Sail Date: December 2012
On this cruise, we were a group of 16 people. Our staterooms were Junior Suites, Outside Staterooms with Balconies, a Disabled Junior Suite, and a Crown Loft Suite. The ship is simply beautiful. The cabins were all lovely. There is ... Read More
On this cruise, we were a group of 16 people. Our staterooms were Junior Suites, Outside Staterooms with Balconies, a Disabled Junior Suite, and a Crown Loft Suite. The ship is simply beautiful. The cabins were all lovely. There is a very large variety of different dining options. Large Group Travelling: Royal Caribbean's reservation system is quite simply a mess from a large group reservation perspective. We had 8 staterooms, and each one was treated as a completely separate reservation. Booking shore excursions, spa treatments, and restaurants was nearly impossible through the website. Contacting Royal Caribbean was no help. They told my travel agent that she was not to help us with those things, and that we were supposed to get more excited by booking them ourselves. Most restaurants are unable to accommodate large groups, so it was frequently necessary to break us up into multiple, small tables. If we needed to change a dining reservation, we had to specify exactly which of the 16 people was now not coming. Getting a dinner reservation at Giovanni's (the Italian restaurant) proved to be impossible, despite numerous tries. Dining Room Service: Overall very slow. I had one evening where it took over 20 minutes from the time I arrived in the dining room until I received the Soda I had ordered- 3 times, from 3 different waiters who came by the table. It was not unusual for a meal to last 2-2.5 hours- far longer than I would anticipate, given the number of courses involved. Also, many of the restaurants do not have kid menus, and NONE of them had a kid cup, instead putting the kids' drinks in glass glasses. We experienced multiple spills as the 5 year olds in the group tried to deal with the glasses. Service at time seemed "forced", and they were only stumping for high marks on the bingo cards, rather than focusing on actually providing the best service. Individual restaurants: Chef's table- A highlight of our trip. We had a great time. Our server, Insham, is fantastic. They bent over backwards to accommodate us. 150 Central Park- Lovely dinner. Multiple tables required here. Chops- Fantastic Steaks, and possibly the best dessert of the entire cruise. Solarium Bistro- Good meals, and some interesting low-calorie options. Multiple Tables Required Izumi- The Japanese restaurant. Great Sushi. Multiple Tables Required. Giovanni's table- We only got into this one for lunches. Good food. Generally ample portion sizes. Shrimp was fantastic, but tiny portion size (2 shrimp) Seafood shack- Good lunch choice. My husband ordered the fillet of sole, and they filleted it at the table, after it had been cooked. Quite the fascinating show! Stateroom service: Some of our stateroom stewards were absolutely fantastic. (Mine was one of the awesome ones) Others not so much. I don't know if it's a seniority issue, or luck of the draw, but it seemed that some of them were far more attentive than others. Loft Suite (My brother stayed in 1730): Nice Size. Beautiful Suite. Overlooks the zip line directly, and the back of the ship, so it is not a serene view. He had access to a concierge on the 11th floor, and was disappointed at the lack of service in general. Quite simply, it was just a very expensive stateroom, with little additional service. Spa: Manicure and Pedicure were a universal disappointment, and not worth the price paid. Facial was just "ok", compared to others I've received at other spas. The massages were universally wonderful. The finish level in the salon portion of the spa is a disappointment, especially compared to other ships. It was quite simply, bland- beige tiled floors, and beige walls. No view, no pretty pictures, no interesting details, and plastic carts holding the salon essentials. Fitness Center: Well stocked with machines, and well maintained. My tall husband appreciated that he was able to use the elliptical trainer without bumping his head (which has been a problem on other ships) Embarkation, and Departure: Were lacking. Fortunately, we did not encounter long lines, but it was quite the process to get checked in and took nearly an hour for me to get everyone checked in. In addition, I had given them a credit card for my brother's stateroom (and we had pre-entered it prior to the date), and they still asked him for a credit card. So, I had to go to customer service to fix it. Departure- experienced technical issues with the equipment, leading to long delays in getting off the ship. The entire procedure seemed to be very poorly organized, especially in light of our recent cruise on Disney. Recommendation: Royal Caribbean needs to work on all aspects. The porters were brusque, bordering on rude. The cops out front were a pain, and unfriendly. This contributed very negatively to my experience overall. Kids Clubs: My 5 year old was delighted. The other kids rated the kid clubs a B-, 5/10, and C+, respectively. They were, in a word, disappointed. They were not impressed with the kid clubs, and were quite disappointed with the engagement level of the counselors, the activities offered, and more. Also, my 11 year old observed that the counselors had