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Royal Caribbean International: Oasis of the Seas

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Mar 4, 2017

Adventure

Our time on the Oasis of the Seas was fantastic. Port Canaveral wasn't a very pleasant experience. We started our adventure by returning a rental car to Alamo. We had to wait in line for a shuttle bus to bring us to the port. It took 45 minutes to go 2.8 miles which should have taken six minutes, the port was very unorganized. Then standing in line to get on the ship was another hour. It was a rainy cold day for Florida. Finally on the ship

and we thought the crowd was overwhelming until the muster drill was over. Then the crowd thinned out. We had reserved shows for every night of our 7 day cruise on line, highly suggested. The first night the aqua show was cancelled apparently due to the weather. So far this sounds bad. But I have to say that we did our homework and had on board credits in excess of $400.00 by opening up two Royal Caribbean credit cards and charging the required amounts to get the credits, it was easy for us. The shows on the ship were outstanding, very talented performers. We enjoyed a show every night except the 1st. We missed the ventriloquist that was a replacement for a show cancelled due to tech. issues. . We had a scheduled early 5:30 dining. The food in the main dining room was excellent and our waiter Herb was the man, gracious, friendly and accommodating even when we showed up late to dinner. I even saw him assist diners with deshelling their lobster. We only ate in the Windjammer for a couple meals and the food was good. We found the Wipe out cafe a nice place to eat breakfast We had an interior stateroom. We didn't spend much time there. It was small but that is to be expected. It contained everything we needed for our week on board and housekeeping was more than sufficient. On another ship we were on the housekeeping kept us from entering our room while they were cleaning/vacuuming, that did not happen on this ship. We would have booked a balcony if we were able to smoke on the balcony. The shows were absolutely fantastic extremely talented performers. We missed only one show, the one that was cancelled and the other was rescheduled, but stuff happens. We went to the piano Schooner bar and had an enjoyable evening. We watched the Rising Tide bar, but we never got to ride on it, it stopped as it passed the piano bar for a few verses of "Sweet Caroline" that was fun. We are both smokers so we spent much time on deck 15. We met the regular smokers there and made some new friends, unfortunately they, some weren't having as great a time as we were. I would like to suggest that there should be some background music just to set the mood in the smoking area. We did enjoy a couple bands on deck 15 during the week. I don't even think I looked at the activities schedule. We had our excursions pre-set for days in port and used the casino as an alternate smoking place, deck 4, while at sea. No I didn't win, so that just added to the cost of the total cruise, but we had fun! We loved Labadee Haiti. The weather was perfect. We took the trolley to the market area and then walked to the Columbus beach. We bought some souvenirs and had lunch that was prepared by the ship. The water was clear and I enjoyed swimming/floating in the water. Lounge chairs were available and the view was gorgeous. We booked the Life of Bob Marley experience in Jamaica excursion through the ship online before sailing. We had a great time. The excursion said 7 hours which made us worry that we would be back before sailing but they had us back in about 5 hours and that included stopping for lunch, which was delicious. We booked an excursion through a 3rd party for Cozumel, Mexico. We went to El Cid for an all inclusive, food, drinks, pool, snorkeling and a very smalll beach. We met family there that happened to be in port the same day but on a different ship. It was a delightful day, although I found out that I don't know how to snorkel. My husband and I had an altogether great time on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. Can't wait to go sailing again. Hope to be able to go with our six grown adult/ children, their significant others and possibly our grandchildren next time. Bon Voyage! PS. Port Canaveral was a crowded mess getting on and off the ship as well. This is the only port we have ever sailed from and never experienced the confusion that we did for this sailing. I don't have another port to compare it to as of now. Maybe in a future review

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Sep 16, 2016

Caribbean

I took my family on oasis of the seas, it was very good , my waiter Darvin from Trinidad was very nice, my sou-waiter itentu (Java ) was perfect he alway have a smile on his face. Java told us about where he from, very pleasant man. Our house keeper Sam very nice . We planned on going back to the chip just because of those wonderful people . At the end of our vacation my 7 year old boy wants to take Darvin and Java with us. They like a family member

to us . Thank u very much for your service , hope to see u soon. The coconut shrimp, the lobster tail, the lamb was good Nice cabin, no body lotion but the housekeeper gave us some Fly with me was great, the oasis dancers rocked!‘ No professional photographer at the jet ski site when we were there. Good experience overall. September 12 was my husband birthday . We had a lot of fun , hope to see u soon!!!

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Jan 2, 2016

Eastern Carib

Cruise was fine for the most part. Found the staff to be overwhelmed with too many things, not concerned with many passenger comments or concerns. Ship was too large for personal service. Water shows were cancelled until the last night. Reservations were NOT honored. Unable to enter the casino due to HEAVY SMOKING. Food was just OK -- nothing special. Found many meat items in the dining room to be cooked very well - even if ordered

rare. Was told that is the only way it is cooked. Waiters seemed overworked - the assistant waiter, did not fully understand english. On one occasion, I ordered coffee after the meal, he took a cup from a table that just finished eating and placed other items on top of the cup, and proceeded to use it at my table. In addition - gave me regular instead of decaf. Menu items were the same daily -- just the "cover-up" sauce was different. Items arrived cold - Stateroom was clean and a nice size. Lots of activities -- many were at the same time - Reservations were not honored for shows. I stay away from ship shore excursions. Overpriced and really don't offer what is listed. Mainly for relaxation -- but it rained a lot of the trip. Food was OK -- nothing special. Lines were long - especially for the buffet and elevators. Service was OK -- many times slow.

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Jun 14, 2015

Caribbean

MOHAMMED STATEROOM ATTENDANT - EXCELLENT! MOHAMMED AT GUEST SERVICES EXCELLENT! GIRLS AT STARBUCKS VERY WARM AND FRIENDLY. Boat staff in general were warm and helpful, ship was clean and kept incredibly well, kids area fantastic. Unfortunately however, overall we did not have the greatest experience on this cruise (which was my first cruise however my husband and his family have been on MANY cruises before, all around the world.)

