6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and we were attracted by both the opportunity to be on one of the largest ships at sea and by the . Before booking and then for almost every day before sailing we researched the ship, looked at ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and we were attracted by both the opportunity to be on one of the largest ships at sea and by the . Before booking and then for almost every day before sailing we researched the ship, looked at other reviews and spoke with the travel agent about what to expect. We were concerned about a number of reviews that referenced a tired ship and about Royal Caribbean's reported practice of "nickel and diming" guests to extort as much additional money as possible. I absolutely have to address these issues because they are absolutely not our experience. The ship is overwhelmingly big but it is in beautiful order. Yes there is some upgrade necessary. If you are the type of guest who will obsess about handrails that have been bleached by the sun and are in need of sanding and re-varnishing then look elsewhere because your holiday may be ruined! Otherwise, have no fears - it's spotlessly clean, the staff are friendly and attentive and there is much to do. Not once were we approached about upgrades or trips, nor were we pushed for additional tipping or anything else. Embarkation is about a good as you will ever get - we were onboard enjoying our first drink within 15 minutes of reaching the ship and the staff were simply brilliant at their jobs. Reviews have also mentioned that Royal Caribbean have selected the itinerary for our cruise based on ability to make more money for transfers. We are talking about one of the largest ships at seas - it is naturally limited by the availability of ports to handle its size. We started at Barcelona, went to Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Civitavecchia and Naples. We paid for a bus transfer at Marseilles and at Palma and the charges were reasonable based on the journey and the fact that the service ran every 20-30 minutes throughout the entire day. No transfers are necessary at La Spezia (other than a short, free bus ride through the port) or Naples (the ship practically docks in the main street! Reviews we have seen have also criticised the Windjammer Restaurant (the main buffet restaurant) for quality of food and limited space. The quality and range of food in our experience was as good as that in the main dining room. We also, always, found somewhere to dine. Speaking with other guests it was clear they had similar thoughts and experiences. Perhaps the quality of the Windjammer explores its popularity? We thoroughly recommend that you try it - steaks, fish, seafood, curries, paella, cold cuts, carved meats, soup, burgers, fruit, stir fry, you name it, it is available and delicious. We tried to vary our venue for breakfast between Windjammer and the Solarium (deck 15) where exactly the same fare is available but with access restricted to over-18's. The Solarium is beautiful and often quiet so again no problems with the lengthy queues some reviewers have reported. Entertainment was great - we attended the Comedy show (an absolute must) and the diving show (very impressive). Less entertaining was the daily regime around the pool areas with a band playing a range (always the same) of reggae tunes. Tuneful this wasn't - the singers were woeful at the harmonies and the drummer was clearly building a shed. Contrast this with one day where we were treated to a genuine talent in the form of a violinist who was brilliant and who established an immediate rapport with the crowd, covering a range of tracks. She also played at night, sometimes solo and sometimes with a brilliant guitarist in Central Park - worth an hour of anyone's trip just to experience how good they both are. I have already mentioned the food - Windjammer excellent, main dining room equally so except for one occasion when my fish dish was clearly overcooked. We also dined in Sabor, one of the pay options - lovely food but enough to feed a small army! Sorrento's is excellent if you want a slice or two of pizza - it's on the Promenade deck (deck 5). Alcohol was a bit hit or miss - beers, wines, liqueurs and some cocktails were very good or excellent, but too many drinks were spoiled by excessive ice and flat mixers and Royal Caribbean really needs to step up to the mark on this - a glass full of ice and flat mixer spoils an otherwise excellent range of spirits. I appreciate that coffee can be a personal choice (and we are not into Starbucks at all), but this was disappointing. The cast majority of places simply offered coffee from a pot and it was dishwater. The exception was the Park Café on deck 5 - proper speciality coffee served with a range of sandwiches (try the turkey or the roast beef) and pastries - excellent. Again a few more places offering the same on a ship this size would be better. We did not take any of the Royal Caribbean excursions - we have previously visited Rome, Capri (Naples) and options for Palma and Marseilles are easily self-sourced. Marseilles is a must visit - the old port is spectacular. La Spezia was a real surprise - great shopping and dining and after a morning spent on these activities we took a private boat ride (23 Euro per person) to Portovenere followed by a boat ride of one hour around three neighbouring islands - fantastic and Portovenere has to be seen to be believed. Palma is excellent and we spent a great half-day wandering round the shops. We also took a hop on hop off bus ride round Naples - two routes for 23 Euro per person and lasting around 3 hours in total - a really great opportunity to see all of the city. Our cabin was an inside cabin on floor 9 - perfectly good, clean and bet and linen excellent. I enjoy running and can thoroughly recommend the Spa and Fitness area - I have seen reviews saying that it is disappointing that there are only portholes for viewing purposes - they are big portholes and if you want a view perhaps you are not putting enough effort into your exercise! All in all this was a fantastic holiday and we would go back tomorrow. We hope others have a similar experience, and if you are scheduled for a stay on this, in our experience you will enjoy every minute - do not believe everything you have read! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas on 30th June for a 7 night Med cruise, calling at Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Rome, and Naples. Boarding was in Barcelona and the ship is so large that it boards over two terminals. We were allocated ... Read More
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas on 30th June for a 7 night Med cruise, calling at Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Rome, and Naples. Boarding was in Barcelona and the ship is so large that it boards over two terminals. We were allocated terminal C and after dropping off our cases we were on board the ship in less than 30 minutes from arriving at the terminal. Upon boarding, we were greeted with a glass of bubbly, which was a nice touch. As we were in an Aqua Suite, we headed up to the suite lounge, which is a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of boarding day. In the suite lounge, we were able to book a couple of shore excursions and signed up for a 3-night specialty dining package. One benefit of being in a suite is the use of the suite lounge which is open all day for snacks, drinks and table service in the Coastal Kitchen Restaurant which is incorporated into the lounge. We ate lunch in the Coastal Kitchen, which was delicious and then headed to our Aqua Suite no 14330. This was a very nice suite with a separate lounge and dining room and a bathroom with a full-sized bathtub. The balcony was split and to be honest I would have preferred one of the lower Aqua Suits with a wrap-around balcony. We did have some issues with a leak in our cabin, but the housekeeping and maintenance teams sorted that out very professionally. During the week the temperatures were very high, mainly around 30 degrees so it was quite tiring to walk anywhere off the ship. We stayed on board during the first two ports and enjoyed the ship. There is so much to see and do onboard, one review would not do it justice. Day 3 we took a tour which involved taking a ferry to a very picturesque island, the ferry took around half an hour to cross the bay but the walk from the ship to the ferry took longer, not an