poor control over the kids, and the age ranges that they specify are too wide (3 years per group, so 9, 10, and 11 year olds in one group, for instance). My 11 year old who will turn 12 in a couple of weeks did not appreciate being grouped in with the fourth graders, as she is in 6th grade, and "above" it. This surprised me given how "kid friendly" the ship is. Shore Excursions: Mixed reviews. Choose carefully. I felt poorly prepared for two of mine- too much time in the sun, and not enough warning that lunch would be extremely delayed. The first experience was the Jamaica Swamp tour - lots of great animals, but I felt captive towards the end of the tour. The kids were hot, thirsty, and there was no way to buy a drink. The Mayan Mystery tour was great, except that there were no snacks or lunch until 4:00 PM. We were starving. My father did the private tour by car in Cozumel with his caregiver, and their assessment was that it was a rip-off. My brother swam with the dolphins, the kids did the zip line/river tubing tour, the extreme sports tour, and those all went well. Size of the ship- The ship generally seemed more intimate than its size would indicate. I did hear the staff members commenting a few times that there were 6000+ people onboard, so we needed to be patient. In my opinion, that is an operations management failure on the part of the cruise line. They need to get over the "size" issue, and work on figuring out the operations kinks. Elevators: There were ample elevators on this ship, and I experienced overall less time waiting for them than I had on other ships. Bonus points for having two very large double banks of elevators. Overall- My father had a blast. My family had an Okay time. Not sure that we'll bother to cruise on Royal Caribbean again, after this experience. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2011
We booked this cruise thinking that if we were going to do this once, then do it on the biggest.....We now know this is probably the BEST, even though we have no other experience to go by. We would not want to try any other cruise at the ... Read More
We booked this cruise thinking that if we were going to do this once, then do it on the biggest.....We now know this is probably the BEST, even though we have no other experience to go by. We would not want to try any other cruise at the moment. I have spent MANY hours reading reviews and tips before setting sail. Some reviewers here must have nothing better to do than bitch and moan! It was the BEST time myself and Margaret have EVER HAD on holiday!I work in the leisure industry, and this was by far the best service we ever had.Many a 10am Saturday morning was spent on watching Oasis sail into port, and 10pm for the sail out. We 'requested a wave' months before we left home! We booked back in January through a local agent. Would deffo book myself in future for what little they did! The flights changed several times, the last being THREE WEEKS before departure! It was decided to go a day early from the start as we were due to land 21.35 on the Friday and we wanted to spend a day in Fort Lauderdale before boarding.Got to FLL to be met by one of the RCCL meet and greet. They had a bus on standby that we did not know about as we were told by the agent it was our problem to get to the hotel!! I told him of the original plans and he even trollied our bags up to the Hertz counter and stood with the wife while I sorted the car! Great service. Hire car through Hertz was changed from a Ford Mustang convertible, (Gutted!) to a top spec E Class Mercedes... (better than a kick in the gonads I suppose). First night (at our expense) was spent at the Best Western Oceanside on Holiday drive. Great value for money and breakfast thrown in! Was booked it without realising it was next door to the Sheraton beach, Our room booked for the Friday by RCCL. VERY handy!!!! Top Tip. DON'T bother going to the Sheraton, Waste of money! I got up at 4am to walk down the beach to video the ship sail in. Had been watching it sail in on webcam, so wanted to see it in the flesh! We went back to the Best Western for Saturday breakfast at $10 a head.Brilliant service by the western staff. Even the meet and greet guy recommended it. Transfer to port very smooth and we were on board from getting off the bus within 15 mins! Was on board shortly after 12 noon. Lovely air conditioned atmosphere as soon as you board and the wow factor hit us straight away! First stop was to drop the carry on in the room. What a great room and a decent view to the rear of the ship and boadwalk area. Very little noise through the double glazing,even when a show is in full swing! Then up to the wipeout cafe for a little bite. Not fantastic fayre, it could of done with a soda fountain and not the 'tinted water', but more than adequate. Back to the room for a few hours before making our way on top deck for the sail off, with a drink in hand, Union Jack tied to the rail by the Flowrider for the 'wave' at the port everglades webcam for all at home to see ;-). It was probably due to us being VERY tired, but the main dining room (my time dining) menu did not tempt us,so we asked if it was OK just to leave it. Andie the head waiter was very accommodating and was trying to offer something off the menu and the waiter Alvin and assistant waiter Roy were great. These guys bent over backwards for us and never