Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this ship because of the size, the amenities, the live entertainment and cost. We found the ship to be somewhat crowded but not where you couldn't move. The buffet lines for breakfast and lunch were somewhat long but nothing ... Read More
We chose this ship because of the size, the amenities, the live entertainment and cost. We found the ship to be somewhat crowded but not where you couldn't move. The buffet lines for breakfast and lunch were somewhat long but nothing more than 5 minute wait. There were 6,400 passengers and approx 2,000 crew. We had my-time dining which worked out fine. We just told them we wanted 7:30 everyday and they gave us the same table and same waiter for the entire week. My time is not bad at all, in fact you can tell them what time you wanted. Our waiter, Franky, table 232 deck 3 was great. Went out of his way to make your culinary experience great. We found the food to be above average. We did eat in Giovanni's specialty restaurant because I wanted to taste the octopus. I had it as an appetizer and I can tell you it was as tough as a shoe sole. The room was very loud and honestly, I'll probably never go back. We'll go back to Chops instead. Getting on, if you are not diamond or diamond plus may be time consuming. We are D+ so it only took us 10 minutes. Now getting off the ship is another story. The line for customs os very long and relatively slow. Expect 20-30 minutes to get through. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I read reviews for weeks before our cruise and was a little nervous based on some of the assessments of the condition of the ship and crew. Overall we were very happy with the cruise. Our cabin was in very good condition and the air ... Read More
I read reviews for weeks before our cruise and was a little nervous based on some of the assessments of the condition of the ship and crew. Overall we were very happy with the cruise. Our cabin was in very good condition and the air conditioning worked fine. I think the crew is a little more behind the scenes than on some of the smaller ships that I have been on, but we did not have an bad experiences with the staff. I thought the ship was very clean and saw very few areas that looked worn or in disrepair. We ate all of our dinners in coastal kitchen. The food was very good, but not necessarily significantly better than in the main dining room of other cruises I have taken. Drinks were included which was very nice. The staff in coastal kitchen was great. The ports were all very good (Puerto Rico, St Maarten, and Labadee), but St Maarten was clearly the port that has the longest road to recovery from the hurricane. There were a few downsides that caused me to give 4 rather than 5 stars. They are as follows: 1. Cancelling and timing of shows - I appreciate that Royal Caribbean has innovative shows/entertainment, but the seas weren't very rough during our cruise and many of the shows still had to be cancelled. This would not be too much of a problem on a normal sized ship, but since there are so many people on board the Oasis, if a show is cancelled, many people never get a chance to see it and they can't go to another show because it is fully booked already. I think many people cruise for the food, sun, and entertainment, so it is frustrating when there is not much entertainment available at night. My other complaint is that the shows start too late for families with younger children. On smaller ships, there is usually an early and a late show, but on this ship there is only one option. The only reason we got to see any shows was because they had reschedule so many of them due to cancellations and some of the rescheduled shows were earlier. Unfortunately, the rescheduled shows often got cancelled too. The only reason we got to see a couple of them was because we stayed in a suite and reservations were not required for us. Our 2 year old loved the 2 shows we got to see. 2. Elevator crowding - It seems like almost everyone has had this problem. The elevator wait was sometimes very long and then got hot and crowded. They would often stop at almost every floor, so the ride was too long. 3. Windjammer Buffet - Overall, the food was good, but it had the fewest options of any cruise buffet that I can remember. Also, they only opened one side of the buffet most of the time. The side that they did not open regularly had a very foul smell on one end that I think may be from the carpet. We got seated there once, then purposely avoided that section the rest of the cruise. Everytime I had to walk through the area, the smell was present. 4. This is a minor complaint, but at the end of the cruise there was a Thank You Celebration on the boardwalk that advertised family activities, free candied apples, popcorn, etc. We got there when it started and within 5 minutes they were out of candied apples and within 20 minutes, they were taking down most of the food tables. I just thought it was not much of a thank you to advertise an event that was supposed to last 1 hour (maybe even 1.5 hours, I can't remember) and begin running out of food within 5 minutes. 5. There was a problem with disembarkation. I think it was due to customs, not the cruiseline, but it didn't seem like the staff were making an attempts to let people know what was happening. I heard several people state that waited for 1.5 hours in the heat waiting the disembark. The lines were so long they wrapped around the outside of the ship on the promenade deck. The staff could have let people know what was going on and directed people form a line that did not extend outside into the heat. Despite a few problems, I would consider the Oasis again in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We cruise twice a year and this was our 3rd RCI Big Ship. There are so many things to do on this ship- whether you want to relax by the pool, take a class, see a show, eat a delicious meal, play a game--WHATEVER it may be YOU and YOUR ... Read More