excursion for anyone with any walking difficulties. Next day we did an olive tasting tour, this I would highly recommend. A beautiful scenic drive through Tuscany and a visit to a farmhouse once owned by the brother of Napoleon, which today is an olive farm. At the last port of call, Naples, we walked off and not far from the port found a really nice restaurant and ate authentic Napali Pizza, just 4 Euro each for a large pizza. Whilst onboard there is so much entertainment going on, from Aqua SHows, Ice SHows, West End Style Theatre Shows, comedians and musicians as wella s Karaoke for those who like to entertain themselves. There are seven neighborhoods onboard the Oasis but we really liked Central Park and The Boardwalk. There is a vast choice of where to eat on board. You have of course Coastal Kitchen for Suite guests and the Windjammer buffet-style Restaurant, then for snacks, you have the Boardwalk Hot Dog Stand, Sorrentos Pizzaria, The Park Cafe and for Tapas you have Vintages Wine Bar. For dinner, you can choose the main dining room or plump for a specialty restaurant. You can choose from Izumi Japanese, Sabor Mexican, Choppes Grill Steakhouse, Giovanni's Table Italian or our favorite the 150 Central Park Bistro. All of these come with a supplement, but if you purchase a dining package you can get a good discount on the cover charges. I would have to say that the food on this cruise was about the best we have experienced on a cruise ship and the staff and service from every member of staff without exception was fantastic. We had the opportunity to meet the Captain and The Hotel Director and the ship, crew, food, and facilities are a credit to them. We had an awesome cruise holiday and can't wait to get back to what I think is our new favorite ship Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted to experience Europe and to feel safe and grounded while doing that. Maybe I would choose a cruise with less port intense agenda. Getting out every morning and walking for hours on end was too labor ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to experience Europe and to feel safe and grounded while doing that. Maybe I would choose a cruise with less port intense agenda. Getting out every morning and walking for hours on end was too labor intensive for me, but it was still wonderful! Dining was a highlight of my day. I did dinner every evening in the main dining room. It was fun and I looked forward to seeing our waiters and our table mates each evening. I was quite disappointed to learn that surf and turf night is now a thing of the past! I could order lobster if I paid a $29.99 surcharge. Dinners were good but there was not as much variety as I was accustomed to. Majority of the items were offered daily. There would be 1 or 2 new items added per day, but most of the menu remained the same. I booked an ocean view cabin which I would have loved - except the weather did not cooperate. It was cold every day and wet & cold most evenings, so we couldn’t enjoy it at all! The cabin itself was comfortable, spacious and efficient. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Cruised on Oasis from Port Canaveral to Eastern Caribbean 7 day. Nassau, Saint Thomas, Saint Maarten. Check in was delayed by one hour for extra cleaning do to some passengers getting sick on the prior trip. I want a clean ship so ... Read More
Cruised on Oasis from Port Canaveral to Eastern Caribbean 7 day. Nassau, Saint Thomas, Saint Maarten. Check in was delayed by one hour for extra cleaning do to some passengers getting sick on the prior trip. I want a clean ship so that was fine. That delay made things a little chaotic in the terminal since everyone that showed up early was not able to board and backed things up for a little while. Still only took a little over an hour to get on the ship. We arrived at the terminal at 11am. Stayed in a standard ocean view balcony stateroom, 12th floor forward, port side. The room was comfortable with adequate room for two. Overall the ship was in good condition, All the staff was very friendly and ready to help. Dining rooms nice and food excellent. Buffet was also good with so many options it was hard to decide what to get. There are too many things to do on this ship to list This ship is huge. However, I think the size makes it seem less crowded than some of the smaller ships. My only complaint is that the smoking areas were right in the middle of all the activities. You could not walk on the main pool and open deck, port side, without walking through the smoking areas. Depending on the wind direction, the smell would travel to all nearby areas. Not Good! Didn't really detract from my trip but be warned that this is the case. My favorite port of call was St. Maarten for sure. Easy to get Taxi/Water taxi. St Thomas taxi area was a joke. I would definitely cruise on this ship again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
My wife and I had one of the best vacations to date on this ship. Just as a reference, my wife and I are in our late 20's, early 30s with this being our 5th cruise together and 3rd with RC. We decided to take a vacation and leave the ... Read More
My wife and I had one of the best vacations to date on this ship. Just as a reference, my wife and I are in our late 20's, early 30s with this being our 5th cruise together and 3rd with RC. We decided to take a vacation and leave the little one home and below are what I think was great, good and needed some help with the ship. GREAT Let's start real positive, the ship rarely feels crowded. I never felt like I was waiting in long lines or trying to navigate through people. Occasionally at peak times in the promenade you might have to weave your way through some people but overall there is so much to do everyone is spread out. The Solarium is great if you want a nice place to relax. Two levels and it has a good number of chairs so you don't have to get out there at 8 in the morning to make sure you get a seat. I believe there were solar reflected windows on that side of the ship as well so you could sit in the sun and not get burnt. Only gripe I have is the pool is small but that means there are room for more chairs. It's a trade off. There is also a small area for food there were they have healthy options. Great spot to grab a little bite to each if you'd like. The food was spectacular. I will also add the the service in the main dinning room was awesome. Our server "Vini" just kept coming to our table with new food to try even if we didn't order it. They had our drinks down by the 3rd day and were always looking out for us. Two quick stories. We had a show that we wanted to see and only had an hour for dinner. We told "Vini" and he rushed everything out to us and we even had time to spare. Second was I had a fork that had some food crusted on the back. No problem, just asked for a new fork. It was less then 10 seconds I had a new fork and someone came over apologizing way more then they need to over a dirty fork. Overall loved dinner and looked forward to it almost every night. Not something I could say about earlier cruises. Getting on the ship was a delight. We got there around 12:30 so I thought we were probably going to be sitting in lines for a least an hour. I looked at my watch and it took less then 30 minutes total before we were on the ship. Was absolutely incredible how fast they were and how many people they had working there. Also note that we are only gold members and so it wasn't like we got to just skip all the lines because of status. The area known as Central Park is breathtaking. On deck 8 in the middle of the ship are real life plants and it feels like you are walking into a real park. At night they often had live classical music playing under the stars, I often forgot I was on a boat. GOOD The shows were good, I might even put in great if we didn't watch Cats. Nothing wrong with the production or anything, it was just odd. Also a lot of people must have thought so because half the people left at intermission as did we. Only way I know is because we got asked if we had seen it yet by multiple people and we all thought the same thing, they just stayed for the rest of the show. Other then that though "Come Fly with Me" was great. Pro tip, sit someone were you can see everything and not under the balcony. They use every bit of the stage and above it as well. Also the Rookie we have seen before but loved it again. The absolute must watch though is the diving show they put