disappointed! They were worth the extra tip we put into the envelopes at the end. Food was absolutely fantastic for the rest of the cruise. Another one worth the extra tip was Frederick the room attendant. Treated the wife like a princess! Sunday sea day was spent touring the ship. We had breakfast at the Windjammer every day as we ate very well and rarely needed to go for lunch. Some days when we had a late evening meal, we would snack at wipeout and once had lunch at windjammer. I went on the Zipline. A comedy show was booked for the evening but we decided to cancel as we were still tired and had Labadee in the morning. Labadee was good. I took part in the seadoo excursion. the beaches were nice, though the Artizans market people were VERY VERY pushy!!!! One tied a bead bracelet round Margaret's wrist so tight she could not take it off so she ended up paying for it! RCCL really need to stamp on these hustlers! It sort of spoilt the day somewhat. I know the islanders have had it tough, but surely more stuff would sell if there was a more relaxed attitude! In the end, we went back to the ship earlier than expected! Would not be disappointed if we went again and it was cancelled! Falmouth Jamaica was next. Nothing planned, so left the port for a stroll round. Met a taxi driver that had some good reviews on here, BABA. for $120 (all day!) he took us on a sight seeing tour on the way to Montego bay through a plantation where Johnny Cash had a house. Then to White Witch golf club for photo session. Onwards to Mo'bay to a hillside hotel/function place for more views/photos and some Red Stripe;-). Then to Doctors cove beach for an hour or so, (as long as we wanted) for a nice swim and several more Red Stripe! Back to port, some shopping and a soak in the Jacuzzi! Wonderful people, want to go again. Another sea day. Some bingo played and the headliner show was good. We don't do theatres or such as a rule, but this was good. The Oasis of Dreams was viewed several times from the balcony. For Cozumel, We did the Jeep/Snorkel safari. Snorkeled near port, then on to the jeeps to El diablo, a little bar on the beach, then to a Tequila Hacienda, followed by a poolside lunch before heading back to port for some shopping. 5 1/2 hours of fun and would not do again, simply because we have done it! The guides were great! Another sea day with bingo, shopping etcc and the final evening meal/waiter cabaret act. A drink on the rising tide bar and a water show rounded off the evening. Then back to port Saturday for the rough trip home. Sorry there were no reviews of other resturants and such, WE DID NOT NEED TO TRY.If they were better than the ones we went, then ou are in for a treat! Please do take the negative reviews on here and elsewhere with a big pinch of salt. Do plenty of research before you go. We did not see as much of the ship in a week as we thorght we would. Two weeks would be better. I did not think I would enjoy cruising, am now considering selling the caravan to do it once more!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
The review is for myself - female age 55, and my husband age 53. This was our fourth cruise, having sailed on Monarch twice and Freedom once, all in the past 18 months. We are booked for Liberty next month, Freedom in May and Allure next ... Read More
The review is for myself - female age 55, and my husband age 53. This was our fourth cruise, having sailed on Monarch twice and Freedom once, all in the past 18 months. We are booked for Liberty next month, Freedom in May and Allure next November. We drove down from Orlando the morning of the cruise and parked at a local off site parking facility. Quick and easy van drop off and shuttle to the Port Terminal. We were near the beginning of the line to enter the terminal. It took about 20 minutes to get checked in and up to the area to wait to board. At about 11:15 they started letting us board the ship. I must mention that the ramp to board was very steep, and an elderly gentleman in front of us was have a hard time with his walker. So perhaps there are alternate ways to board that those with mobility issues should look into? For us it was just preparation for the thousands of stairs that we would be climbing over the next seven days!! (Got to burn off those desserts somehow!) We entered the ship on level 5 - the Prommanade deck. WOW! Everything is so much larger then you see in the photos! The Rising Tide bar was right in front of us and is very unique, going up and down between the Prommanade and Central Park on deck 8. There was lots of room on the Prommanade which is a good thing as most of the events throughout the week were held there. Our only complaint with this area would be the horrible smoke coming out of the Bolero's Bar all the time. We are very smoke sensitive, and quite honestly starting avoiding that end of the the deck just to avoid the awful smell. Our next stop was deck 8 - Central Park to have lunch at the Park Cafe. Yes, the roast beef sandwiches really are that good! The made to order salads were even better in my opinion and we had lunch here several times throughout the week. Husband had a panini one day and said that it was very good. Central Park really is amazing. Very quiet and serene and overall just a nice place to sit and chat or read a book. By the time we finished up with our lunch and wandered around a bit our