The biggest issue for us has been some situations involving our belongings and the responses we have received. When we arrived, our flight had been delayed (Delta from NYC) and as a result our luggage did not arrive. We were without luggage until Tuesday when we docked in Jamaica. The merchandise available on the ship was incredibly limited, especially considering the size of the ship and the reputation of Royal Caribbean. There was nothing - not a hat, a swimsuit or even a t-shirt for my 11 month old daughter. Mohammed from guest services was kind enough to arrange a complimentary pack of diapers in her size. For myself and my husband the selection was very poor. There was one swimsuit available on the entire ship in my size. I was told that merchandise had not been restocked in a number of weeks. The same went for my husband. We had expected an exciting and luxurious array of summer merchandise to purchase and were totally disappointed. There was not so much as a pair of clean underwear to buy. And for a summer cruise I would have expected at the very least, many swimsuit and cover-up options, as well as dresses for elegant evening etc. We had to wear our clothes from the plane for 3 days. Disappointing. Finally we met our luggage in Jamaica. Our car seat arrived with a crack through the center. Assuming this is the airlines fault but still we are not certain. Furthermore, only two pieces of our luggage actually made it to our room, along with two pieces of another guests luggage!!! It took a number of hours to actually locate our remaining luggage which had been incorrectly delivered to another guests room. By this stage it was Tuesday night. (As a side note Mohammed from guest relations was incredibly helpful and diligent at this time and even called our room to apologize for the mistake. He was on top of our case from the time we boarded and in contact with the airline to make sure our luggage would be delivered.) Upon debarking the ship in FL we opted for the valet program. We left our 4 pieces of luggage outside our room according to the instructions outlined. We returned to NY on Delta without a hint that their should be any issue. When we arrived however, we discovered that our luggage HAD NEVER BEEN DELIVERED TO THE AIRLINE!!! Of course it took a number of hours to work this out. We had to pay the driver who had arrived to pick us up when the plane landed even though we never took the car because we were delayed for so long looking for our bags. We had an exhausted baby, who needed to get home to eat and sleep. And we were AGAIN looking to locate our luggage. Finally Delta said since the bags had been "Voided" there was nothing more they could do. We returned to Manhattan - now stuck in Sunday afternoon traffic which added an hour to our trip with a screaming baby in the car. And no luggage. Meanwhile my husband had called Royal Carribean 3 times. The first time someone fairly unhelpful said they would "look into it" - they didn't give any time frame or expectation as to when we should receive a response. Their reaction was as though we had left a tooth brush on the boat - not the concerned, helpful or apologetic response we would expect for 4 missing pieces of luggage, INCLUDING a baby stroller and ALL our summer clothes, elegant evening wear that we need for a wedding, shoes, toiletries, medicines etc. We received no return phone call. He called a second time an hour later - The same woman told him "I don't have any more information, you will have to call back on Monday". By this stage we were seriously concerned that our luggage was lost or stolen. He called a third time - He spoke to someone different. He got the same standard response. My husband urged the representative to do more, so he called the warehouse. My husband insisted to wait on the phone, and after some time he said "they have found one piece." Only at my husbands insistence they kept looking and managed to find the other 3 pieces. So we were relieved to have located all 4 items. Unfortunately we were told to call back on MONDAY to arrange for shipping, that we could expect around WED at the earliest. WEDNESDAY?!!! As i mentioned, it is all our summer clothing, toiletries, baby gear and a stroller - how are we supposed to go from Sat - Wed without that?! My husband asked to speak to a supervisor - none available. He finally convinced the man on the phone to allow him to speak to the person in the warehouse. The woman in the warehouse was slightly more helpful. She explained there was really no way to get the luggage to Delta to be flown out that day (Sat) but that we could request it to be sent via UPS "next day delivery" on Monday. So the earliest we can expect to receive our luggage is Tuesday. We are extremely dissapointed and angry. Firstly at the complete incompetence to deliver according to the valet promise. Secondly at the mediocre, unhelpful and unconcerned response we have received. We were offered no reassurance at any point and had we not insisted on more investigation, we still would not be sure as to the whereabouts of our personal belongings. We have also received no explanation as to WHY the pieces never made it to the airport. NOT ACCEPTABLE from a company of your reputation and size. Not acceptable from Royal Caribbean. We have had to go out and purchase personal belongings to merely make do for the weekend. So far this has come to approximately $1000 US; This does not even come close to covering what we really need for the next few days. Things like a baby stroller and a hairdryer, cosmetics, clothing etc. We also had to pay TWICE for car services from JFK to Manhattan as the first we couldn't make. We are completely inconvenienced by this, financially put out and not to mention the extreme aggravation and stress that has been endured during what was supposed to be a relaxing week. Needless to say we have come away with a very bad taste, and are waiting for Monday when we can start to follow up with your staff as to how they plan to get the luggage to us. Combined with the fact that the ports (in particular Haiti and Jamaica) were BEYOND disappointing (totally inauthentic tourist experience) it was overall not a great experience for my first cruise.

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Nov 25, 2014

Eastern Caribbean

The ship was MASSIVE! It was clean and the service was great for such a large ship. The clientele was something to be desired. Guests on the ship were rude and uncivilized. Not everyone, but most. I mean grown men were yelling CANNON BALL as they jumped into the pool. Um, there are other people around that want to relax, HELLO! Breakfast: eggs were tasteless in the main dining room, Solarium and the Windjammer. The smoked salmon was very good

as well as the croissants. The other pastries were dry. There were muffins in the Solarium in the morning and they were good. Lunch: salad in central park was nice, but not great, the Solarium was a little fresher then the windjammer. Did go to any other places for lunch. Dinner was the best food overall. We ate in Silk every night, but 1. That night we ate in 150 Central Park. While it was good, it was not better than the main dinning room and we had to pay extra for it. We went on 1/2 price night, so it was $20 instead of $40. Silk was pretty good. The service was great and the head manager was overly friendly and made sure our meals were at it's best. The candy store has stale/old candy. I didn't know until I bought some gummies and they just were not fresh. I didn't say anything, I mean Why at that point? My teens liked the hot dogs on the boardwalk. We also got a snack sized slice of pizza most late afternoon in Sorento on deck 5. It was only OK, but eatable. While I didn't starve, the food overall was only OK. Our room had a balcony. It was great to sit on it to relax, since the pool deck was a bit too crazy for us. The room was clean and spacious for a ship room. Our Stateroom attendant was so kind and even checked in on my daughter when she was feeling sick one day. he knew her by name, which I was quite impressed about. The room had a TV which was by the sofa area. We like to watch in bed and the TV didn't move enough for us to see from the bed. not a huge deal, but worth a mention. The bed was quite comfortable, which we were surprised. There were so many activities that you can't possibly do them all. Our group liked the boardwalk for kids time around 3-ish. or was it 4? I forget. At the boardwalk there was face painting, a carousel, hot dogs and crew members with pirate games and other games each day. Plus there were character like Shrek that came so you can take your photo with them. There was ice skating, but only in the morning. My group ate breakfast late and wanted to go right to the pool. I think that there should have been an iceskating session in the afternoons. We did the flow rider, which was a lot of fun. The younger kids did Put Put and seemed to really enjoy that. The guests seemed to flock to the "sales". Stores or kiosks would have a "sale" and people went MAD! It was ridiculous. The only show we went to was Frozen. It was nice. We decided to have dinner late on the other nights and make that our evening instead. The excursions were expensive. Some of us went to Atlantis with the excursion, while others not knowing they could do this until later, went to Atlantis on their own for MUCH less! We ended up doing our own thing the other 2 stops and had a much cheaper and nicer time. We even found a little food cart in St.Thomas with the best burger EVER! Overall it was not our kind of trip. We can't understand why people love it so much.

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Feb 7, 2014

Eastern Caribbean

I would rate this ship/cruise a B- to C+. We were drawn to the cruise for the ports of call and activities on board and on land. I was concerned about the size of the boat, but the crowds were handled fairly well. If you like to walk around and view the water--this is not the ship to take. The only place on board you can do this is the top deck which is almost entirely in the sun. The promenade deck has been turned into an enclosed running track

with only a few 20-foot open areas to look at the sea. The inner open area is interesting but very noisy. Service was excellent in the main dining room at dinnertime and also with the cabin attendants. Staff was great in general-only met one rude person. Ship was clean and in good repair. Quite a few activities, but many didn't live up to hype. Perhaps a smaller ship would be better with RC. I would recommend Holland Lines instead. (And no, this review isn't paid for by Holland!) Food in the dining room at dinnertime was excellent!! Unfortunately, food on the rest of the ship was poor. Buffets during the rest of the day tended to be lower quality. The only other options were the specialty restaurants that cost quite a bit. We ate at Chops and the food and service were excellent. Crew would regularly recommend these places to the point of RC sounding like they just wanted people to spend more money. Ironically this is the 1st cruise we've lost weight! The cabin was nice but smaller than expected. Space isn't used as well as on other ships. The room never cooled properly. Even left on high cool--the room was very humid and didn't get comfortable until the early morning hours. Bed was comfy and could be split into 2 twins if preferred. The tv was used as an activities and information kiosk. It worked okay but tended to be very slow and not too user friendly. For Wi-Fi users packages are available but they are super pricey. Better to stick to text messages thru your own provider. The ship also rents out walkie-talkies to keep track of family members while on-board. Comedians were great. Spouse liked the water show and acrobats. Zip line is maybe 100 feet long with a drop of 10 feet. Not really worth doing. Surf areas okay but as soon as you fall off board you get out. So after a 30 minute wait you get 10-15 seconds of board time. For people who did well, they could stay on a little longer. As a side note one of the women surf assistants had quite a mean streak--if someone was doing well, she would purposefully knock them off balance. The rock wall was good, but was closed often due to getting too hot from direct sun. Spa-massage--not very good , high-priced and high-pressure sales. The $10.00 sales events had some good deals for gift giving. Nassau-Seahorse Sailing and Snorkeling-okay overall. Crew was very nice and catamaran fine. The area we went to was okay-had good sponges and fans in pretty colors. Not many varieties of fish. Much of the reef looked dead or diseased. We had 1 foot swells to snorkel in which was okay for us, but there were several non-swimmers aboard. It was not a safe area for novice snorkelers. St Thomas-Scuba dive of ship-wreck-okay. Boat for transport arrived 2 hours late to pick up divers! They still did the listed dives but time was significantly shortened. Water was quite murky--poor conditions. Also did Best of St. Thomas and Shopping-waste of time and $. Small open-air bus. People were hit with passing branches going around curves. We weren't allowed to get out at several viewpoints-the guide would get out and describe the area while pointing. Don't bother with this one! St Maarten Island Tour--Awesome! Air conditioned bus with very knowledgable guide. Went to both French and Dutch sides of island. Iguanas sitting in the treetops. Fun and informative.