on. I was thinking how good can this be? It's absolutely incredible and had me on the edge of my seat. The room was very nice. My wife and I usually go with a balcony but wanted to save a little money and went with an Ocean View room and got a great deal on it. Same layout as a balcony, just without the balcony. We had natural light which was nice and same floor as the my time dinning is a nice perk. Plenty of storage and maybe I'm imagining it but the shower felt just a little bigger then other Royal ships. THINGS TO WORK ON I wouldn't call these bad, lets just say things they should look into improving. The secondary show times we all over the place. They have the main show and then they have smaller shows like battle of the sexes, or finish that lyric, shows like that. They are fun and it's unscripted so anything can happen. Typically you will get done with the main show for the night and then shortly after you have these shows, that way you don't have to wait around for awhile. These were hours after or right as the main shows were going so we didn't make it to them. When we did the host of the events were less then spectacular. And the rooms they put them in didn't always make sense. Either there were a ton of empty seats or everyone was shoulder to shoulder and couldn't see anything because so many people wanted to go. I understand they can't always predict it, but I've been to enough of these types of shows to know that system wasn't going to work. Bar Service needs a little help as well. There would be multiple places were you would go up to the bar and you would have 8-12 people around it and one bartender. There were times you would wait 5-10 minutes for your drink. I'm on vacation with no where to go so not that end of the world but I felt bad for the bartender. Internet prices. I understand this is probably a decent money maker for them but it's 2019. Paying for internet and wifi is odd, charging as much as they do, come on. At least have the option for minutes so that I can say hi to my family back home make sure everything is alright a couple times a week. Instead they make you pay $20 or more a day for internet on the ship. We didn't do it but I would have certainly paid $25 for 100 minutes of internet. 10-15 minutes a day checking up on things is all I need and I think they probably would make just as much if not more because who wouldn't do that? OVERALL This is one of the largest ships in the world and it feels and looks great. I know they are planning on doing a few updates to it soon but honestly my wife and I had a great, relaxing time and any updates that they do will just make this ship sparkle. If you are looking for things to complain about I'm sure you can find them, but why? You are on vacation! Enjoy everything around you! Don't be afraid to try out the mega ship if you haven't already. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
After being on a dismal Carnival cruise we wanted to redeem our cruising experience and go all out. The Oasis of the Seas did not disappoint. We booked through cruisedirect to get some additional OBC and dinner voucher. The embarkation ... Read More
After being on a dismal Carnival cruise we wanted to redeem our cruising experience and go all out. The Oasis of the Seas did not disappoint. We booked through cruisedirect to get some additional OBC and dinner voucher. The embarkation process was a little slow, but the disembarkation was very slow, not sure if either was RCCL fault. The cruise was Western Caribbean and we really enjoyed all the ports. Our least favorite was Cozumel and that might just be because of the age of our kids. We had my family time dining, which started at 5:30 pm. They say the kids are supposed to be all fed and ready for a kid's club pick-up, but they rarely got all their food before 7 pm. I much preferred the Windjammer over the Main Dining for all meals. The WJ was always busy, but never took long to find a place to seat and had much more variety and you didn't have to wait around forever. The 2 Dreamworks parades were a lot of fun. We skipped Cats, but saw all the other main shows with our kids and thought they were all really well done. I tried out the Flowrider and lost a contact out of my eye. Be sure to back backups, something I didn't do. I was able to buy some more contacts in Cozumel at Optica Caribe. We did pretty much every single activity they had, including mini golf, rock climbing, massage, and ice skating. We did not do their zipline, it seemed very short and uninteresting. All the staff and fellow passengers were all super nice and I'd highly recommend the experience. No fault to RCCL, but our whole family ended up getting the flu on the second half of the cruise. When considering a cruise vacation there must be a higher chance of getting sick due to the sheer number of people around you. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We have wanted to cruise on one of the Oasis class ships far some time and thankfully final did. What a great ship. Yes there are 6000 guests on board however with only one exception, we didn't experience any long lines. The exception ... Read More
We have wanted to cruise on one of the Oasis class ships far some time and thankfully final did. What a great ship. Yes there are 6000 guests on board however with only one exception, we didn't experience any long lines. The exception of course was the windjammer buffet. They hold you up at the entrance so they can locate a seat for you which is a good idea. Other wise there would be tons of people bumping into one another trying to find a seat. Just too many people and totally unnecessary. We instead ate breakfast at the Central Park Cafe'. No lines quiet, enjoyable and the food was good. If you want to go to a buffet and load your plate to the ceiling with food you probably wont eat cause it's free, the Park cafe might not be for you. There is no charge, however there aren't 10,000 items to choose from. Specialty dining was simply awesome. I would highly recommend it. Main dining room was OK but we preferred the specialty restaurants. We found the solarium cafe' to be in between the main dining room and specialty restaurants as far as food quality. You will need to make reservations in advance but it is also free. Loved the shows. By the way, RESERVE YOUR SEATS FOR THE SHOWS prior to sailing. Drink prices have gone way up sense we last cruised on Royal three years ago. The drink package might be for you if you plan on drinking five or more drinks per day. Keep your eyes open prior to sailing for deals on the drink package. Day 5 they offered several drink deals. We took advantage of the 10 drinks for $79 card. After gratuity it was close to $100. You save around $35 bucks depending on what you are drinking. Only thing I don't like about RCCL is the day strip on the floor in the elevators. I don't want to be reminded every time I get in the elevator what day it is and how little time we have left. LOL Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Diving show was amazing. Olympians top notch. Shows were incredible. Food... excellent. Of course took advantage of many food options and gained weight. Lol. Beautiful ship. So much to do. Beds were comfortable. Clean and tidy. Staff ... Read More
Diving show was amazing. Olympians top notch. Shows were incredible. Food... excellent. Of course took advantage of many food options and gained weight. Lol. Beautiful ship. So much to do. Beds were comfortable. Clean and tidy. Staff aimed to please. I would recommend this ship to anyone. I’ll bring children next time. They are catered to. Ports of call were fun. Water aqua and clear. Pools were fun and clean. Mixed drinks amazing. Relaxing and refreshing. Loved it. Ready to go again. Central Park was full of trees and flowers and It was extraordinary. Boardwalk was impressive and great food. Promenade had great shopping and I spent too much but saving up to go again. Johnny rockets Had the best burgers and milkshakes ever. The aqua spa had smoothies to die for. You can choose any veggies and fruits and they’ll make fresh juice. Wow. I loved it. Planning my Next cruise now. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Even though almost 500 people came down with the Norovirus on our sailing, we had a wonderful time. It’s unfortunate that it happened. I feel for those that were sick and hopefully they recover quickly. The staff was amazing and worked ... Read More