rooms were ready. We had the very last cabin on the Boardwalk - 10329. Our cabin was a sufficient size and very clean and functional. They made use of every last inch of potential storage space. Our bed was next to the balcony, and this made closet access easy. For anyone using a CP machine, there is an additional electric plug underneath the mattress on the right hand side of the bed. DH was happy that he did not have to have an extension cord running across the floor like he has needed on other ships. The view from our balcony was great. We were practically IN the Aqua Theatre! The two huge screens were our own personal big screen televisions! And the view of the ocean and wake were awesome! When we were docked in Labadee, the view was spectacular! Now, would I book a Boardwalk room again? Probably not, but it was fun to have one time since it was such an unusual view. The bonus was that smoking was not allowed on these balconies, so we had clean fresh air all the time! We had My Time Dining with our travel companions each night at 6pm. In hind sight, I should have booked it later, and we will do that on our upcoming cruises. The first night we had a waiter named Dwayne. He was awful. I am sorry to say this, but he was pushy with his opinion on what we should order and even tried to change what our friend had said he wanted. The next night we asked for someone different and we were seated in Bongay's section. WOW! He was awesome!! What a difference a waiter can make to the enjoyment of your dining experience! We ended up going back to Bongay's table every night. The food overall in the main dining room was very good. One night I ordered the salmon, and it was soaked in butter and very under done. I did not say anything (not my style to complain) but Bongay noticed that I was not happy and without being asked brought me a new plate with well cooked salmon and no butter! The Solarium was a wonderful area. Adults only, and it really was adults as I never even saw a child walk through the area! There was a fresh water spa pool that had jets that could massage your back and arcs of water that you could walk through. There was also a large hot tub with water that was hot enough, but not so hot to feel like you were cooking. There were plenty of nice chairs and lounger available through out the Solarium on two different levels. If you wanted sun, you sat downstairs. Shade, then upstairs under the roof. The glass window roof seemed to catch the breeze and make the area very pleasant and comfortable. The Solarium Bistro was fantastic! We had breakfast there several mornings as well as a couple of lunches. The food was a more healthy type and seemed more upscale then the offerings at the Windjammer. The Windjammer. Well, it is the same as every other Windjammer! Not my favorite place to eat. Lots of choices - some of them better then others. The staff were helpful in finding you places to sit and getting you coffee and water refills. We only ate there a couple of times since there were so many other restaurants that we found we preferred to eat at. The shows were GREAT!! Every single one of them was awesome in our opinion. Hairspray was so entertaining and fun to watch. The cast really did a splendid job on this. Both of the diving shows at the Aqua Theatre were dramatic and very well done. Those high divers had my blood pressure rising for sure! The production show Come Fly With Me was incredible. We liked it so much that DH and I went and saw it again on stand by. The headliner for our cruise was a Abba act. They were good and quite enjoyable, especially if you like Abba music. Our travelling companions liked it so much they went back a second time. Our cruise director was Richard Spacey. This was his final cruise on Oasis, so I imagine it was a bitter sweet week for him. I am so very happy that we got to have Richard as our CD. We really enjoy the added fun the CD's bring to the cruise and Richard did not disappoint! He made the Love and Marriage and The Quest shows absolutely hilarious! The look on his face when the guy in the kilt bared all during The Quest was priceless! Halloween fell on day 3 of this cruise. OMG! We woke up that morning and the Prommanade had been transformed into a ginormous haunted house! Huge decorations were absolutely everywhere. I am so glad that DH and I decided to go all out and dress up for the event - not something that we have done in the past 35 years or so! There were literally thousands of people dressed up in costume for the party! So much fun. They had several professional photography 'sets' that were Halloween themed set up and we got some really cute photos. They even had a haunted house that you walked through down in a deck three conference room. A huge amount of work went in to making Halloween on the Oasis a truly memorable experience. The Sports Deck activities on Oasis were awesome! I did the zip line twice, the rock climbing wall once and the Flow Rider many, many times! The instructors at all the sports activities were very kind and patient and really knowledgeable about their sports. I felt completely safe on the zip and rock wall. The flow rider staff were so nice to work with. I had never tried to do stand up surfing, and I actually managed to stay upright by myself for five hole seconds!! Do not let age stand in your way of trying something new and exciting. I am so