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Dec 20, 2013

cozumel

overall it was a good experience. Staff was amazing. food superb. My grouse was every thing was prepaid to make my vacation hassle free as was advertised. On the last night of the cruise we were bombarded with advertisement about tipping. Envelopes were given out by the stateroom attendant. and generally a feeling of guilt was felt even though I paid my gratuity up front. I cost us a lot of extra money. I was on this same cruise last year and

we paid our gratuity and that was it. now they are applying pressure for u to pay twice great food and service fair entertainment on the ship fair amount of activities

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Jul 22, 2013

Western Carribian

Our 1st & last cruise, so many people on this ship you couldn't get into the pool while it was scorching hot. The time it was pleasant is when people would leave to go on excursions. The food was awful, very bland and I'm not a picky eater either. I only could eat in the main dining room twice after 1 night of almost being trampled on by a bunch of unruly teenage girls, that was the last. Nice. Great if you had kids, but did not

want to deal with the crowds so we stayed away. This was overpriced for what you get & we went with a bunch of friends and others felt it was not worth it .

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Jun 29, 2013

Western Caribbean

This was a 3-generation cruise and was positively phenomenal for each and every one...from the ultra-easy boarding, to the 4 fine staterooms (all balconies). Staff were positively wonderful, including Demetro our steward and Julius at the Trellis bar...plus 99% of all others. We never felt crowded with 5,400 others on board. The older ones of us probably liked Central Park the best; although the Viking Crown Lounge was a close 2nd. Never had a problem

finding a sun lounge chair. The mid-age group loved the variety of things to do and entertainment. The younger group of 5, from 12-15 years old, loved being able to go off on their own, held a mini golf tournament daily, loved the Wave Rider, zip line, etc. Always had soft ice cream multiple times a day. Adults bought the drink package - well worth it. The dining room was able to accommodate all 13 of us at 1 table .. we had "My Time Dining". There are venues on the ship I never saw; it is so enormous, but absolutely fantastic. For us, the ship itself and being together made the cruise... The food was good, not gourmet, but lots of choices for all meals in the various dining options. Typically did the Windjammer or Park restaurant for breakfast; always dining room for dinner.. the dinner menu always had meat, fish and pasta choices for dinner. Our waiters were wonderful, bringing special cheese plates for us to nibble on. The service was wonderful.. Folks said the Solarium was great for lunch... Sorrento's pizza was really good. We didn't do any specialty restaurants, although we considered it. We're just not sushi folks and didn't do the Italian, as there just wasn't time. We had breakfast room service - absolutely perfect and absolutely on time! Our stateroom was just fine. We love having a balcony; it opens up the room and a great place to relax, have breakfast or read a book, watching the world go by. Our stateroom attendant, Demetro, was wonderful and so very helpful. He went out of his way to be of help whenever we asked for something. There were plenty of hangers in the closet, which is sometimes an issue on a ship. And, adequate nooks and crannies for storing things. The 5 youngsters, ages 12-15, and all responsible, polite young people, loved all the activities - from miniature golf, to the zip line, to the Wave Rider and the shows. We never worried about their safety as they went off on the own much of the time. The adults had some fun in the casino and there were bars and drink venues I never even saw, but the ones I did had every type of music to suit anyone's pleasure. There are quiet places and noisy places - something for everyone. Those that used the Fitness Center thought it was great - plenty of equipment that was readily available. The jogging track was also a plus. We went to Labradee, Jamaica and Cozemel... The youngsters and the 40 year olds went snorkeling in Jamaica and loved it and paid to enjoy an hour at the water park in Labradee. Other than that we really didn't do excursions. We're not really shoppers, so other than a few trinkets, we mostly walked about. We felt entirely safe in Jamaica although we didn't stray too far from the ship. In Mexico we wandered around, found a cantina, enjoyed some chips and salsa and watched the world go by for a while. Then we found a spot not far from the ship where we could sit at tables with umbrellas while the teens swam, saw more fish and had a good time. I thought the excursions seemed expensive, especially when there were 13 of us... It was far beyond our hopes and dreams...

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Feb 14, 2013

eastern Caribbean

This was a very comfortable cruise. I was apprehensive to sail on this large of a ship, but never felt crowded and getting on and off the boat was faster and easier than our other two sailings. The cruise director on the Navigator and the Mariner were outstanding and really seemed to pull everyone on the boat together as family. No negative comments about this cruise director, there just didn't seem to be the same feel to this cruise. It may

be that this boat is just toooo big and too many neighborhoods to have that feel. I found the dining room food to be average and below the level that we have experienced before. We did the chef's table package and that was fantastic. A bit pricey, but with the wine pairings, level of food offerings and superior service it had a good value for us. I did enjoy 150 Central Park, but my wife did not care for the menu. Giovanni's table was fabulous and Chops was very good. Typically, Windjammer is not may favorite place to be just because of the shear number of people heading to the trough at once. However, the food was great and the fact that they had wait staff greeting you at the door, locating and busing tables made this the best experience of three cruises. Johnny Rockets was great. Breakfast in the main dining room one morning was great. Relaxing and fresh, warm eggs. If anyone has not yet tried the raisin bread, you are missing the best thing on the boat! New boat, new beds, new everything, it was wonderful. Balcony was nice. Headliner, ice show, Come fly with me and comedians were all excellent. Did not see Hairspray. The water show was outstanding. On formal night do not sit in the first 3 rows, you will get wet. I reserved all of our diner and show times before the cruise so we did everything we wanted when we wanted. This however, may be a little too structured for a vacation. I did like the size of the Voyager class ships where you could just walk into a show when you felt like it and found a good seat. St. Thomas morning we took a taxi to Megan's bay. Nice beach and good value at $13.00 per person. Afternoon we took the Turtle cove sail and snorkel on St. Thomas. The turtles are cute but the coral and fish are not that great in this area. The sail, however was fantastic. The sail crew team was great and the rum was good too. On St. Martin we took the Art tour. This was probably the best shore excursion that we have been on. We were on a small bus made for about 20 people. We only had 12 people on our bus so it was very comfortable. Our tour guide, Lisa, originally from the midwest, has lived on St. Martin since the 1980's so as we traveled the entire perimeter of the island, she provided some excellent insights to life and history of the island. We visited the homes and studios of 5 internationally know artist. Beautiful views for the sightseeing value alone. The variety of the artist work was a great mix. What we liked some others did not and vice versa. Water colors, oils, acrylics, sculpture, abstract, land/seascapes. All the artist were very welcoming and very personable. Prices from $10 to $5,000. This is not the island junk you see in a lot of ports. This is great art talent.

