Sail Date: July 2018
This was a cruise to celebrate my father's retirement. My room was myself, husband (both in our 40s), 9 year old son, and 6 year old daughter. We were in a Grand Suite. We also traveled with my parents (who are diamond plus), my 22 year ... Read More
This was a cruise to celebrate my father's retirement. My room was myself, husband (both in our 40s), 9 year old son, and 6 year old daughter. We were in a Grand Suite. We also traveled with my parents (who are diamond plus), my 22 year old sister and her boyfriend, and my other sister, her husband (also in their 40s), my 8 year old niece, and my 12 year old nephew. Arrival was super easy. We got to the port about 10 am. Check in was a breeze. There was a dedicated waiting area for the suites. The had comfy seats and refreshments. We were able to board just at 11 am. We went straight to the Windjammer for lunch and had no issues. To summarize, I will do this in categories. Ship The Oasis of the Seas had a lot to offer. The ship was large but never really seemed crowded except in the Promenade for the July 4th balloon drop. The amount of things available was perfect for my family. In fact, there were some things we didn't get a chance to try. It is showing a little age and it's coming dry dock will probably be just what it needs. Cabin Our Grand Suite was perfect for my family of 4. I do suggest if you have people using the sofa bed, have them turn it back to a sofa during the day. It made a big difference in the feel of the room. There was ample storage space and hangers. There were even 2 large medicine cabinets and large drawers in the bathroom. I didn't need any additional storage. The suitcases fit under the bed for storage. Our balcony was the perfect size. With 2 chairs by the small table and 2 chairs with footrests, all 4 of us could enjoy at the same time. The bathroom was larger than I was expecting. Two people could easily be in there at the same time. It is a bit of a large step to get into the tub/shower combo but the threshold of the bathroom is not very high. Dining We had a standing reservation for our party of 12 in the Coastal Kitchen since we were all in suites. The adults did go the the Chef's table one night. The Coastal Kitchen food was delicious and well prepared. The staff of the Coastal Kitchen were very friendly and accommodating. They even got food from the main dining room for us if we saw something we really wanted. The chef's table experience exceeded my expectations. We did have a great group and full table. One thing we did learn that night, although the Adventure Ocean staff take the kids to the Windjammer, they have a limited amount of food available. We were told it was due to allergy concerns. If you have really picky eaters, keep that in mind. We did eat in the Windjammer for breakfast most days and about half the lunches. There is a large variety of offerings which we liked. In general, the food there was good. We also had snacks at the Cafe Promenade. That became our go to spot if we wanted something outside of the meal hours. Their ham and cheese croissant was easily my favorite. Entrertainment I am not a CATS fan so I did not see that show. I did see the adult comedy show, the Ice Skating show, the Aquatheater show, and Come Fly with Me. The singers in Come Fly with Me, although good, did not sync well at times. Also, some voices did not seem to fit the songs they were singing. I can only conclude they were hired with CATS in mind. The adult comedy show was surprisingly enjoyable. I was really tired and considered not going. I'm glad I did, though. The 2 comedians on my sailing were both hilarious. Also, they did not poke too much at the crowd. They took things that were said and ran with them without harping on individuals in the crowd. By far my favorite show was the ice skating. I have no idea how they do those trick on that small patch of ice. Something to note, all the performers work during the open ice times. My kids loved seeing them again and telling them how much they enjoyed the show. Huge kudos to the staff for their July 4th celebration. I think they perfectly balanced the wants of the Americans while giving other a chance to be away from it if they wanted. The only things that would have made it better was a larger area for the balloon drop. There were many people that could not get close to the balloons. The Aquatheater show was also great. It reminded me of a Cirque show. Service Everyone we dealt with on this cruise was friendly. Many of them truly got to know us and continued to talk to us whenever we saw them. Our stateroom attendant really went above and beyond in talking to all of us whenever she saw us. Also, the trivia guy was perfect. It seems like he was made for that job. Ports This sailing started with sea days. Then we went to St Maarten. Although the island was devastated by hurricanes less than a year ago, they seem to be recovering well. There is still a long way to go but plenty of activities were available. We took a private tour of the island to see everything. The next day we were in San Juan. I think partly because of the heat, we were tired from the day before and opted to stay on the ship. There were enough things to do on the ship that we didn't regret our decision. The final stop was Labadee. That is a prefect beach day. We really enjoyed just spending time on the beach and in the water. I wish all the port stops weren't back to back, but I understand why they are. Adventure Ocean We signed our kids up on the first day. My daughter was in the 6-8 group with my niece. My son was in the 9-11 group. The girls loved being together and I think that was part of the reason they loved being in Adventure Ocean. My son tolerated it, but he wanted