glad that I tried everything that the ship had to offer. We stopped at three ports on this Western Caribbean cruise. The first one was Labadee Haiti, the private beach/island area that RCI rents or owns from Haiti. Now I love Coco Cay, so I was optimistic that Labadee would be just as good, and it was, but in a different way. While Coco Cay is more tropical, Labadee was very mountainous and dramatic. The beach itself where we were was sort of rocky, but the water was nice once you got in. My friend and I did the Dragon Coaster twice and it was lots of fun. You paid $19 for one ride, and you could have two people in the car up to a weight of 360 pounds. Since our husbands did not want to ride, we each bought a ticket and got to ride twice together. It was lots of fun and very fast! For our next two ports of Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel Mexico we just browsed the shopping areas close to the ship and then returned to use an empty ship! This trip was primarily for us about the Oasis, not the ports of call. All and all we had a wonderful cruise vacation on Oasis of the Seas. The staff were great. The food was very good. The activities were fun. The entertainment was awesome. The ship was incredible and definitely a must see for anyone who enjoys cruising. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
This was our third cruise but our first on RCI. First a little bit about us - I was traveling with my husband, my 10-year old son, and my mother and father in law. We are in our early 40s and booked this cruise mainly to experience the ... Read More
This was our third cruise but our first on RCI. First a little bit about us - I was traveling with my husband, my 10-year old son, and my mother and father in law. We are in our early 40s and booked this cruise mainly to experience the ship, as the ports of call were not all that appealing for this 5-day sailing (Cozumel and Nassau). We booked a Grand Suite on the 8th deck and a connecting balcony stateroom. I write wordy reviews, so consider yourself warned. EMBARKATION: After checking out of our pre-cruise hotel we grabbed a cab and headed to the pier at about 10:30. Traffic was very light, and check in was amazingly fast as others have noticed. Our baggage porter was friendly and we tipped her without being asked, but the same was not true for my in-laws. Although we checked in at the suite area, our mother and father in law reported a very quick and easy embarkation process as well. We waited in the suite area. There were no beverages (coffee, etc.) available in that area, but our wait was very short as they began calling suite passengers at approximately 11:05. WINDJAMMER: As one of the first to board we thought we might try it once as we didn't plan on going there at all. We were able to pick a very nice table on the port side windows. The food was fine - basically what you would expect from a cruise buffet style venue. It did become noticeably more crowded after about an hour, but they opened a new section which relieved the crowding a bit. However, the tables are simply placed way to close together. The availability of the free flavored waters is a nice plus. THE SHIP: We took some time and explored the ship a bit before the cabins were available, and booked that night's dining for my husband and I at Giovanni's. The ship is simply amazing. Pictures do not do it justice. The Central Park area is beautiful, and is a great way to move from the front to the back of the ship without traversing what seemed like miles of stateroom corridors or the Royal Promenade. We booked on deck 8 and our cabins were very close to the aft elevators. Most of our activities, dining venues, etc. were aft, so it was easy to either grab an elevator or take the stairs to our desired location. I would recommend this to those wishing to shorten their walking distances a bit. On the rare occasions when we needed to go forward, Central Park made for a pleasant, short walk there where you can catch the forward elevators. No sewage smell as has been reported in some of the common areas. Some have complained that there's not enough exposure to the sea on this ship, but we did not get that feeling. Unless you plan on spending most of your time in the Royal Promenade or the casino, there are plenty of places to get your sea-fix. Our cabins were available at 1:00 as usual. Our Grand Suite was amazing. There is so much storage in this room and a nice, big closet with lots of hangers. I chose this room because I love a nice, big bathroom and it did not disappoint. HOWEVER, although this room is twice the size of a regular balcony stateroom, we could only find two outlets in this room. The lamps on the living room side are hard-wired. So husband gets to gloat about his preparedness in packing the power strip, which did save the day. There's no outlet at all in the bath. The interactive TV services were great - we could check current restaurant capacities, order room service (but not the special suite menu), book reservations & shore excursions and check our balances from the comfort of our stateroom. The regular balcony staterooms are a bit on the small side, but my biggest concern is a lack of bathtubs. I love my baths, so it will be hard to cruise on RCI again unless we can again afford a suite. ADVENTURE OCEAN: We took our son up to Adventure Ocean for signup the first