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Jan 21, 2013

Eastern Caribbean

This ship was amazing. There were over 6000 cruisers on board and over 2000 crew and staff. At first I thought that there were just too many people, but after a day or two things evened out and there seemed to be plenty of space for everyone. I gave the food service 3 stars. I guess those who gave less stars have great meals at home. I appreciate the gourmet quality given to each meal in the dining room. Needless to say it would take me all

day and lots of shopping and money to make the dishes that I enjoyed. It was nice to eat some gourmet food every night. Better than what I could make at home. My husband and I were very surprised at the size of our stateroom. It was an inside room and the biggest inside room we have ever experienced on a cruise ship. Our stateroom was bigger than our master bedroom. The bathroom was also large for a cruise ship. Our friends had a balcony room and it was about standard size for a balcony. Their balcony was larger than most I have seen. There is so much to do on board. Each cruise I enter the casino slot tournament and each cruise I manage to advance to the next round. Unfortunately I did not win any big prizes. There is a miniature golf course which we played often. I did the zip line although I often wonder why I tempt fate. Once you are out and zipping along we get the feeling that you could loose your grip and all would be lost. It's not that easy and you really are quite safe. You should give it a try once in your life. My husband and I are trivia buffs and love to play the trivia games. We did win one round and won a lovely hi-lighter pen ( genuine plastic). I love the way the Oasis organizes it's photos now. They are all put in each individuals own album so you do not have to spend half a day looking for yours on the wall. We did the beach and island tour in St. Thomas and the beach in St. Martin. On St. Martin there are vendors always coming up to your beach chair hawking their wares. I don't think I will do any more of the tours provided by the cruise line. I would much rather visit the few shops that are right off the ship and then spend the rest of the day on ship. We arrived by plane in Ft. Lauderdale at about 2:00 PM and took a taxi to the port. The cost is about $13. There were no lines and we went right up and registered. Even though there were 6000 people on board it only felt crowded the first night at dinner when everyone was trying to find their dining room and their table. After that it never did seem crowded. There are so many venues to attend and that keeps everyone from being all in one place at one time. The shows were great. The first few nights they were booked up but they have the same shows at least 3 times a week so if you wait till later in the week you will have no problem getting in to see all of them. The Boardwalk is unique and lots of fun for the little ones. There is a merry go round and often ( but not always ) there is a man making balloon animals for the kids. He was great with the children and it was fun just to watch him interact with the children. The aqua show was fantastic. No dolphins, but very talented swimmers and divers. The Oasis sports the deepest pool in the line at over 17 feet. The service was wonderful. Our waiter Yatin and assistant waiter Iketut were so efficient and very gracious. Our room steward always supplied us with ice twice a day and entertained us with towel animals. This was a great cruise. We loved every minute. Just wished we could stay longer.

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Jan 14, 2013

Caribbean

Actually, I'm a cruise ship musician and have been for over 30 years, so I probably shouldn't be contributing an opinion here, but I've just come off the OASIS OF THE SEAS, and I have to write that after well over 40 ships, this is by far the most breath-taking. My personal favorite "neighborhood" is Central Park, where I spent many non-working hours, reading, people-watching, breathing fresh air. Of all the neighborhoods on the ship, this

was definitely my favorite. As a musician, I'm sensitive to ambient music, and this was the one area of the ship (accessible to me) with little to no background music. I have never understood why everywhere you go you have to have recorded music in the background...sometimes in the foreground! Even in Central Park, music from the Chops Grille restaurant was playing, even when the restaurant was closed! Cruise lines should provide some areas where there is peace and quiet! But all in all, the OASIS is definitely an oasis! Good to very good. Chops Grille of course is amazing. The lobster tails in the Seafood Shack were hard to eat because they weren't separated from the shells, as they are in most seafood restaurants. Pizza at Sorrento's was very good. The Windjammer served a wide variety of food, and I never had a disappointing meal there. Tiny, but my cabin was in the crew area. But even by crew standards it was way too small for two people, particularly for musicians who provide their own wardrobe. Musicians don't get staterooms, but apparently and from what I observed by looking in open doors when stateroom attendants were cleaning, the guest accommodations were very good. The loft suites are beautiful. Loud! As a long-time cruiser (albeit as a musician, not as a guest), I often don't bother going ashore, having been to most of the ports countless times. A ship like the OASIS has so many amenities, though, that I enjoyed just being on board.

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Jan 9, 2013

eastern caribbean

This was our 1st family cruise and overall we all had a great time. My wife and I were a little worried that the kids would get bored or feel confined on the ship. Then we boarded. Oh....my....God...the ship was huge. It is truly like a floating city. The kids had a blast at the Adventure Ocean kids club which me and my wife wife some time to hang out by ourselves. The pool area was always kept clean and kids had a blast in the kids pool and the

whirlpools. I didn't mind the whirlpools myself. The free ice cream by the pool was absolutely delicious too. The kids also loved meeting all the Dreamworks Characters as they strolled through the various parts of the ship. Overall the food was delicious. The only time the food was less than awesome was during the kids breakfast with the Dreamworks Characters. The waffles were horrible and the pancakes were tasteless. The buffet at the WindJammer Cafe was the kids favorite. There was a massive selection of foods from all over the world. The Main Dining room had tasty food too. There was a pizza place on board too that the kids enjoyed. The staterooms were very tidy and clean and the housekeepers were wonderful. They always made sure the room was stocked with clean towels and linen. The bed was very comfortable too. We had an outside room that faced Central Park. I was an awesome view for not facing the ocean. The room was very quiet. The only thing that might have been better is the bathroom. As many ships, the bathrooms in the staterooms are very tiny. Although we chose to not really do anything adventurous we still had a blast. All the shows except for the ABBA tribute band were excellent. The ice show was surprisingly fun even though the rink was pretty small. Hairspray was excellent. We even watched a movie with the kids one huge outdoor video screen. Oh, the dive show was really cool too. If your adventurous the zipline looked really cool, personally I was a little chicken. Our shore excursions were fun too, although my wife thought that Nassau was a little chilly for the beach. Still we saw dolphins play and then played on the beach there. In St. Thomas, we went to a marine zoo and saw sharks, sting rays, coral reef, and even iguanas. Then we went the beach again. The water there was perfectly clear-blue! I'm from Chicago and Lake Michigan is filthy but there in St. Thomas I could see the sand squishing between my toes at 4 feet deep. Last stop was St. Maarten. This was a beautiful town full of culture and jewels. There were jewelry stores on every corner. This was a cruise we will never forget.

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By eli_CR

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Oct 30, 2012

eastern

just return from a sailing. all in all we had a nice time. we cruise often and are doing so mostly with royal and celebrity (diamond/elite members). we noticed few things on this sailing that were lacking but they are mostly minor (midnight buffet which we personally dont care for, any music & especially live music during dinning times, promenade etc) yes, the ship also has couple of new locations that are nice to walk and they have

few new sports features. the aqua pool provides new water show which was nice (a little like "O" from cirque de soleil but far far below in quality and showmanship!) all in all the reason i give 2 starts and the reason i write this review so others can know and make their own decision - we felt and spoke to many other frequent cruisers that all agreed and felt the same. all those new extra features and the hype about the oasis / allure class are not such big deal at all. the over all cruise experience is very much the same if you take oasis class ship or freedom class ship and even older classes the Huge price difference of 30%-60% premium to this class sailing is absolutely not worth it!!! we also wanted to try the Oasis for few years and finally caved in and payed the huge price premium. might as well go on 2 cruise vacation on a freedom class....or use the money to dine in specialty restaurant (which have also gotten way way too expensive....what started as a symbolic fee to avoid crowds and over bookings became a money grab with most restaurants charge $30 per person plus gratuities and some on celebrity even $40 plus gratuities - which works out to $100 per couple!), buy gifts to family members, duty free items whatever, i cant blame RCI too much. they are in the business to make money. i too was willing to pay all those extra fees, such as this sailing, specialty restaurant etc i just feel in recent years this all cash grab is getting way out of hand. till we will demand more they wont stop. regarding specialty restaurant - trust me the food in those restaurant which is mostly very good is not that much better then the main dinning room which is 100% FREE! It is not worth paying a premium of $75 on average for such dinning experience. with this money you can take your wife for nice dinner when you are back home. on the oasis they have a cupcake shop where they charge for a cupcake i think $3 or $4!!! the ship is full of many cakes all over the place, dinning room, buffet, cafe promenade (which is next door over from this shop) sorrento pizza and others....they even have a donuts shop and it is all all free of charge!!! why would RCI charge for a cupcake and why in the hell will any of you pay for one where there are so so many free cakes every step you take. cupcake does not cost more to produce then a cheese cake or a chocolate souffle which you can always get and eat till you drop!!! regardless of all of the above which is specific, our major disappointment was mainly due the high expectations we had which were not met at all probably due in part to the high price difference in the cruise sale price. I wish i read such a review before so i could have made a better decision food was very good as always. we loved and appreciated the new menu items and almost daily there was a new item we had never tried before. great for frequent cruisers like us cause the same old boring menu was getting old AAA. stateroom was very small. in fact we payed extra for a larger interior room and we felt it was not at all larger then any room we have seen. i cant imagine how small the regular rooms must be! they were sub par and less impressive in quantity and quality to what we usually see