to play video game or be on the zip line. I don't think his view is the norm. The girls did participate in the pirate parade. They thought it was great that we were watching them. They also did many craft and we brought plenty of things home from their time. I think most kids will enjoy the experience. We did leave them for dinner one night. I wish they allowed the kids more freedom on the food choices since they are ion the buffet, but I guess I can understand the legal ramifications. All the staff seemed friendly and I did not hear any complaints from the kids. They definitely had favorites. My son loved Bubbles. We mainly chose this cruise because my parents are Royal Caribbean loyalists. We also chose it for the starting port and dates. Overall, it was a good choice. I know my parents will be on many more in the future. I think my family might try a Disney cruise next. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
My family (ages 52,46,50 and 21) chose the Oasis based on what it has to offer. The size of the ship, rock climbing walls, flow rider, zip line, ice skating and the distinct neighborhood themes are all very alluring when shopping for a ... Read More
My family (ages 52,46,50 and 21) chose the Oasis based on what it has to offer. The size of the ship, rock climbing walls, flow rider, zip line, ice skating and the distinct neighborhood themes are all very alluring when shopping for a cruise. We have cruised on 11 other ships but will not do an Oasis class cruise again. Here's why with positives followed by negatives: Quality of food at the seated dining was good. Breakfast selection was good and omelettes were awesome. The ship itself is amazing. It's clean and after over 10 years in service it has minimal signs of wear. Embarkation and disembarkation was seamless. Staff was friendly and for the most part helpful. The theater is larger than normal and ship layout makes sense once you get situated. Our room was conveniently located with no major complaints with the hardware. We enjoyed central park in the morning and the solarium area is nice for those that want quiet (if you can find a seat). Negatives: massive crowds of people everywhere!! (5,500 passengers to be exact). RCL tried to account for this with the design of the ship and different venues but fails on many accounts. All those things you want to do (zip line, climbing wall, flow rider, etc). Well guess what? Everyone else wants to do them too! The gym was always packed, Windjammer buffet is always packed and I didn't like having to schedule our shows. A looped message in the Windjammer reminds people to eat and get out so other guests can enjoy the mediocre buffet food. Buffet food was not as good as Holland America or Carnival. For the shows you need to form a line 40 minutes before to get a good seat....While waiting, RCL plays a looped message reminding you not to reserve seats but then they reserve seats for Diamond class and others....really RCL? Our room steward was good but he was working on his tip so hard that after the second day it was very irritating and we wanted to avoid him all together! The gym was poorly laid out and always packed with many people sitting on equipment and texting. Drinking fountain was broken. The elevators were glitchy and lights do not illuminate after pressing buttons repeatedly. The mobile phone app was completely useless and inaccurate. We gave up and used the cruise compass. There were 3 events that we wanted to do but found were cancelled. Many people showed up and were disappointed. The parades in the promenade are goofy with many made up characters that no one can relate to. The broadway show CATS is a complete waste of time and many people left. Unless you absolutely love broadway style entertainment I suggest skipping it. RCL is trying to be world class but misses the mark on enjoyable entertainment for the masses when compared to other cruise lines. (disclaimer: Come fly with me was good). Some of the shows that RCL continues to promote are crude and inappropriate. Why do this? (Battle of the sexes as an example). The adult comedy is beyond inappropriate. Who thinks this is enjoyable? Wake up RCL. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Pre holiday in Orlando added to cruise experience and ship was huge with lots to do. Staff in silk dining room were great but man on towel return very grumpy. Perhaps he should try something else. He was very abrupt. Accommodation very ... Read More
Pre holiday in Orlando added to cruise experience and ship was huge with lots to do. Staff in silk dining room were great but man on towel return very grumpy. Perhaps he should try something else. He was very abrupt. Accommodation very good but central park seemed better for those with no kids. Lovely calm atmosphere whilst BoaRd walk was a little more child friendly. Would stayou in central park next time as a couple. Evening there were very relaying. The entertainment- Finasty Henderson. Comedy shows . Ice show were all great but Cats was too long and a bit boring. Good production but just a boring show can't believe it's so successful. Many walked out while we watched it. Activities during day were varied and interesting but the Art auction and all the hype for Diamond do sales were a bit tedious and irritating. Sales for other goods were also over hyped and mainly overpriced. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Excellent experience in Grand Suite. Coastal kitchen was a wonderful experience and the staff was exceptional . Having the perks of that but the lounge and barefoot Beach on Haiti was amazing. The size of the bathroom was wonderful ... Read More