day. Being a pre-holiday cruise, we expected a crowd, but that place was a zoo! They had tables setup in the small Adventure Ocean theater for signups where they punched your child's seapass card and gave them a lanyard. That took about 20 minutes or so to make our way to the front of the line. Due to the short nature of the cruise, our son only attended two sessions. MDR: My husband and I dined only twice in the MDR - formal night and lobster night. We all had MTD on Deck 5. We asked for a table for just ourselves, and received that as requested. When not dining with us, my MIL & FIL (and on two nights my son as well) made their own MTD reservations. Like the Windjammer, I believe my expectations were about right for the food quality. Do not expect high-end restaurant fare here - keep in mind that they are cooking for thousands each night. The service in the MDR was great. Keny, our Assistant Waiter, graciously volunteered to cut my son's steak on formal night. They were quick to provide attention to our table and were very friendly and engaging. Our Main Waiter did a fine job, just wasn't quite as engaging. When we did not join them, my in-laws sat in a different section and had a waiter (NieNie sp?) that they loved. They had our wine to the table within 5 minutes each night. WINE PACKAGES & ALCOHOL POLICIES: Here's where I'll preface my comments by admitting that I dropped the ball in my research. I knew that bringing your own wine aboard was prohibited. Being a rule follower, no trips to the naughty room for us. I pre-ordered our sailaway sparkling wine and non-alcoholic sparkling wine from Gifts & Gear, and they were waiting in our room at 1:00. So good so far. I had also researched the packages in advance and knew that we would save a little by purchasing the multi-bottle platinum wine package. I had remembered, vaguely, a few threads on the availability of the wine packages. So, I asked the gentleman manning the table if we could get the wines other than the MDR and Windjammer, as I knew we planned on checking out a few other venues. Sure, he said, "any restaurant and room service". Not only was that not true, he forgot to put the sticker on my card (which our MDR waiter graciously handled for us that evening). Here's the deal - you may only get wine package wines from the MDR, Windjammer and Specialty Restaurants, and only during the hours they are serving and only if you are dining at the same time. Therefore, if you have a few bottles remaining on your allowance and you decide to have a bottle in the afternoon for sailaway (or for suite room service lunch) you are out of luck. I know it has been discussed in the boards (in research after the fact). Even the Concierge could not obtain a bottle prior to 5:15 in the MDR. This whole process just seems strange. Along with RCI's procedures of putting in wonderful bars into their suite rooms but nothing to put in all those pretty glasses - but don't get me started on that. GIOVANNI'S TABLE: Carpaccio, Antipasti w/Prosciutto, Pappardelle & it dinner time yet? VINTAGES: Vintages is a wine/tapas bar in beautiful small room off of Central Park. Nice wine selection and great service. They host numerous wine tastings (get there early). PARK CAFÉ: From reading past reviews, I'm clearly in the minority here. I found it to be loud, crowded, and the food did not live up to my expectations. My husband was not impressed by the famous roast beef sandwich, my son thought his Cuban was O.K. and my wrap was so-so. My husband did like their breakfast offerings, but brought those back to the room. I did visit them many times in the afternoons for a glass or three of the flavored waters, but otherwise I chose to avoid this one. EMBARKATION/DEBARKATION AT PORTS: Press the "Gangway" button in the elevator, take a few steps over to the escalator, and you are on the pier. No lines at all when we went. No lines at all waiting to reboard the ship - great, efficient security. SPORTS/POOL ACTIVITIES (POOLS, SPAS, FLOWRIDER, ETC.): We noticed the Pool Deck Patrol in force, but never really saw a need for them. We were a full sailing, but I think a couple of coolish days kept the chair hogs in their barn. We did spot children in the Solarium, but they weren't there for long. Yes, the lines for the zip line, flowrider and climbing wall were longer on sea days. Do them early in the morning on port days to avoid the waits. CHEF'S TABLE: My husband and I pre-reserved the Chef's Table for the last night of our cruise. This is a must-do for foodies. The food was on par with many fine restaurants. It's a fixed menu with wine pairings, so picky eaters need not bother. It is an intimate setting in the Concierge Lounge with a great view. We did find, contrary to earlier reports from the boards that the wine pours were free-flowing - we more of a wine tasting pour than a wine dinner pour, but the food alone is worth the price of admission. We received a signed copy of the cookbook from the chef. SHOWS: We're not big on shows, so we booked only the Oasis of Dreams and the Comedy Show. Oasis of Dreams was interesting - we liked the divers although they weren't exactly synchronized. However, the comedy show was fantastic. Make reservations if you want to see it, because it is held in a VERY small venue and the lines for those with no reservations were long. Also, if you are thirsty, get a drink elsewhere. We