Even though almost 500 people came down with the Norovirus on our sailing, we had a wonderful time. It’s unfortunate that it happened. I feel for those that were sick and hopefully they recover quickly. The staff was amazing and worked around the clock cleaning and disinfecting constantly. We were disappointed that we were not able to get off the boat in Falmouth Jamaica but it was the righ decision. They also made the right decision to turn around and go back to Port Canaveral. Royal gave every passenger a full refund on their cruise and a refund on gratuities and drink packages for the Saturday. Despite everything we were able to eat wonderful food, had awesome entertainment for free. Once they announced their were sick passengers, we avoided elevators, touching railings etc and the windjammer café and we’re constantly washing and disinfecting our hands. We will continue to cruise and be vigilant in washing our hands. We would not hesitate going on another cruise with Royal Caribbean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Friends had told us how much they liked the Oasis so we decided to book the cruise. We were very pleasantly surprised by the friendly crew, great selection of dining options and the variety and quality of the entertainment. The overall ... Read More
Friends had told us how much they liked the Oasis so we decided to book the cruise. We were very pleasantly surprised by the friendly crew, great selection of dining options and the variety and quality of the entertainment. The overall atmosphere of the ship was beyond our expectations. Even though the ship was at max capacity it really didn’t feel crowded. Our dining experience in the main dining room was stellar. Since they were serving over 6000 meals we had lowered our expectation but were pleased to be wrong. The Oasis of Dreams show was amazing. Particularly considering the ship was moving. We really enjoyed the variety and skill of the performance. We have never had an easier disembarkation and trip through the customs. We will definitely cruise on the Oasis again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This is the 3rd Christmas cruise in a row on the Oasis, and although there has been thorough enjoyment on all. However, this one was over the top, the best. Can't put my finger on what made this year different, except that it was - ... Read More
This is the 3rd Christmas cruise in a row on the Oasis, and although there has been thorough enjoyment on all. However, this one was over the top, the best. Can't put my finger on what made this year different, except that it was - from check in to departure. We embarked the ship with no waiting - went to our cabin and our luggage was already there! RCCL went out of their way to make sure passengers enjoyed their experience. It was a happy ship. The cruise director was experienced and knew what he was about. Handled himself in a most professional manner. He hosted a "chat" with Capt. Petersen which was most enjoyable. The Capt. was relaxed with the group and easy to talk with. There was excellent interaction and rapport with him for a good hour. Coastal Kitchen was remarkable. The menu was varied and the items served were cooked perfectly. Labadee has been upgraded, not that it wasn't very nice before, but it is amazing what they have done with the recreational facilities and the design. Lot of enjoyment just walking around looking at everything. RCCL has put a lot of time, money and energy into making the area very pleasant. Note that the shore excursions were rated excellent because there is no place for a non-applicable choice. The ice skating production is so well done we saw it twice. Aquatics theater - the performance of the swimmers - breath taking. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I really enjoy this ship...here are a few reasons why.... 1. My favorite meal/dish on the ship was Giovani's. Loved the steak and Risotto. Also loved Chops. For non specialty restaurants, I enjoyed the Main dining room for dinner ... Read More
I really enjoy this ship...here are a few reasons why.... 1. My favorite meal/dish on the ship was Giovani's. Loved the steak and Risotto. Also loved Chops. For non specialty restaurants, I enjoyed the Main dining room for dinner and Park Cafe for lunch. Was not a fan of breakfast at any of the places. 2. I I loved Laberdee. It was beautiful and I enjoyed the beach and zip line. 3. My favorite place to hang out while on board was the pool deck especially the solarium. But... I also loved my balcony. 4 As for the shows, (Cats, Frozen, Headliner, Come Fly with Me, Ocean of Dreams) I saw all but the ice one. Favorite was Come Fly with Me. I enjoyed Cats and the others too. Cats, is not for everyone. Many people are confused about the story and the music is set in a minor key. If you love broadway you will enjoy it. If broadway shows are not your thing....I would skip it. 5. We took part in may of the other activities (trivia games, Love and Marriage, Quest.....) We love games and those types of activities so we did many of them. We won a trivia game and the Perfect Couple game. Had a blast at quest and the others too. If you are easily offended I would skip Quest and the adult comedy shows. 6. The best non-clothing item we packed was tiny battery operated tea lights that were great night lights in the bathroom. 11. My biggest pet peeve, challenge or issue encountered while on the cruise was rude people or those who do not have manners like talking during shows or rushing the elevators. Don't be that person. Also don't be that person who eats off their plate in the Windjammer while still getting food. It is gross and you are spreading germs each time you touch your food to your mouth and then grab a serving utensil. If you are THAT hungry, sit down and eat and then get a FRESH plate and get more food. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
The ship was fantastic. Lots of activities. Beautifully decorated for Christmas. The service was the best I've ever had. I think it was because I had reached Diamond status & the staff treated me like royalty! I was constantly ... Read More
The ship was fantastic. Lots of activities. Beautifully decorated for Christmas. The service was the best I've ever had. I think it was because I had reached Diamond status & the staff treated me like royalty! I was constantly getting champagne, wine, or sweets in my cabin. We had My Time Dining & we kept the same waiters. They were outstanding--spoiled us to death! The only bad thing was our room. We were doing a back to back & the room for our 1st week for your typical inside cabin. Small but certainly manageable for 2 widowed ladies. That room was 11677. The room for this week of our cruise was room 14327 & it was totally unacceptable! The bathroom had a small, very shallow sink that I couldn't even begin to wash my bathing suit in. There were no glass holders, no clothes line in the shower--just 2 hooks. The place that was supposed to be a place for your soap & shampoo to be was not a solid surface so everything placed there would fall through! The closet was a little larger than our 1st room but was only a foot from the bed. We couldn't get to it unless we slid the bed toward the other bed! Even then we couldn't bend down to get to the shoes so I just piled my shoes on the other side of the room in front of the long couch! Why such a super long couch & no room to get in the closet? Horrible room! The entertainment was great! Very enjoyable Headliner Shows. I really liked Cats. It's not a 3 hour show that so many people have said. It was 2 hours & 25 min. I saw it twice. One of the comedians, Nery Saenz was very funny in the Comedy Club & also in the auditorium, but the other one was not. Frozen in Time was very good & so was the Aqua show. Lots of good entertainment. Pools & hot tubs very good. The food in Haiti was not the best. All of the meat was dry. Good entertainment while we were eating there. Typical ports--we didn't do any shore excursions. The Dining Room had good food for the most part. Ate at Chops one night & it was outstanding. Embarkation was very bad. The passengers that had already checked in had to sit on the floor or chairs because they couldn't board the ship yet. We were getting ready to check in but were not allowed to since no one could board & had to stand there for a good 40 minutes. We were told that the Coast Guard had sent only 3 people instead the usual 18 required to clear the ship. All in all it was a good cruise on a great ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