Excellent experience in Grand Suite. Coastal kitchen was a wonderful experience and the staff was exceptional . Having the perks of that but the lounge and barefoot Beach on Haiti was amazing. The size of the bathroom was wonderful with four of us . The entertainment was great and we really enjoyed the diving show the ice-skating show and the Acrobat show . My kids love the pools and splash areas and it was perfect for my two-year-old and five-year-old . My five-year-old really love to the kids club and they did a variety of activities from arts to dancing to watching movies . Both kids love the carousel and we must’ve gone on it about 15 times . Our favorite port was Haiti and barefoot beach was gorgeous . We didn’t rush off the ship and there was plenty of room and shade . The view is breathtaking and the water is up to your chest or so for a long time so it’s like a lagoon .loved it. The ship has something to do for everybody and I highly recommend the suite experience. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We had a wonderful time on our recent Oasis of the Seas 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise with our two sons aged 14 and 11. Ports of call were St. Maarten, San Juan Puerto Rico and Labadee Haiti. This was our 5th cruise with Royal (3 on ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on our recent Oasis of the Seas 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise with our two sons aged 14 and 11. Ports of call were St. Maarten, San Juan Puerto Rico and Labadee Haiti. This was our 5th cruise with Royal (3 on Freedom of the Seas, 1 on Enchantment) and our first on Oasis. The ship is just massive and beautiful. We loved sailing Freedom and Oasis did not disappoint. Have patience on day 1, like any cruise, because it is chaotic and crowded. I was actually worried at first because it was so much more crowded than Freedom was. But after day 1 everything was great! Including the pool deck. I mean it was crowded but we were still able to enjoy the pool and lay on chairs but not as bad as what some other reviewers said. I would say it was very similar to Freedom on the sea days. The Windjammer was very crowded at meal times (breakfast more so than any other mealtimes from what we saw and there was a line waiting to enter as tables were cleared if you arrived during peak times) but there are so many other options for breakfast around the ship that are all included (main dining room, Johnny Rockets, Park Cafe, Solarium Bistro) that we just didn't go back to Windjammer and it was fine. We did the sushi making class at Izumi on the ship and loved it. We saw the comedy shows on the final night in the Opal Theater and they were very funny. We also saw the Headliner show which was very good. We skipped Cats and the Ice Skating shows because we've already seen both. The Aqua Theater show was cool to see but we probably won't do that again unless they change the show. We couldn't follow any sort of story line but the diving skills were very good lol! One thing we missed on Oasis compared to Freedom was not having a jumbo screen on the pool deck. We also wish the Royal IQ app that is available on the Quantum Class ships would work on the Oasis Class because it includes a texting feature in it which would have been nice for us to communicate with the kids. We did the Deluxe Drink Package for the first time for the adults and the Premium Package for the kids and will definitely do that again. We pre-purchased them online when there was a 20% off sale prior to our sailing and we definitely got our money's worth. Both packages include bottled water at any of the bars which was wonderful, and also include the specialty coffees at the Promenade Cafe as well as Park Cafe (just not the Starbucks Kiosk) and non-alcoholic frozen drinks. And the Deluxe package includes any glass of wine, beer or cocktail up to $13 but if you order a glass of wine or something over that price then you just pay the difference. Both also include the souvenir cup which you can use at the Coke Freestyle machines around the ship or just have a bartender fill it for you with their soda gun. The only thing we hope they expand on in the future are their beer offerings with some more IPA options. The Globe and Atlas pub on the Promenade Deck 5 had Stone IPA (which is very good) and Redook IPA but that was it and that was the only bar you could get them at. The teen areas and sports deck were great for our 11 and 14 year olds, lots to do. We were also very pleased that they allowed us to sign a waiver for our 11 year old to participate in the teen activities with his brother instead of being with the 9-11 year old Voyagers group in Adventure Ocean. They enjoyed rock climbing and the zip line, ping pong, mini golf and the sports court. They also liked to grab food and soft serve at the Wipeout Cafe. And they also really liked the Arcade and the candy shop on the Boardwalk. Our favorite area was Central Park, so pretty. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
We choose our family vacation to accommodate ages from 2 to 60+. There are plenty of activities for children and adults. Tried the flow rider and ice skated on the same day! We were fortunate and had perfect weather. There were 6,475 ... Read More