had the worst service on the ship in the comedy lounge. We were 20 minutes early, and were told twice by our server to "get the next server". ROOM SERVICE: We had a special suite menu, so our experience is likely different than most. We ordered room service for breakfast, lunch, dinner and for an afternoon cheese tray. Although there was a minor hold time when ordering on occasion, the service was quick and accurate, and the food selection was great. ROOM STEWARD: Jin, our room steward, introduced himself at approximately 1:30 on our first day bearing our luggage. We were very impressed with the quick service. We asked him to bring us some ice, open the balcony divider between our cabins and unlock the connecting room door, all of which he completed immediately. He then asked if we would prefer ice each day, and he provided it as requested. DEBARKATION: Maybe this was a fluke - I haven't done enough research on it to be sure, but our debarkation experience was a bit of a mess. Around 8:45, my MIL & FIL headed to the MDR on Deck 5 to await their group call. We headed up to the CL to await our call as well. I completed the guest surveys and decided to head down to guest services to drop them off in advance. There was mass chaos in the Royal Promenade/Opus 5 deck area. Apparently, they were running very far behind in disembarking groups and some people (likely those with early flights) were crowding the area wanting to get off. I literally could not make it to guest services area because of all the people. My MIL said they soon made an announcement that because of safety issues, everyone must return to their designated areas and they did get it cleared up. Not liking crowds and comfy in our chairs, we decided to sit tight in the CL until our group was called. Finally, and almost all at the same time, the rest of the groups were called. We waited a few more minutes as we figured this would mean long lines all at once, and were the third to the last to leave the CL at around 10:15 or so. No lines at the ramp to depart, but once you get into the pier building, there were huge lines. We finally got to our luggage and then had to wait in VERY long lines for U.S. Customs. If you were non-US, there were plenty of lines open. We walked out of the customs area at around 11:05. SHORE EXCURSIONS: We typically book shore excursions through the cruise line as I am a worrier. However, we wanted to spend some port time on the ship in Nassau and booked our own reservations to Nachi Cocum in Cozumel. OVERALL IMPRESSION: Would we sail on Oasis/Allure again? It depends. Probably not at the rates they are currently demanding, and partly because of the itineraries as we would prefer a Mediterranean cruise the next time. We did not feel that she was too big, nor did we run into more crowding that experienced at times on another cruise line (with the exception of disembarkation, which you can tell has left a bad impression with us). She is a large, beautiful ship. I do think it is critical to do your homework for a ship this size, make reservations for the things you really want to do and be fully aware of policies & procedures that differ across cruise lines. 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Sail Date: December 2010
We are repeat cruisers (eight RCCLs so far, have done all three Freedom class) in our early 50s with two boys 18 and 20. We had an Ocean Balcony and our boys had a Boardwalk Balcony all on deck 10. Boys were seven balconies in from the ... Read More
We are repeat cruisers (eight RCCLs so far, have done all three Freedom class) in our early 50s with two boys 18 and 20. We had an Ocean Balcony and our boys had a Boardwalk Balcony all on deck 10. Boys were seven balconies in from the stern. The ship was at capacity with 1700 under 18 cruisers. About 1/3 of the passengers seem to speak English. Lots of Asians and Brazilians onboard. We flew to FLL the night before and stayed at the Hyatt Airport North (thank you to those who recommended it). Publix was across the road where we purchased Diet Pepsi caffeine free and Diet Seven Up, which we put in a carry on sized wheelie and checked at the pier. No problems getting to our stateroom. The ship is INCREDIBLE! Freedom Class on steriods! Thanks sooo much to everyone who has posted tips and tricks, they were extremely helpful. We were the first Platinum group to board at 11:30 a.m. We went straight to Park Cafe for the infamous roast beef. It lived up to the hype! Then we checked out the ship. We went to sign up for ziplining, but was told that was no longer necessary, just show up when you wanted to do it. I kept repeating to myself all week while onboard, "I am on a ship!?" The ship is just under a 1/4 mile long and we logged in many miles onboard. At 1 p.m. people were heading to their staterooms, and away we went. Our luggage showed up shortly afterward, with everything intact. We did sailaway above the Bridge -- what a great place to sail away from! We had main seating in the dining room and I had requested a window side table for four ahead of time and that's exactly what we got. I also made all of our show reservations as soon as I could online (just before final payment). The first night we had reservations for the two comedians, who my husband and I thought were mediocre. The next night we had Hairspray reservations, but my guys wouldn't go, so I thought