain, it doesn't stop the fun! We loved going to the kids area as they had so much going on. It is done top notch, by the way - the teen center and hangout is cool! The water sports are so amazing that you want to go to watch, even if you don't do any of them. The first day, we dozed in the wonderful swivel chairs in the adult solarium (a great feature for when you want adult time), watching the ocean. Then, refreshed we had to ride the marry-go-round - the Boardwalk is so much fun! The shows are great (except the comedians - need new ones, please!)! The spa and fitness center was very nice, but watch out in the fitness center - the floor is not all one level and you can trip by some of the machines. The food was wonderful - we did anytime seating - we never had to wait and no matter where we went, they knew we were honeymooners and we got our own table! The restaurants on the ship were really good, but we did only one - the Italian (Giovanni's) for Christmas, which was great!. We did only one because the dining food was really good! The buffet was nice, except breakfast needs to be taken up a notch; not bad, but not great. Getting off for excursions was so easy! Get into the elevator and push the yellow button. When the doors open, you turn and go off the ship! There is no finding out how to get to the other end of the ship - from any point, you go all the way to the left or right, by the rooms, and go all the way down the halls to the other side - sometimes it is fastest! They need new photographers - the lighting was awful and the poses standard. We were disappointed and didn't buy any. The staff is great. A well-thought out ship - so much to do, yet doesn't feel busy and overwhelming; if you want quiet time, it is easy to find. I highly recommend it. It is a lot of people, but RCL knew it would be and ensured their ship design allowed for it. When we sat in our favorite lounge (Viking Crown) at the top of the ship, it was cozy, quiet, and intimate and we knew it was the best choice for our honeymoon! Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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