We choose our family vacation to accommodate ages from 2 to 60+. There are plenty of activities for children and adults. Tried the flow rider and ice skated on the same day! We were fortunate and had perfect weather. There were 6,475 passengers on the ship; the Oasis of Seas never really felt crowded. It's it bit strange to say that while on the ship, one of our favorites places was Central Park on deck eight. The two children loved the Carousal and the splash pool. When you first board, there is a crush of passengers and the common areas, elevators, and windjammer buffet was crowded. Take the stairs and explore other parts of the ship and have a late lunch at the windjammer. Be sure to see the Aqua show and other the production shows. Make reservations and get their early. The ship starts will allow non-reservation passengers to be seated 15 minutes before show time. Be aware that during the Aqua Show you will get splashed if you sit in the first few rows. We could see the damage Hurricane Irma (2017) caused, but the islands are recovering and rely on the tourist to help them recover. The only unfortunate experience was some rude passengers who decided it was o.k. to smoke on their balcony and pollute the air above, below, and near their stateroom. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise of the dates that fell during our anniversary and location of the port. It was the closest for us to drive to from home. We enjoyed the activities that were available on the ship and there were plenty of shore ... Read More
We chose this cruise of the dates that fell during our anniversary and location of the port. It was the closest for us to drive to from home. We enjoyed the activities that were available on the ship and there were plenty of shore excursions to choose from at each destination. There was a bit of a language barrier for us with some of the staff. And we felt a bit pressured to tip everyone. I understand that tips are extra income for the staff but we already paid for gratuities in our packages and if we tipped every person we came in contact with, it would cost more than the trip itself. Chops Grille and Sabor was our top choices for dinner, very satisfied with those two. Our cabin was perfect, just the right size for the two of us. Our housekeeper kept us tidy and with fresh towels every morning and evening. Very happy with her and the cabin! Tons and tons to do on board. Alot of excursions to choose from, but book them early! They go up in price day of boarding and fill up fast. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I had great expectation for this cruise ship and was very disappointed. First I thought that the food was not far superior to other cruises as I was expecting it to be thought it was just mediocre at best, we even purchased an upgraded ... Read More
I had great expectation for this cruise ship and was very disappointed. First I thought that the food was not far superior to other cruises as I was expecting it to be thought it was just mediocre at best, we even purchased an upgraded dining package and still thought it was subpar food and service. Service in main dining room was definitely lacking. To make matters worse I ended up contracting E.coli on board and was very ill for a lot of the cruise. Felt as though I was not treated very well after the whole experience either. I saved for two years as a single mom to be able to afford to take my son on this cruise and just felt Overall extremely disappointed in the experience, The ship itself was beautiful overall to look at, it just fell short of the service in dining rooms and also they obviously don’t take the proper precautions to avoid getting illness Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call. We wanted the Eastern Caribbean route and enjoyed all the stops. We decided on the My Time Dining option and really enjoyed the freedom on making my own reservations. I strongly ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call. We wanted the Eastern Caribbean route and enjoyed all the stops. We decided on the My Time Dining option and really enjoyed the freedom on making my own reservations. I strongly recommend making the dinner reservations before you board or as soon as possible after you board if you chose this option. The wait staff at the American Icon Grille were fabulous. They took care of all our needs and were always so helpful. I would also recommend making your show reservations as soon as possible when you are booking your cruise. The shows fill up quickly for certain days and times. The musical CATS, the Ice Show, and Come Fly With Me were all really wonderful. We did not travel with children and were happy with the Solarium as a child-free option. The staff, activities, and entertainment were exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We were celebrating our anniversary. Embarkation at the Port Canaveral Pier was easy with no hassles or delays. A far better experience than the first cruise we took a few years ago. The service we received on board was excellent! Our ... Read More
We were celebrating our anniversary. Embarkation at the Port Canaveral Pier was easy with no hassles or delays. A far better experience than the first cruise we took a few years ago. The service we received on board was excellent! Our cabin attendant was always very cheerful and extremely helpful providing assistance throughout our voyage. We cannot say enough about the wait staff in the American Icon Dining Room. They exceeded our expectations every night. We felt welcomed every time we dined there and they even remembered our names. That's quite a feat considering how many people they serve on a daily basis. The excursions were fun as well. However, we were very dissappointed with the 5 Star Island Tour in St. Thomas. The staff at Magen's Bay (gift shop/restaurant/bar) were rude and unaccommodating. They had beach umbrellas but refused to rent them even though it was a very hot day. They had negative attitudes toward the guests and service was very slow. The beach was beautiful but until the vendor enhances their customer service, I would not recommend this excursion. Other than that, we had a great experience on this sailing! 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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