This is my 3rd cruise with RCCL and my 6th overall. This was by far the best one. I was worried about being on such a big ship with 6000 passengers as I have only been on smaller ships before. It was never a issue. There is always ... Read More
This is my 3rd cruise with RCCL and my 6th overall. This was by far the best one. I was worried about being on such a big ship with 6000 passengers as I have only been on smaller ships before. It was never a issue. There is always something to do and we were never bored. I had read the reviews about the ship being old and showing its age, Not true. It was not brand new but was well maintained and clean. The staff were all professional and we never had a issue. We stayed in a junior suite and it was much more comfortable then we were used to. Only issue we had was we were not able to have dinner in the Coastal Kitchen that suite guest could use. By the time we tried to get in it was already reserved for the cruise. Not a big deal the main dinning room was great. The entertainment on the ship was top rate. Cats was excellent and the diving show is something not to miss. I read lots of negative reviews of this ship and I don't see what people are complaining about. I work in a service industry and know hard it is to please some people and RCCL are great. No matter what you do some people will not be happy. I recommend this cruise for everyone. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We decided to do a neighborhood cruise from The Villages, FL. on the beautiful Oasis taking the Eastern Caribbean itinerary. This was our 4th cruise on the Oasis and it was good to be back on her. Final call had a total of 49 ... Read More
We decided to do a neighborhood cruise from The Villages, FL. on the beautiful Oasis taking the Eastern Caribbean itinerary. This was our 4th cruise on the Oasis and it was good to be back on her. Final call had a total of 49 cruiser's heading out for 7 days of fun and over indulgence with the many food choices available. The Oasis class ship is our ship of choice with the many venues available any day of the week. Because we had been to all the usual ports many times we chose to stay on board during Port days and enjoyed the solitude available in all the hot tubs and pools and also the non busy eating places that were open. Entertainment was provided by cutthroat games of Sequence to burn up the calories. Embarkation was a nightmare as customs didn't clear the ship for boarding until almost noon thereby guarantying huge winding lines where you visited your neighbor many times over as we weaved our way thru. But finally they cleared the ship for boarding and we were ready for our adventure. We had a basic ocean view balcony that sufficed for the occasion but after being spoiled in suites a few times lately it's never the same. But we were on a cruise so we sucked it up and enjoyed what we had. We ate in the Main Dining room table # 836 @ 5:30 every night and we have never had better service in 20+ cruises with Tejas and Ming Ming bending over backwards to accomodate our every need The basic shows that we've also seen many times were good but "Come Fly With Me" needs to be replaced as it's served it's useful purpose. Aqua Theatre and ice skating show are always entertaining. Sadly the departure date arrived and once again our vaunted Customs Agents delayed everything as in the beginning they had 2 agents to serve 6,000 passengers. It's a shame that in some peoples eyes they blame RCCL for these messes with embark/disembark problems which were not of any of their doing. On the bus ride home our group of 49 all agreed it was a wonderful cruise and everyone had a grand time. You can't ask for a better rating than that. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We were extremely disappointed. 10 of us sailed for the 1st time on RC. Although I have been on carnival twice n it is a party ship, RC was a huge disappointment. The food was not good in the dining room n Simone was not pleasant at all it ... Read More
We were extremely disappointed. 10 of us sailed for the 1st time on RC. Although I have been on carnival twice n it is a party ship, RC was a huge disappointment. The food was not good in the dining room n Simone was not pleasant at all it was like we were rushed. We were not treated like royality on Oasis always had to go to the bar for drinks. The cruise director was not involved with activities as much as carnival. No deck activities at all. Overall the staff was not friendly at all. The amount of money we paid for this fruise it was a huge disappointment. Couldnt even see all the shows becuz they were all booked. Rooms were not clean. Carpet by the closet was filthy, sheets werent changed all week. Also paid the have an outfit dry cleaned n pressed n it was not cleaned only pressed. Up graded our sons soda card to deluxe for non alcoholic drinks which was 214.00 n went down 2nd day to change it back to soda card becuz he didnt use it n they wld only refund 2 days. I certainly wld not sail RC again becuz of the staff, activities, food n not being able to see all the shows for money we paid for the cruise! Also had s black out on the ship that lasted 1/2 hr. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose RC because we read that it was the best cruise line for handicapped people. It did not disappoint! The service was second to none, especially in the dining room. I loved the Solarium and the fact that no kids were in there. ... Read More
We chose RC because we read that it was the best cruise line for handicapped people. It did not disappoint! The service was second to none, especially in the dining room. I loved the Solarium and the fact that no kids were in there. (I'm a teacher of young children & was recharging!). I was disappointed in the size of the Solarium pool though...it was like a big hot tub. I was also a bit disappointed in the variety of excursions. There were several I could have done in St. Thomas, but the choices for the other two ports were not as plentiful. We loved the Fast Cat snorkeling trip but we were packed in like sardines. It would be better to put a cap on the number going....not only for the boat but for snorkeling. I was kicked in the head more than once because we were all jammed in a small space. (There were 4 or 5 other catamarans in the same area, so it was not only crowded, there were just a few sea turtles and one sting ray.). I loved all of my time on the ship and would have booked it for next year but there were no handicapped balcony rooms left. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I will start by saying I am a harsh critic, and while there were some issues, overall, I had a fantastic time and Royal Caribbean deserves all of the credit for it!! I went on a girl's vacation with my mom and sister (mom in 60s, ... Read More
I will start by saying I am a harsh critic, and while there were some issues, overall, I had a fantastic time and Royal Caribbean deserves all of the credit for it!! I went on a girl's vacation with my mom and sister (mom in 60s, sister and I in late 20s/early 30s respectively). This was the first time my sister and I had been on a cruise and I must say we are now addicted!! We spent 2 days at Disney before the cruise, but the transportation (Mears Transportation) from Disney to Port Canaveral was great! Wonderful and knowledgeable driver and knew exactly where to go at port. Embarkation only complaint is that we did not realize that we could bypass the big line due to being in a suite. Once we got to the building, we bypassed the rest of the line and went straight through security. Check-in and all was a breeze from there! The ship was spectacular! Huge. Beautiful. Clean. I really liked that they all but forced sanitizer to everyone as you boarded and there were sanitizer stations everywhere, especially at every dining facility. At the Windjammer (the main buffet dining), they sanitized everyone upon entering! Definitely helps to keep the sickness off ship. We explored the ship (some) before going to our room. We had a grand suite which had a King bed (or pull apart to 2 twins?) and a pull out couch. I slept on the couch and slept fine and I have back problems. We had a beautiful 'kitchenette" (it was an island with a mini fridge, a long closet that held all 3 of our clothes, a mirror on each of the closet doors, and about 6 drawers for storage). Our bathroom had a double sink