We cruise twice a year and this was our 3rd RCI Big Ship. There are so many things to do on this ship- whether you want to relax by the pool, take a class, see a show, eat a delicious meal, play a game--WHATEVER it may be YOU and YOUR FAMILY are covered:). The service on all 7 days was TOP NOTCH- we have never had better. The MDR staff, our cabin steward, the kids club, the bar service- just wow! The Cruise Director kept us laughing and the Captain was a fine gentleman. We enjoyed the food and the shows. We cruise Disney, RCI and Celebrity. I have taken 2 Carnival Cruises and they were fine BUT RCI is our Cruiseline. Our son prefers RCI kids club over Disney- More engagement from the staff seems to.be the reason. We just cannot wait for our next Oasis Cruise. 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We are Floridians, and Port Canveral is convenient for us, and we had cruised with RCI before. We timed this cruise with my wife's birthday, and booked a junior suite. Not sure why, but three days before the cruise, we were upgraded to ... Read More
We are Floridians, and Port Canveral is convenient for us, and we had cruised with RCI before. We timed this cruise with my wife's birthday, and booked a junior suite. Not sure why, but three days before the cruise, we were upgraded to an owner's suite, which I only noticed by accident when accessing my SeaPass info. A slight negative, because we were never officially notified, and could have shown up at the ship with the wrong cabin tags, and SeaPass. Regardless, this was wonderful for us, but created a couple of minor problems. Namely, everyone originally thought we were the people previously assigned that cabin, and many of the special offers in the cabin were with their names on them. Not really a problem. BTW, we also received all of the perks and amenities that come with the suite class cabins. I did not tell my wife about the upgrade, until after we were in the cabin. She was blown away. Love at first sight, especially the bathrobes (not sure why). Despite how great the cabin was, the real perk was the suite extras. Namely, unlimited internet access for two, automatic entry to all entertainment shows, all day access to the Coastal Kitchen restaurant, and Suites Lounge, concierge services, and slightly expedited embarkation and greatly expedited disembarkation. Read Less
2 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
We chose this cruise with my in-laws and wife’s sister and her husband because it seemed like a good deal. $1000 each for a week on one of RC’s premier ships, the Oasis of the Seas. Be warned: this ship is worn out and so is ... Read More
We chose this cruise with my in-laws and wife’s sister and her husband because it seemed like a good deal. $1000 each for a week on one of RC’s premier ships, the Oasis of the Seas. Be warned: this ship is worn out and so is the crew. It seemed that the crew is either brand new and knew nothing about this large ship or the crew is knowledgeable but rude and burned out from the multitude of guests this is the largest cruise we have ever been on 6500 people and 2200 staff. It was all’s the worst cruise we have ever been on...I will sum it up this way. All other cruises we have had fun because of the staff and activities, this cruise we had fun despite the staff and activities. Here’s the GOOD parts: The formal dining room food was excellent and that staff was great. The cabin was laid out well with the exception of not being able to see the tv from the bed (this was true in all three rooms and one was an ocean balcony). The ship has a ton of potential and some amazing places (Central Park, Broadway, the rock walls and flowriders). Labadee was very nice and it’s a shame it’s owned by Royal Carribean since after this cruise I think we will be choosing other cruise lines for all our cruises. To our own surprise Carnival has become our favorite cruise line! Here’s the BAD parts of the cruise: The ship needs a remodel, it has been used abused and not well maintained. The ping pong tables look like someone beat them with a sledge hammer, every other chair I sat in was wobbly and broken, buttons don’t work on elevators, every other coke machine didn’t work. The ONE electrical outlet in the room was glitchy, the maintenance crew had to come fix the shower in our room which had no hot water or water pressure. The mattress was a rock...I actually think we were just sleeping on a box springs and they just put egg crate foam on it. The shows lakes variety and were all singing and dancing with the same cast over and over again. The Cats Broadway show was 3 hours long and had an intermission at 1.5 hours, we stayed for the whole show but about 90% of the audience left at the intermission. I heard constantly from the staff “sorry we don’t have enough staff” and I found myself constantly saying to other people who would mention this was their first cruise “ other cruises aren’t like this” or “this is unusual, don’t let this give you a bad taste on cruising”. I really could go on and on with negatives...it was awful in comparison to RC Cruises we had done in the past and compared to carnival, MSC and Norwegian. We have cruised all these lines about 10 times in the last few years and we will be avoiding RC from this point on. If your are trying to decide between this ship or another...choose the other. Don’t get suckered in by the lower prices you are seeing on their cruises...the lower prices are there because their loyal customers are “jumping ship”! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Staff was not energetic or very welcoming. More like they were here to collect a pay check. Food was less than desirable minus the main sit down dinner. That was good, but in comparison to the food on Carnival without a doubt has them beat ... Read More