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By eli_CR

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Oct 30, 2012

eastern

just return from a sailing. all in all we had a nice time. we cruise often and are doing so mostly with royal and celebrity (diamond/elite members). we noticed few things on this sailing that were lacking but they are mostly minor (midnight buffet which we personally dont care for, any music & especially live music during dinning times, promenade etc) yes, the ship also has couple of new locations that are nice to walk and they have

few new sports features. the aqua pool provides new water show which was nice (a little like "O" from cirque de soleil but far far below in quality and showmanship!) all in all the reason i give 2 starts and the reason i write this review so others can know and make their own decision - we felt and spoke to many other frequent cruisers that all agreed and felt the same. all those new extra features and the hype about the oasis / allure class are not such big deal at all. the over all cruise experience is very much the same if you take oasis class ship or freedom class ship and even older classes the Huge price difference of 30%-60% premium to this class sailing is absolutely not worth it!!! we also wanted to try the Oasis for few years and finally caved in and payed the huge price premium. might as well go on 2 cruise vacation on a freedom class....or use the money to dine in specialty restaurant (which have also gotten way way too expensive....what started as a symbolic fee to avoid crowds and over bookings became a money grab with most restaurants charge $30 per person plus gratuities and some on celebrity even $40 plus gratuities - which works out to $100 per couple!), buy gifts to family members, duty free items whatever, i cant blame RCI too much. they are in the business to make money. i too was willing to pay all those extra fees, such as this sailing, specialty restaurant etc i just feel in recent years this all cash grab is getting way out of hand. till we will demand more they wont stop. regarding specialty restaurant - trust me the food in those restaurant which is mostly very good is not that much better then the main dinning room which is 100% FREE! It is not worth paying a premium of $75 on average for such dinning experience. with this money you can take your wife for nice dinner when you are back home. on the oasis they have a cupcake shop where they charge for a cupcake i think $3 or $4!!! the ship is full of many cakes all over the place, dinning room, buffet, cafe promenade (which is next door over from this shop) sorrento pizza and others....they even have a donuts shop and it is all all free of charge!!! why would RCI charge for a cupcake and why in the hell will any of you pay for one where there are so so many free cakes every step you take. cupcake does not cost more to produce then a cheese cake or a chocolate souffle which you can always get and eat till you drop!!! regardless of all of the above which is specific, our major disappointment was mainly due the high expectations we had which were not met at all probably due in part to the high price difference in the cruise sale price. I wish i read such a review before so i could have made a better decision food was very good as always. we loved and appreciated the new menu items and almost daily there was a new item we had never tried before. great for frequent cruisers like us cause the same old boring menu was getting old AAA. stateroom was very small. in fact we payed extra for a larger interior room and we felt it was not at all larger then any room we have seen. i cant imagine how small the regular rooms must be! they were sub par and less impressive in quantity and quality to what we usually see

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Sep 14, 2012

Eastern Caribbean

My family and I just got back. Very nice ship, and we've been on a lot of RCCL cruises. This one really is like a floating city. We liked the shows and most of the food. But we thought it would be smooth sailing because there were no storms or rough waters, but the ship rocked the whole time and it was really rough. My daughter threw-up twice. I can't understand why it was like that. This is my 5th cruise and even when we were skirting a storm

last year on a different RCCL ship, it wasn't nearly this rough. There was a rumor going around that it was the Captain's fault. Something about he wasn't using the stabilizers. Many cruisers were talking about this and were very upset, it wasn't just us. This cruise was very expensive and if it had been smoother sailing we would have had a much better time. Very good food, lots of choices. Very nice cabin and big enough. Lots to do as far as activities, that's for sure, but we missed a lot. Didn't do any excursions - we were on our own schedule. Again, this is a very nice ship but after swaying back and forth for a week I think it must be one of the poorest built. Or maybe it's true the the Captain was making it sway more than it had to be. I'm glad to be on solid ground and will not cruise on this ship again.

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Jun 18, 2012

eastern Caribbean

The Oasis is a miracle of a ship. With 6000 passengers it never seemed crowded or overwhelming. The food was always fresh, the service was always friendly. It was relaxing and yet there was so much to do, quality entertainment that defied cruise ship traditions, 24 restaurants to choose from, 20 lounges, great places to escape the crowds, fun events, lovely areas to stroll, lots of late night activities, live music everywhere, even good shopping and