and a bathtub!! After walking around port all day, soaking in that bathtub was amazing!! Our concierge was very nice and informative - we left him a good (cash) tip! We had what was a double balcony I think. It had 2 nice lounge chairs and a table with 2 chairs. We ate breakfast out there on port days. Only complaint about the room is that our safe battery died so it quite working with our passports etc in there, luckily it was a cruising day and when we called about it someone came down within 10 minutes to fix it! Food was AMAZING and I am Gluten Free and always found food to eat. Windjammer was great. Main dining room food was great. A few of our waiters did seem a bit overworked and busy. We were on board over Thanksgiving and had a full ship, so maybe that had something to do with it. Otherwise, it was a good experience. Pizza place was open until 2 or 3am which was great! And when I told them I was gluten free, they made me a whole pizza in about 10-15 minutes!! It was included in the price for the room so I did not have to pay anything extra! Most of the time, the drinks at the pool could have been a little bit stronger, but i did find a few bartenders who made theirs stronger ;) We saw the broadway Cats, which was, a little boring (I really wanted to see it because I love musicals, but was dissapointed a little - but it is an old classic broadway play so that is what you get). Disappointment was due to the plot. The actors were entertaining and wonderful! Come Fly With Me was fantastic! Oh, and the ice show--they did such an amazing job especially considering that they are on a small ice rink and the ship was really rocking that night Ice skating is a very precisional sport, so they were definitely talented to do that while the ship was rocking. Comedy was awesome (I got called out by the headliner, lol). Be aware, I was at the adult show, and when they say adult, they mean adult, but we loved it! My sister really found a new hobby of art collecting while on board through attending the art auctions! Ports of call: Nassau, Bahamas we did the Sea and See Island tour. The sea part was great as we took a boat tour of the bay (the guides were hilarious and pointed out celebrity homes). Then we switched to another boat out in the water that was like a glass submarine underneath. We got to see a lot of different colored fish, sea grass, etc, and we even got to see a sea turtle! The See part was a van ride up to the Queen's staircase and the Fort. We only had 20 minutes and spent some of that time using the facilities. Staircase was great to see but didn't get enough time to go down and back up. Port of call: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - We went on the 5 Star Island Tour. We went on a trolley like truck on a scenic view up the mountain to Mountain Top. They have the world famous banana daiquiris. If you love bananas, get one, just trust me! We went out on the balcony and saw a panoramic view of St. Thomas - Gorgeous!! We could see the world famous Magen's Bay beach. Then we drove down to Magen's Bay beach and spend 2 hours there. I am not a water person, but i got in the water there up to my neck and could still see my feet!! White sand beaches, though it was packed that day as there were 3 or 4 cruise ships in port that day. After that, we went into town and did some shopping! Port of Call: Phillipsburg, St. Maarten. What can I say about this place, but I fell in love with it! I want to fly down there and spend a week! The people were incredibly friendly and the place was beautiful and not rundown like St. Thomas was some. Trust me, St. Maarten was worth it! We did the Amazing Race excursion which I highly recommend if you are even just a little competitive. We had some issues communicating between the 3 of us, or it would have been even better. But we really enjoyed it. Keep in mind, you are running at times around town but they do force everyone to take a water break at midpoint which was nice. Overall, I truly enjoyed Oasis of the Seas. It was clean, though you could tell some of it needed some refurbishment, but it is set to go into dry dock just for that in 2019. I would love to go on it again after it is refurbished to see how it could possibly get any better! I am seriously planning my next Royal Caribbean cruise already and I have only been home a month! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
First time on the Oasis of the Seas and loved every moment of it !! I will not repeat what has been said before about many things in other reviews, but only give you the absolute highlights for us. Central Park is so peaceful and ... Read More
First time on the Oasis of the Seas and loved every moment of it !! I will not repeat what has been said before about many things in other reviews, but only give you the absolute highlights for us. Central Park is so peaceful and beautiful with violin and piano music at night. There are so many choices of venues for breakfast and lunch, that we never felt crowded, but you need to do your homework beforehand or you may miss them. Now at the moment, the Solarium Restaurant up on deck 15 is now complimentary dining for breakfast, lunch, AND Dinner. Dinner is unique in that the appetizers and deserts are buffet style, while the main entrée is cooked to order. Warning -the choices do not change nightly, but with grilled shrimp, chicken kabob and an absolutely tender and delicious New York Strip, you will not be disappointed. And the setting is peaceful. Another sometimes forgotten gem is the Wipeout Café for breakfast. Yes, it is small, but uncrowded with fresh cooked to order omelets. Don’t forget to visit Park Café, especially if you love steamship round of beef sandwiches..well there are just so many places to get free food! We love to dance and on Oasis there are also many dance venues beginning with DAZZLES the beautiful bi-level venue with live band nightly playing music from the 50’s to present. Boleros, the Blaze, the Solarium on some nights (last two with DJs). Have never seen so many people dancing as on this ship. BUT all venues the music was too loud, even with earplugs, which I highly recommend. IF it is listed and you like Dixieland, don’t miss the Oasis orchestra on the Boardwalk with their Dixeland concert. Do plan ahead and book your shows in advance, you do not want to miss any of them, especially Come Fly With Me - so exciting, unique and entertaining. I know CATS is not everyone’s cup of tea, but the talent was superb. The Aqua show and ice show did not disappoint BUT be ready for possible disappointment as rough seas can nix the performances. Another plus for me was that you could actually find places where there was no music during the morning or afternoon. I love music, but I don’t need it constantly. We found all the staff friendly with a fun Activity staff….especially if you have a smile on your face, everybody else seem to brighten up. My wife and I love cruising when we can and walk on with a smile and 99% of the time walk off with a smile. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Hey all! I am Channing, and I travelled with my boyfriend Shawn. Both early to mid 30s, from California. We have cruised Carnival twice and Princess once, so this was our first time on Royal. We originally booked a south pacific cruise ... Read More