I could see it later in the week, but there was no other show after then. The Aqua Shows were THE BEST. Come Fly With Me was GREAT! The ice show was excellent, as was the magical sand artist lady!! "I am on a ship!?".... The headliner show was a History of the Temptations group, which were good, but they didn't have all that acrobatic flash that the other shows had. We had been to all the ports before, and the weather was on the cool side (high of 68 in Cozumel), but we had a great time in each port going to the beach (Costa Maya), or just hanging around the port (Cozumel). Santa was ziplining on Labadee on Christmas Day! We made some purchases from the craft booths near the back, since they had less traffic, and gave them a nice additional Christmas bonus. Our stateroom attendant was excellent, and our waitstaff was okay (and that's a first for us). The assistant waiter's first day was the first day of our cruise, and he didn't understand English. The waiter was proficient, but we really didn't feel we could have a conversation with him in English. We addressed our concerns about the assistant waiter with the head waiter and he made sure that things were better from there on out. I think the assistant waiter really aimed to please, but lacked enough training by management before he was put into the dining room. We all thought that the food in the main dining room was excellent and the other venues also. We did end up going to the Windjammer for breakfast most days after trying Johnny Rockets and not being really impressed by what was offered there. We are used to the Windjammer's variety and really didn't have much of a problem with crowds, since one of us would get a table while the others were getting food. We did ziplining and Flow Riders. Although we did the waivers online, getting the wristband the first day was an exercise in patience. My tip would be to get it as early in the day as you can, since most people had not done the waivers and that really, really held up the lines (and they didn't have enough help to deal with it). My boys hit the clubs at night and had great times. They didn't return to their staterooms until 3 or 4 a.m. It was nice having both staterooms (although pricey....) as we could have the tranquility of the ocean from ours, and we could see what was happening in the Aqua Theatre area. We also enjoyed going to the public aft balconies on 11, 12 and 14. Always empty, although one day someone had reserved chairs but were not there..... The BEST thing about the ship (okay, well one of them) WAS THAT YOU COULD ALWAYS FIND A CHAIR ON SEA DAYS. That has always rubbed us the wrong way on prior cruises. We would head up to the sports deck around 10:30 a.m. and would have our choice of loungers. When we walked by the other pools, there were always available loungers and chairs there too (even in the sun). GREAT JOB WITH THE AMOUNT OF CHAIRS RCCL!! (Now could you add some more to the other ships????) We never saw the bagpiper, but we did hear him once. My husband and I loved the cantilevered hot tubs after our show of the evening. Not many people in them, and FOOTBALL showing on the tvs above them every night (nice touch RCCL). Did the luggage valet when we left and that was great. Didn't see our bags until we got home. Booked another cruise on the Freedom next Christmas, since the Oasis is even more pricey next year at that time, and that's the only time we can all go. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
Just spent one week on Oasis. Wow is the word that comes to mind. She is so very big and has so much to offer. The new neighborhoods were great and fun to visit. We especially loved the entertainment venues and being able to book online ... Read More
Just spent one week on Oasis. Wow is the word that comes to mind. She is so very big and has so much to offer. The new neighborhoods were great and fun to visit. We especially loved the entertainment venues and being able to book online pre-cruise. Earl Turner as the Headline Entertainment was fantastic! The diving and skating shows were great as was the Comedy Show. "Hairspray" was great, though we have seen it before. We did sign up for My Time Dining (as we usually do) but only at their 3 times. We wanted to try the new restaurants which were very good, especially Giovanni's Table...fabulous meal! We at "150 Central Park." The food was very good but it was a very long meal and is a set menu, which we did not realize prior to booking. The Seafood Shack was great for lunch but our favorite lunch spot was the Park Cafe in Central Park. Great salads and panini's! We only went to Windjammer once on the first day. Very crowded and food choices are much better elsewhere. We also had dinner at the Japanese Sushi restaurant which was a very pleasant surprise. Cruise Director is amazing and so full of energy. The crew was friendly and service minded. The ship is quite big and there are lots of people! However, I can say we did not have lines and were able to get seats by the pool every day. The size of the ship handles the crowds quite well. We are doing Allure next year. Loved Oasis and keep saying it was too big and I would prefer a smaller ship but then I think of all the venues and really did find this to be a perfect experience! Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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