prices. Here is some cost info: Dewars on the rocks $6.25 + 15% service, around $7 Absolute and Cranberry $5.75 + service Cosmopolitan martini $9.25 plus 15%, $10.60 or so Gin and Tonic, $6.25+ Lichee Martini special, $7.50, keep the glass Wine started around $7 per glass and went up to $55 per glass, with bottles being much more. Beers ranged from $5-7 per glass plus service. Drink of the day, $6.25 and you keep the glass Cupcakes $2.50 $24.95 Surf and turf ordered in the dining room available every day $2.50, hot chocolate in the café $3.85, hot chocolate at starbucks, including service $135, cheapest wine package, includes five bottles of wine drank at your own pace Great prices on alcohol in the duty free shop Jewelry store offers high-end watches at very good prices SOLARIUM BREAKFAST AND LUNCH The solarium features a large array of fruits, cold and hot cereals, lots of stuff to put in oatmeal, Turkey bacon, pancakes, grilled vegetables, yogurt confections, prunes, figs, great breads and low-fat delicious muffins, juices, amazing service and such friendly waiters. We waited about a second for a table and breakfast was delightful. Our waiter was very friendly, as everyone is, and the experience upstairs was great. I ate like a king and barely ingested 500 calories. Lunch was equally as good. The choices included lots of salads and salad bar fixings, several hot entrees, always delicious and sugar free desserts. We ate there every day. Izumi We paid $10 per person, $5 of which would apply to our dinner costs. Everything was ala carte with prices ranging from $2 for a bowl of soup to $23 to a five course sampling menu. I had tuna sashimi appetizer for $6, and it was nice, but very plain, just five thinly sliced pieces of tuna. We ordered the hot rock dinner and it was quite bad. A very hot stone comes out with about 3 ounces of raw chicken which you place on the rock to cook. It was very plain but came with three good sauces. It was barely an appetizer for $8. I had the sashimi for my main course and it was very small but very fresh and tasty. The dinner comes with free endamame which was great. After the meal the waiter brought over an after dinner cordial we thought he was offering us. We didn't want it and declined, only to find out had we taken it, it would have cost us $8 per glass. We didn't say anything but they really should inform a guest that they will charge for something that appears to be complimentary. It was overpriced for very little food. WINDJAMMER BUFFET We only at there for dinner, but ate one lunch there as well. It was always crowded but every single time we got a seat by the window. And to dispel reviews that disparage the food, we were thrilled with the huge variety and how delicious everything was. At every dinner meal there were at least 10 different entree choices, lots of vegetable choices, salads soup, carved meats. Only the desserts were a bit boring (which made us happy!) but one night they had a banana cream chocolate pie that was amazing. We loved the food, yes it is a buffet but there were never lines for anything and it was so easy and relaxing to eat there with a beautiful view of the ocean. I have been on Princess, Norwegian, Crystal and Celebrity and this was easily the best buffet in all aspects. We had a balcony cabin. It was very cozy. Not large but very functional and comfortable. The bathroom at first seemed larger than most cruises I have been on and the shower, while tight, seemed fine. However, upon taking a shower, I realized there was not enough room to dry oneself or move much. Given the girth of some of the passengers I saw onboard, I wondered how they managed at all. The toilet is wedged in as well and presents interesting but not insurmountable challenges. There was a flat screen TV with many channels including CNN but there really wasn't much to watch. There was a sofa, desk and closet with shelves and plenty of hangars. There was a small safe, NOT big enough for a computer or an ipad. The balcony had a table and two chairs and was small but sufficient. I wanted a suite, but honestly, to spend thousands of more dollars for some extra room seems like a waste of money when the balcony cabin was just fine. We peeked in on a grand suite and it was really not that big. I would have been upset had I paid $8000 for that vs. $2200 for our balcony. OASIS OF DREAMS SHOW Then we went to the Oasis of Dreams Aqua Theatre show. We arrived 30 minutes early and the entire middle section was packed already. We sat on the side and it was fine. They have rows that alternate between comfortable lounge chairs and very uncomfortable benches. We tried a bench in the center first, but it was not comfy at all so we moved to a lounger on the side. We ordered a few more drinks and waited. The place filled up and the show began. I couldn't see much over the head of the person in front of me, but much of the show was aerial or staged high above the water, so it was OK. The show was fun, not really much substance, just a lot of high diving and gymnastics, but the cast was great, very fit, very good at what they did, and it was a nice 45 minute diversion. After, the crowd poured out into the Boardwalk area and for the first time I felt the weight of so many people upon me. But it was quickly over as the crowd dissipated. HAIRSPRAY We were lucky enough to be on the ship the night the cast of Hairspray was live on the Tony Awards. It was a lot of fun being part of that and the show after, which started at 11pm was very good. It was a 90-minute reader's digest version of the Broadway show, but all the good songs were there. There were entire sections that were redone for the shorter version, and for someone who had never seen the Broadway show, it might be a bit confusing as most of the book was gone and segues left out lots of information, but the talent was excellent and the energy was great. Only the guy playing Edna was sub-par. He wasn't funny at all and every one of his lines landed flat. COMEDY CLUB We saw two acts, Kivi something was the second act, and he was truly hilarious. This guy is going to be a big star. His set was easy, natural and achingly funny. The other guy was just OK. The club is nice, small and fun to see comedy. Highly recommended. HAIRSPRAY CAST ROCK AND ROLL SHOW Six members of the Hairspray cast performed a 35 minute set of tunes with a big band. If this show is offered, don't miss it. They were incredible. COME FLY WITH ME A cirque du soliel inspired show, completely bizarre story that made no sense, but it didn't matter. The acts and dancing was great. The cast, same as the other shows, was fantastic, with songs, acrobatics that were amazing, flying through the air, wonderful visuals made for a very entertaining show very different from anything you would see on another cruise ship. ICE SHOW Fantastic. I didn't know what to expect but it was wonderful for all ages. The woman who does the improvisational sand designs is incredible and worth going just to see her. The skaters were first rate, with lots of triple axles, and beautiful costumes. Not sure about the story, but they basically use the Hans Christian Anderson stories to inspire costume and scenic ideas and then just skate beautifully. There are solos and duos. The show lasts about 45 minutes and is really terrific. DISCO PARTY The disco party was not something I thought I would go to, but I was on the Royal Promenade and it started. It was great fun. First they had two singers doing a set of disco tunes and they were great, followed by several crew members and the cruise director donning seventies gear dancing to the oldies. It was so much fun. Don't miss it. HEADLINER SHOW They had a five voice men's acapella group. Their gimmick was that they created all the sounds we heard with their voices. They were incredibly talented and amazingly versatile in creating instrumental sounds with their voices. But despite their talent their choice of material and their endless audience participation activities grew tiresome fast. I don’t go to see the audience sing and carouse, I want the performers to dominate. I realize many enjoy the participatory aspect, but I find it amateurish and irritating. I didn't do any excursions.But as for the ports: LABADEE We got off the ship at about 10am and took a walk around. There are lots of lovely beaches, three places to eat, lots of activities, a fearsomely long zip line from the tip of a mountain back to the beach. The island area is very disconnected from the rest of Haiti and could have been anywhere. But it was nice. We spent less than 20 minutes there and returned to the boat where we had the entire place to ourselves. There were five people in the gym, the Jacuzzis were empty heaven! The solarium Jacuzzis, always very busy, were empty, but the main pools seemed busy, but not packed. JAMAICA Terrible port - basically a shopping mall filled with T-shirt and jewelry shops made specifically for the cruise lines. There is a gated entrance into the city to keep the locals away. There is a shopping street immediately outside the gate and it is sketchy and a bit scary. Within 30 feet I was offered drugs, drug paraphernalia. We went out for a minute and returned immediately to the ship. This is a sad place, where the poverty of the island is very apparent and the segregation of those on the ship from the island people is obvious and uncomfortable. I have no idea why they stop here. But the ship was empty again, although not nearly as empty as in Labadee. I overheard many people talking about how bad the port was. COZUMEL My favorite port, or should I say, the only port that seemed safe and had something to do. We took a $7 taxi ride to the Forum Shops where we were able to use free internet. Then we strolled along the main street filled with jewelry, watch, souvenir and T-shirt shops, as well as many restaurants. Once done, we taxied back and had lunch. It is a fun port and worth a visit. The watch shops actually offer pretty good buys compared to buying full price FITNESS CENTER Work out time was around 10am on the first sea day. There was a lecture going on, very informative, about eating, losing weight, being healthy, nutrition. It was great background to my workout. The gym was packed. There were no lines for equipment, especially the nautilus stuff, but the aerobic machines were completely full. I had no problems doing my workout despite the crowds. I never had to wait for anything despite the throngs of people burning off their 1000 calories of desserts from the night before. There are dozens of treadmills, elliptical machines, bicycles with pilates machines, free weights and much more. Great gym. The lecturer tried to sell the audience on doing a test for $35 to indicate toxins in the body and also to buy the products they sell to detoxify. I didn't try it. There were several for a fee classes, including a cycling class for $15, a four-day half hour a day fitness boot camp for $120, Yoga for $15, Pilates for $25. They were all early in the day, too early for me. The instructors seemed knowledgeable but definitely weren’t interested in helping for free when I asked questions or for assistance. One woman fitness instructor actually looked at her watch as if to say I don't have time for you while I was asking a question. Very off-putting. One other minor complaint “ the machines had interactive screens and when using the elliptical I had to go through five machines to find one with a screen that worked. SPA We didn't use the spa but it looked very nice. They had specials on port days, starting at $99 and up for packages. A hot stone massage regularly was about $150 for 50 minutes. Everything in the spa was excessively expensive but it looked busy. They have a relaxation suite which is a sitting room, and three variations of hot and sauna rooms. One time use is $30, and $99 for the week. A lot of money for not much. THE SOLARIUM ON the 15th deck forward is the adults only solarium. For the most part the adults only restrictions are adhered to. It is a partially open air, fully sunny area with loungers, Jacuzzis, a cooling pool, and a second deck with more loungers and a bar. The solarium was very nice, and since it was on the front of the ship the view was spectacular. The Jacuzzis were ALWAYS packed full (all four) and the cooling pool was usually full. On sea days they were not somewhere I wanted to be, fighting for a spot in a pool was not my idea of relaxation. However, if you go after 5pm, the situation changes and there is no one there and everything is empty. They are available 24 hours a day. The seating consists of wire mesh loungers, and plenty of them, some padded seats with ottomans, which went quickly until 5pm, and then seven very nice padded wicker pods, that were never available. Upstairs there were the wire mesh loungers and some padded loungers that were in the sun, so you have to like being in the sunshine to enjoy them. There were tables on the porch of the restaurant under a flooring that were protected from sun and rain that were nice. Generally this was my favorite lounging spot and with persistence, a nice spot could always be found. POOLS The pools are all found on Deck 15, and there is a special area for kids with a circular lazy river pool, and several themed pools. There are two main pools, very small and always packed full and then four Jacuzzis in the pool area plus two cantilevered large Jacuzzis near the solarium and two more in the solarium. There are the wave riders that were very popular, and a small putting golf area, a full sized basketball court and several pool bars scattered around. There are a million loungers and half were always empty. There is also a smoker's area on 15 with the nicest loungers on the ship. Occasionally the aqua theatre pool was open for swimming as well. On sea days the pools were completely packed and not inviting at all. The Viking Crown Lounge After the workout and another delicious lunch at the Solarium, we found the Viking Crown Bar on the 17th floor. It was completely empty, and there were beautiful sofas at the big picture windows that looked out on the pool areas and the sea. We sat there all afternoon, lounging on the super comfy couches, reading. At 4pm a violin/piano duo started playing making it that much more heavenly. It's the place to go to escape the crowds and really unwind.