Hey all! I am Channing, and I travelled with my boyfriend Shawn. Both early to mid 30s, from California. We have cruised Carnival twice and Princess once, so this was our first time on Royal. We originally booked a south pacific cruise out of Sydney but unfortunately, couldn't make it happen, so we opted for this cruise that looked really fun, and was easier on the budget. Shawn's mom lives near Orlando, so we were able to spend a few days with her pre-cruise. We spent most of our time lounging by the pool of her complex, and spent a day at a waterpark in Daytona! We also spent one afternoon picking up any last minute items we needed for the cruise (we are VERY light packers, especially when flying!). Sunday morning she was nice enough to drive us down to Port Canaveral and see us off. We arrived at the port about 1130, and we waited about 15 minutes for the security lines to open up for us "peasants", as Shawn would say. Once it opened up it went very quickly and the entire process was a piece of cake! We were on board, first drink in hand by 1230! Thoughts on the Ship: I loved it! I really appreciated the different neighborhoods and how they made the ship feel less crowded. We rarely waited for anything (but, we go out of our way to avoid the busy areas when they're the most popular). Shawn felt like it was too much like a city, but that's kind of what i liked about it. Stateroom: 4D Oceanview Balcony, room 9662. Midship Starboard. Great room! Very clean, bed was on the closet side. So quiet! We did hear the occasional chair shuffle from nearby balconies, but that was only if we were also outside. Shower is very small, but the glass doors are a nice touch, as opposed to those darn human-attacking curtains on Carnival! Our stateroom attendant was pleasant and worked very hard. We saw her every day. Dining: We thought the food was good throughout, with a couple of standout meals at Chops, Izumi and Giovannis. Buffet was just that...buffet food. Not overly hot or cold, but everything we ate had a good flavor and ok quality. We thought the dining room was good, but I felt it declined slightly as the week went on. Our first meal (really great) there was much better than our last, but not bad by any means. Service was always excellent. We opted for My Time Dining, and while we never waited for dinner, when we were getting seated it always seemed very clustered and overwhelming, People coming in, leaving, carts or trays of food and plates being carried in and out...just very hectic. But that was only close to the door, once we got inside and seated it was much more relaxing. Service was also pretty quick, dinner never took over an hour and a half, and even that was a longer dinner than most. I should note that we tend to be scarfers.. .many times the waiter would come back and be amazed we had finished so fast (which I didn't really think was THAT fast, but maybe it was?) We got a 3 night dining package as well. To make the most of specialty dining, Shawn and I usually share 3 or 4 appetizers and get and entrée each, and sometimes one to share. Giovannis was great. Awesome, quaint atmosphere. Food was spectacular, and portions were big. Izumi was really great as well. We only went for the sushi, as we have done teppanyaki a bunch at home (super fun if you've never been, and more food than you can imagine). We got the sashimi platter and it was the biggest cuts of fish I have ever seen in a restaurant. The nigiri pieces and rolls were normal sized and everything tasted amazing. We ordered sake as well, and it had an interesting flavor that we just tolerated. The sake was also brownish, so Shawn thinks the added flavor may have been nutmeg or something similar. Overall a great meal. Chops was our absolute favorite! My filet was so tender and juicy. Shawn got the rack of lamb. The menu stated it came with a mint sauce, but he couldn't taste any mint, but still enjoyed it very much. He also said they had the best key lime pie he's ever had. whaaa???!!! Activities: Lots of fun stuff to do at almost all times of day. Get to trivia earlyyyy!! We ended up standing for quite a few, and we got there 10-15 minutes before the game. All the game shows and silly contests were a blast, very entertaining. The flowrider is super cool, but harder than it looks! The casino is always one of our favorite spots, but we really need to remember that we only win on night one! The ice show was spectacular...i was not expecting a lot of the tricks and spins that the performers were able to do, amazing. CATS was also really great! Shawn is a theater major, and has seen Cats a few other times, but as a first timer, i really enjoyed it. The performers were flawless. I will say it's a little hard to follow at first, but stick it out, because it only gets better as the show goes on. Must see! Service: All the members of our waitstaff (in every venue) were so attentive and took a lot of care in our meal. Our room attendant was great, and really everyone we came accross during our week was friendly and smiling. We never waited more than a couple minutes for a drink at any bar, and we did see a lot of servers around the casino (and a few by the pool but not many for the area). Our ports were Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico. We have done cruise ship excursions before (only a couple), and we really prefer to do things on our own or book seperately from the ship. In Labadee, of course, this is impossible, so we just went off ship to check out the port, get a trinket (or 7... the marketplace was not fun. VERY pushy salesman that will not take no for an answer), and dip our toes in the caribbean for the first time this trip. We didnt even eat in port because it was a buffet and the line was...roughly 6000 people long. We will not seek out to stop here again, as we enjoy seeing some local culture in our ports, and this was just the cruise ship on land. Jamaica was awesome! We took a small shuttle van to Montego for $20 each round trip. It took us to a nice little resort area with a ton of beach, a pumpin' bar vibe, and it was on this main drag of REAL jamaica, where we were able to get some authentc jerk chicken. YES! We have been dreaming of that lunch since we left, and we tried to duplicate it for dinner last night, but it wasnt even close. Jamaicans were incredibly friendly and helpful, and while Shawn got asked to try/take/buy pot about 7 times throughout the day, it wasnt a big deal because when we say no thanks, they just say "no problem, mon" and it's all good! Cozumel was so beautiful. Shawn had low expectations (we've been to Mexico a few times before, so he wasnt super excited for ANOTHER stop there), but Cozumel was really great. We had arranged for a glass bottom boat snorkel tour through trip advisor for only $30 each (the same tour through Royal was $90 per person, but im sure that included lunch as well). We walked to a hotel just outside the port area and met a lady outside with the company's logo - SafeTours Cozumel. She greeted us (by name!), and then told us we could go and enjoy the hotel amenities by the beach or pool until our excursion started. After about 20 minutes she gathers us and TWO other people to take us to the dock. That's right...4 people on this excursion...seriously! The crew on the boat were excellent. Fun, funny, helpful, knowledgeable, and it was obvious they cared about their job and what they do. They're called SafeTours because they take extra precautions to protect and rehabilitate the reefs in the area...so cool. The crew was able to dive much deeper than we could, and got lots of really up close pictures that they promised to send us via email. They also handed out beers, soda, waters as needed, and even made me a makeshift margarita. Highly reccomend these guys! After our snorkeling adventure, we set out to find a real Mexican lunch. We ventured downt the street a little further, and ran into Ernesto's Fajitas. We, sillily, asked our server what he would recommend here, and he quickly pointed to the entire page of fajitas. Ok then! A mexican lunch wouldnt be complete without a shot of tequila to seal the deal. Lunch was delicious and our table was in the open air restaurant that overlooked the bay. Overall, we really enjoyed this Royal ship, and while we did A LOT on board, we still didnt get to do it all. We will most likely book with Royal again, but possibly on a smaller ship. Super fun, jam packed with adventure! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Chose this cruise to experience the Oasis class ship. We have tried the Voyager class before and wanted to see what the differences were. The cruise it self was fantastic. We did have some issues with weather, but that is expected in ... Read More
Chose this cruise to experience the Oasis class ship. We have tried the Voyager class before and wanted to see what the differences were. The cruise it self was fantastic. We did have some issues with weather, but that is expected in September in the Caribbean. This did impact a couple of the shows (Cats and the Aqua-theatre Comedy show). The only thing we would say is the ship itself was a bit too large for us. It took a while to get anywhere due to the size. That said, the dining was fantastic. Particularly Central Park 150. This was perfect for us, high end, great service and attentive waiters. Our room steward was great and kept our place clean and tidy. The entertainment options were great. Cats and the Aqua-Theatre are the standouts. However, we also had a great time a the comedy club and at the Jazz bar. The Jazz trio were particularly good. We would most likely go again with RCCL. However, maybe a smaller ship next time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