Staff was not energetic or very welcoming. More like they were here to collect a pay check. Food was less than desirable minus the main sit down dinner. That was good, but in comparison to the food on Carnival without a doubt has them beat across the sea. Casino was not very big in comparison to other ships. This created one huge smoke cloud even on the non smoking side it was bad. Some staff in the casino couldn't manage bets and it would cause issues among those at the table. Not to mention a couple of highly unprofessional dealers. This ships is great for families in a lot of ways. Yet leave some desires for the adult life. The do nickel and dime you. Be cautious in the jewelery store. They mark up then discount. Did some research on a ring my was interested in that goes for 6k in stores. On the ship it was listed at 9k before their sale. In the end there wasn't much difference in price. Also, couldn't answer me on the type of diamond. This because all in question when we get home to ensure such jewelery. So buyer beware. The ring is still a good value just don't like the sales approach. It is lying to the customer. Excursions are better priced vs. Carnival. Cabin we stayed in faced the board walk. I wouldn't do that again. It is very loud. my wife and I have been debating which cruise line we would like to make our permanent cruise line for getaways. It won't be Royal Caribbean. We come have fun. Part of that fun is the people that creat that environment. The smiles, the high postively charged crew. This ship doesn't have it. 4 people out the entire staff we dealt with. We found Carnival is just a happy more enjoyable environment. This is after trying several companies this past year. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our third time on Oasis of the Seas. Just the two of us in a Central Park balcony stateroom. Plenty big and the bed was very comfortable. We brought our Pride GoGo folding scooters with us but didn't use them for the cruise. ... Read More
This was our third time on Oasis of the Seas. Just the two of us in a Central Park balcony stateroom. Plenty big and the bed was very comfortable. We brought our Pride GoGo folding scooters with us but didn't use them for the cruise. Lots of room for storing them in our cabin beside the couch. Just needed them the week after while we were at Disney World. Our stateroom attendant, Humlyn was amazing. She kept our cabin clean, well stocked with towels and other essentials and most of all, she was so friendly and always smiling. Royal Caribbean gave us a few unexpected perks for staying in a Central Park cabin such as a bottle of red wine, chocolate strawberries and a complimentary lunch at Giovanni's. Nice touch Guest Services! Enjoyed "First Night Done Right" at Chops Grill. Well worth the bargain price of $20 each. Service was amazing and special thanks to our waiter Andrew who took such good care of us. We enjoy sitting on deck 16 in the Solarium because of the shade and the quiet atmosphere away from the crowds. Never had a problem finding a chair or lounge and the hot tubs and pool were enjoyed thoroughly by us through the week. We found the food to be excellent in both the American Icon dining room, the Park Café, Windjammers and the specialty restaurants. If the menu was not to our liking in the dining room, then we ate a few evenings in the Windjammer. Service was excellent and the staff really go out of their way to make sure you have beverages by delivering them to you instead of you having to leave the table to get them. That was a service much appreciated. We had a table for 2 in the American Icon dining room (my time dining) and so happy to be at table 135 because of our amazing head waiter Mario and his assistant Arvin. Treated us like royalty and they worked hard and service was fast. Lobster night was great and delicious. Of course we enjoyed the Royal Promenade with all the entertainment, shops and yes... food counters. Royal Caribbean has such great staff who always smile and make your vacation so special. The ship is starting to show her age but she is clean and you appreciate how hard everyone works. We are Diamond class and did enjoy the Diamond Lounge. Only wish I had was that the drinks would be available maybe an hour later than 8:00 pm and that mocktails would be included since I don't drink liquor or beer. I just had Diet Cokes for the week. Please remember that all cruise ships have good and bad issues so you should always keep an open mind when booking a cruise but certainly don't be afraid to book the Oasis or similar Royal Caribbean ships. You won't be disappointed. Hope this review is helpful. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Our first time on a mega ship this size. We got a good price and went for it. I've been on around 14 cruises and 7 of them on RCCL. The Oasis of the seas was a very nice ship but even with its size, 6000 people was just too much. It was ... Read More
Our first time on a mega ship this size. We got a good price and went for it. I've been on around 14 cruises and 7 of them on RCCL. The Oasis of the seas was a very nice ship but even with its size, 6000 people was just too much. It was like standing in line at Disney for everything. Getting on and off at port calls was a slow process. We never ate at the main dinning because the only dinning time we could get was at 8:00 pm. Just too late for us to eat dinner. The windjammer buffet on all the RCCL ships we've been on were great with good quality food. But the buffet on the Oasis was very disappointing. Poor quality food, with limited selections. The staff didn't keep the buffet up either. Ship was clean. Drink servers were hard to come by on deck. High price drinks with 18% tip way over the top. Room steward was great. Overall...no more mega ships for me...The food and overall service much better on ships with 4000 or less passangers 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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