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By Sue_CR

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Apr 21, 2012

Western carribean

Outstanding ship that Is a must see. From boarding through disembarkation you feel completely taken care of and special among the 5500 other passengers. There is more to do than time during the week to do it. We sailed with three generations and never heard a complaint! After being in this shipp it is hard to imagine being happy on any other. The food was pretty standard in the dining room and windjammer. But, the real jewels are the

other venues for eating. The Chops Grille and Giovanni's which both have an additional charge were worth every penny. They are quiet, relaxing, small restaurants in Central Park. The service was outstanding and the food was not to be believed. It rivaled the finest Boston restaurants we have eaten at. There was also a great option of lunch in the Park Cafe where great, made to order salads were available. There was the Wipe Out Cafe that kept all the younger kids very happy. There was something at every turn. The staterooms are typical. We had a large outside balcony room. It was pretty tight and typical for the R.C. Cabins. It did however have a king sized bed that was the most comfortable bed we have slept on. Our son slept on a fold it couch that was about the size of a queen sized bed. Comfort was great but there was very little space to move once the couch was open. There are lots of nooks and crannies to put things but with 3 in the stateroom we found it hard to put clothes away and drawers were not accessible when the couch was open. Bathroom was fine and even though it was small it served its purpose. There are hundreds of activities on board. The daily Cruise Compass had listing from morning till night. We enjoyed all the shows, some were truly outstanding. The water show, ice show, and Come Fly With Me were breathtaking. The casino is quite large and never crowded. There were lots of kids activities that we saw happening but did not take part in. There was the zip line which is a blast and the wave boarding was a bit more strenuous and fun. Labadee was great! There is lots to do and we enjoyed a great day at the beach and kayaking. Due to the location of the dock in Jamaica it is a long ride to and from many of the excursions but there is a new lovely area to get off and do some shopping. R.C. And the Oasis staff did an maxing job making this a special ship and we felt as though the ship was a destination we are looking forward to returning to. Even though it is one of the largest ships afloat you do not feel that it is overwhelming. It was created in such a smart way that each section seems cozy. Getting around the ship was quite easy and there was a touch screen at every elevator to direct you. As cruising goes this is a ship not to be missed.

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Mar 27, 2012

Eastern Caribbean

We didn't get to go on our cruise.... I am writing this review to let everyone know about the superior customer service my family received from RCI during a very difficult time. Their customer service representative (Sue) was very professional and considerate and she went out of her way to help us. Our story starts on April 22,2011. We purchased our 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Oasis of The Seas with the sail date of March 24,2012.

On March 22,2012 when our bags were ready and sail passes printed – I ended up in an emergency room with acute small bowel obstruction, which if not treated is a life threatening condition. I had a major abdominal surgery performed the next day and needed to remain in a hospital for another several days. My son called RCI the same day and explained what had happened. He spoke with Sue and was asked to provide them with supporting documentation and advised that upon review of these documents RCI may be able to refund our money within 3 business days. I am finally home today and I was very happy to see that our refund has already been processed. I have already sent my thank you letter to Royal Caribbean International for understanding our situation and refunding our money. By doing it they proved to us that RCI is not only a Big Name. It is truly a remarkable corporation with equally remarkable customer service. As soon as I feel better – I will book the same 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the same ship :)

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Dec 27, 2011

eastern caribbean

I've been on several cruises. Different cruise lines. This was the 1st on Royal Caribbean. What a huge disappointment. Everyone was rating and raving about this new ship that was so big. Yes, it is big. But that adds no value to your cruise or your enjoyment. What does it add? A lot more people crowding the decks and crowing every space you go to. Like a flea market type of crowding. Nothing else. Now, lets proceed. The staff of this cruise, Oasis

of the Seas, was by far the most unprofessional staff I had ever encountered on a cruise. Usually on a cruise, you are constantly greeted with smiles and made to feel good where ever you go. Not on this ship. This staff is heavily overworked and it shows. The wait staff in the restaurant was not only unpleasant, but slow about doing everything. If you wanted another drink, you should bring your thermos.The way the this staff interacted with us felt too uncaring, like they were doing us a favor when we asked for things. It felt crappy. The ships biggest problem is that it has a shopping mall on deck 5. Literally. You don't feel like youre on vacation. You feel like you're in a mall with people constantly approaching you trying to sell you things. Oh, and kiss the days of a cruise being an "all-inclusive" vacation. I mean, everywhere you went you had to pay extra for your food, your drinks, whatever. I couldnt believe it. This ship is so commercialized... it really stank. They even added a Starbucks to the ship. Which probably would be cool if you didnt have to take out your wallet every time you wanted something. The internet service is a rip off scam. They sell you these packages for a lot of money and then your internet runs extremely slowly. They try to blame it on the ship being out at sea, but thats not the case. They are price guaging the people. There were several people complaining about this to guest services. The enjoyment factor on this cruise was non-existant. By the 3rd day we were so bored. Nothing left to do that wasnt already done. Overall, please save your vacation by going on a different cruise line!

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By GK_CR

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Dec 25, 2011

eastern carribean

We went with family who had been on the Oasis before and we had a great time. I know I will be repeating this a lot below, but we have 6 children and that makes taking a vacation different. We need double what an average family needs. We went on the Carnival Dream last year and had an easy vacation and a wonderful time and wanted to go on a cruise again for vacation. We picked the Oasis at the in laws request becasue they went before and loved

it. The boat is amazing and must be seen to be believed, but there is too much thinking, planning, and waiting than there was on the Dream. This would be a wonderful cruise for people who like planning ahead or waiting in lines, but not for us. I am not a "foodie" and I will eat just about anything. But the dining room food was average at best. The pork and chicken were always over cooked, but you have to realize that when cooking for 3000 people in a sitting compromises have to be made. The food in the smaller restaurants was amazing, including the buffet upstairs, though some of it had a surcharge. If we go again we would probably skip the dining room altogether. We have 6 children and needed 2 rooms. They were OK, but tight. We previously went on the Carnival Dream and had a "family state room " that had more storage and an extra half bath. If we go on the Oasis again I would not take the children or get a third stateroom. The cabin attendent was awesome. Never saw him, but the room was always clean and ready for the day or night. We are a large family, 2 adults and 6 children, and always have to plan ahead. This is why we like cruising. The last cruise was the Carnival Dream and what we liked was the fact that you could go where you wanted and do what you wanted. We decided at dinner to see the show after. On the Oasis, because there are so may people you have to plan ahead and get tickets or wait in line, If you are OK with planning the vacation ahead of time then the activites are amazing, but if you want to go on vacation and fly by the seat of your pants, this is not the ship for you. Loved the boat and the stops, Getting on and off the boat was painless. Overall, if you have a large family or group, I would look else where, unless you have someone in the group who likes to plan ahead. We had a great time and will be on a cruise again in the future, but if I am taking all 6 kids we are going on another boat.