First time traveling on RCI as an adult and the experience was great as expected. Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship in very good condition with tons of activities and stuff to do. We were two couples in the mid 20's without ... Read More
First time traveling on RCI as an adult and the experience was great as expected. Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship in very good condition with tons of activities and stuff to do. 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. First day 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. Labadee 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. Falmouth 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. Cozumel 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. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I have heard many people talk about this ship so I thought I would give it a try. The agent I spoke with at RCCL gave me a good price, offered me a wine/cheese/fruit basket (which I never got) and some bad advice. Let me preface, I am ... Read More
I have heard many people talk about this ship so I thought I would give it a try. The agent I spoke with at RCCL gave me a good price, offered me a wine/cheese/fruit basket (which I never got) and some bad advice. Let me preface, I am extremely claustrophobic and her and I discussed this...that being said, the bathroom and location of bed in the balcony room was a nightmare for me. Stepping into the shower made me think of beam me up Scotty, it was that small, many complained when they bent over to shave their legs they knocked the door open, I didn't even try. I was too busy hyperventilating and need to get out quick. The shampoo is like water and there is no shower gel. The sink height looks like its for a grade school, it came just about to my lower thigh (and I'm only 5/7). Its extremely low and without any counter space, and I'm not kidding. The counter is approx 6 inches wide from the wall to the sink, thats it.The bedroom area in room had the bed up against the one closet that you can barely get into, no drawers, a few shelves. It is NOT near the sliding glass door and if you plan to watch tv in bed, forget it. The couch across from it is the only place you can really view it from. There is a 3 plug thing on the desk which is nice, and it has 2 drawers. It also has the dryer in there which for my hair was adequate. The ship is broke in to a few different area, the entertainment and shopping floor which is more like a floating mall, Central Park which is lovely and has a lot of pay restaurants, one cafe which is ok especially for specialty coffees. Also the Boardwalk which has a carousel, that was fun, the Aqua theatre, Johnny Rockets (pay), the Doghouse, decent hotdogs, and an icecream/cupcake place (pay) and a few other pay places.Its a cute area. The Windjammer buffet is ok at best, not thrilled with the food choices though I'm sure most people love hotdogs and hamburgers which they always have. The salad bar is lame, just a couple items on it. Desserts are decent. MDR is lovely, food choice not good if you don't eat meat or fish that you have no idea what they are. Staff and service are great though one morning for breakfast was a 35 minute wait for eggs. Cafe Promenade on Deck 5 is ok for a quick sandwich or Sorrento pizza, both open late.The Solarium Bistro was free when we were on the ship and was the best choice for food and waiting time. Cats production was excellent, as was their Headliner show, an Abba group, and their Come Fly with Me acrobats. We also enjoyed the comedians. Lots of pools, lots of people on electric scooters and lots of hot tubs that were pretty hot and no lack of seating. Overall a decent experience, the head waiter was a hoot, he took good care of us, we had a lot of laughs with the staff that are very friendly. The Casino has a non smoking side which was nice. Will I hurry back? no But it was a good experience and a huge ship that had 6500 people on it, and yes, it was crowded but lines weren't as long as you would think. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I chose this cruise as I wanted to experience a huge ship- and it did not disappoint me. While there were over 6000 passengers-the only time it felt like that was during boarding and disembarkment. Even then, the process was relatively ... Read More
I chose this cruise as I wanted to experience a huge ship- and it did not disappoint me. While there were over 6000 passengers-the only time it felt like that was during boarding and disembarkment. Even then, the process was relatively smooth for the number of people involved. The gem onboard was the Vintages Wine Bar! The sommelier staff was engaging, knowledgeable and a wonderful asset to the place! The wine list was impressive. And on the first day our group individually described to the sommelier our likes and preferences in wines and asked for a recommendations for each of us. All choices for our group of 6 were perfect! They held 4 wine tastings during the at sea times-French wines, Caymus wines, Italian wines, and a ‘special vintages’ tasting session. All 6 of us attended all of the tastings and were delighted and learned so much about wine and proper food pairings. Additionally, they held a Wine and Food pairing dinner that was a reasonable cost and I can’t say enough about how fabulous this was. It was a very limited number of people for the pairing dinner-and that made it all that much better! You had full attention of the sommelier staff as well as the the kitchen. They made adjustments to menus and assisted with selection of food to fit our individual tastes. It was truly an amazing experience. If you enjoy good food with wine-this is one location you can’t miss! Rohan and Josten are well versed in wine and food. Nemagna and Amaury were wonderful complements to this team! You won’t be disappointed. Next, the beach bungalows for up to 8 people are SO WORTH the cost of $250 for your group! Not only did it give you some distance from the crowds- but you had your own personal attendants to assist with drink procurement and information, and there was respite shade when the sun became too hot. Food in the Windjammer and dining rooms was good, but not great. I have had better on other RC ships. If you are interested in how the ship operates ‘behind the scenes’, the All Access Tour was made for you! All baked goods are prepared and cooked onboard, just the room to prep the meat alone is impressive. The laundry facilities are incredible and massive. And of course the tour of the bridge is the highlight. Your tour guides uses a special microphone to headsets for each person so that you never miss his/her information. Security is tight on board-and it just adds to the feeling of safety for all passengers. The ship itself is just so impressive. The working carousel, Boardwalk, Promenade and multiple theaters just add to the entertainment value of the ship. There are 2 Flow Riders, a short zip line, and lots of pools so that you never feel like your are crowded no matter where you are. Shows and entertainment are spectacular. The jogging track and fitness center are sure to please the active individual. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We were part of a group. The food was awful, but the service was great. I believe the cruise lines are trying to force people to pay for upgraded food. I miss the old days of cruising. I also miss the days where you paid tips to those ... Read More
We were part of a group. The food was awful, but the service was great. I believe the cruise lines are trying to force people to pay for upgraded food. I miss the old days of cruising. I also miss the days where you paid tips to those who deserve it. This overall tipping across the board is not fair and then at the end of the cruise you've got cruise line employees standing around looking for extra tips. We're not made of money! The ship was clean. Not sure about the entertainment. We missed the shows. However, we did see the Aqua show, which was awesome. RCCL needs to up their game with the food. Years ago, we only wanted to go on one cruise line and that was Royal Caribbean. Now, not so much. Chops Grille is far too expensive. We couldn't afford $45pp. The gift shop was pitiful. Not worth the visit. 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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