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Dec 7, 2011

Eastern Caribbean

All in all this was a great cruise and I'm ready to sail the Oasis again. One thing is for certain: it is going to be extremely difficult to ever go back to a ship that's not an Oasis class! This ship has spoiled me. Take the Oasis: you won't be disappointed. It is truly an amazing vessel. Where to start? It's no secret that I think RCI has the worst food of any cruise line. I'm sad to say that the Oasis is no different. The food is just not

good. The food in the main dining room was edible but not very tasty. I made a point to try everything on the "available every night" menu. The sirloin steak was adequate but had a weird texture. The roasted chicken was moist and tasty. Only the salmon was actually inedible and I had to order something else. Some of the menus were better than others, and some of the selections were better than others. Sugar free ice cream is offered in the dining room every night and the flavor changes daily. Food is subjective but RCI still has the worst food in the business. The Windjammer buffet is absolutely disgusting, and I do not say that lightly. I took photos of the food and I wish I could post them here because a pictures really is worth a thousand words! The food was cold, bland and generally unappetizing. The Windjammer has the same soups / desserts as the main dining room on most nights so if there's something you liked at dinner, stop by the buffet if you need a midnight snack! Sorrento's pizza had a good variety of pizzas and a made to order pizza bar. Promenade Cafe had poor quality cold sandwiches and desserts. Solarium Bistro had good vegetable options at their lunch buffet and a decent salad bar. Room Service was okay. The spinach dip and caesar salad were the best items on the menu. Avoid breakfast; we ordered it once and the bacon was served practicaly raw. The Boardwalk donut shop was really bad, but it was free. The roast beef in the Park Cafe was good and I enjoyed the tossed to order salads (these salads aren't as good as the tossed to order salads in the main dining room at lunch time; go there and get big shrimp and premium ingredients like roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes and more). The service here was exceptional as well. We couldn't get reservations at most of the specialty restaurants but we did get to go to Giovanni's Table and Johnny Rockets several times. The food at Giovanni's was very, very good. Johnny Rockets had typical burgers but it was fun to munch on them while sitting out on the Boardwalk. Service was stellar at both. The best kept secret on the Oasis is Vintages, the wine bar! They have an extensive tapas menu of very tasty appetizers. We went there on several occasions. Ask for Ramona, she is wonderful and took great care of us. We were in Vintages almost every single night (Caymus cabernet by the glass for $25; combine that with a Gold member 2-for-1 coupon and it's a deal)! The My Time Dining service was a bit spotty. We sat at the same table every night and had the same waiter / assistant waiter but they just weren't very good. We were practically ignored several nights (waited 20 minutes just to place an order, never got items we ordered, received the incorrect entrees, etc.). Several nights I sat with an empty water glass for over 15 minutes! On "lobster night" I ordered the lobster and a steak since I thought surf and turf sounded good and I asked for them to be served together. Alas, I was presented with the lobster first and only after I finished, they brought my steak -- but they removed my dirty silverware from my plate and set it down on the table to use with my second entree! I was taken aback by that. Normally waiters will bring fresh silverware. I've cruised with NCL many times and they truly "get" the freestyle concept. Royal Caribbean does not. I would not recommend My Time Dining since it's not "eat whenever you want." You have to have a reservation if you want to avoid waiting for a table -- and what's the point if you have to eat at a set time? The bar staff was friendly and the service at the specialty restaurants, including Johnny Rockets, was fantastic. The best cabin I've ever had on any cruise ship, period! We had a balcony room (10278) which had the good layout with the bed by the balcony door so we had plenty of room to access our closet. The bathroom is well laid out and felt spacious, and the balcony was the largest we've ever had. The balcony was wide AND deep and extremely roomy. I also appreciated the extra drawer space and cubbyholes all around the stateroom. The closet even had two racks for hanging and we had plenty of room for all of our clothes and gear. Bring an extra outlet plug for phone chargers, etc. since outlets are scarce. The service on a whole was excellent. Our cabin steward was incredible. I am difficult to impress and he impressed me. I won a bottle of champagne in the casino raffle the second night on the cruise. I wanted to save it to drink at Thanksgiving so I set it down in our stateroom. When we came back in, our steward had brought 2 champagne glasses AND a large separate bucket of ice for the champagne. We also never had to ask for anything more than once. The first night I requested 2 extra pillows and an extra towel and we had them all week. Another amazing feat: we were called / greeted by name all week long. I didn't like having to make reservations for all of the shows. I made them before we left home for all of the shows but we only ended up going to Hairspray. I didn't like having a set time that I had to be at a show, so we just stopped going. Hairspray was good and fun; not Broadway quality but good for a cruise ship. The sets were awesome! We also enjoyed the improv show (no reservations required) and of course Quest! As an animation fan, I was always excited to see the DreamWorks characters roaming about. The characters pay attention to the kids as well as the adults so I got some great photos. The Dreamworks parade was a ton of fun, and it was a thrill to take a flash mob dance class and then get to join in as the entertainment one evening! Ride the carousel, listen to karaoke, mini golf, flowrider, play music trivia...there was so much to do we didn't have time to do it all! The casino, the nicest I've ever seen at sea (and I live in Las Vegas!), was large with a non-smoking side and lots of fun slots. The Aqua Theater shows fun movies at night (the Grease sing-a-long was a blast). I was sort of surprised at the low quality of the lounge acts and house bands. I was most impressed with, aside from the sheer awesomeness of the ship, the attitudes of all of the staff we encountered! Every single employee we dealt with, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, was happy, friendly, smiling and seemed very eager to please. I really feel like the crew of the Oasis tried really hard to make sure we had an awesome vacation. I did not encounter even one disgruntled employee. Not one. That is very rare on any cruise ship and I have never had that happen before. What really surprised me is that the ship never felt crowded. Embarkation and debarkation was easy, and our luggage was delivered to our stateroom about 30 minutes after we boarded. Amazing! Aside from the food, my only major complaint was the time it took to get back on board after being in port. It was ridiculous, especially in St. Maarten where it took us over one hour to get back on the ship! RCI is serious about security, however, and they x-ray everything and wand you down before you get back on. Don't even think about trying to bring alcohol on board, they are crazy about stopping you from doing that. It was the worst liquor patrol I've ever seen on any cruiseline. I also hope the Oasis will start to sail different ports because our itinerary was overcrowded and not that fun (Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten). Of course, we've "been there, done that" so we were going mostly for the ship! The most awesome things about my cruise? Select pools and hot tubs are open 24 hours! Yes, 24 hours! We went swimming at 2:30 in the morning and it was awesome (the pools are freshwater, so no nasty salt in your mouth). There was also NO pushiness about shopping or recommended stores or any of that nonsense! I didn't hear one solicitation all week. I also majorly loved Vintages wine bar.

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Dec 3, 2011

Bahamas

The boat itself is nice and the service staff are generally nice. But if you go on such a large ship be prepared to wait in line every place you go. We waited in line 40 minutes at the buffet for breakfast and lunch almost every day. All the activities on board had long lines also. If you wanted to see a show get there early to get a seat where you can see. The food was ok. Our waiter rolled his eyes at us when we asked for a wine list,

soda's, etc. and he had the personality of a toad. The food in the restaurants you pay for was a little better but this is an extra cost. Again the lines for the food at the buffets were very long and if you forget something and try to cut in between people they act like angry dogs growling at you. Our room was nice. It was sized well for 2 in that we weren't all over each other. The balcony was also lovely. I wish I had gotten a ocean view room instead of one over looking the court yard. The room service people came to clean our room twice a day most of the times and were nice. The entertainment was pretty good. Dont miss the show Hairspray but get there very early to get a seat. The comedy club was also funny but again you will have trouble finding a seat. The shore excursions on Royal Carribean seem to be over priced. I have cruised with Norwegian and Carnival and those seem to be a much better value. Now, getting off the boat for the final time was one of the most painful experiences I've ever endured. The boat insists you pack your bags and leave them in front of your door at 10 p.m. the night before. Then you have to leave your room no later than 7:45 a.m. to go to you dis-embarkation "staging area", which is 5,500 directionless people getting on each others nerves. Now the same bartenders, entertainers, waitresses are dressed nicely and standing around looking good and not telling anyone what to do. Now after several hours of waiting around (if you're lucky), they call you the color code you've been assigned to queue back up and get off the boat. I liked the ship but hated waiting in line for everything.

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Jul 30, 2011

Eastern Caribbean

My cruise is yet to happen, but I just learned that the fitness center sauna and steam room, which for YEARS have been a standard included feature, are no longer included with the base cruise fare. In order to use those facilities, you now have to pay $30/day or $300 for the duration of the cruise, which represents a 25% increase in the cost of the cruise. This was NOT communicated by the "certified RC reservation specialist" during the booking

process and amounts to an airline adding a baggage charge without telling you when you book the ticket! Choose a different cruise line which has more honest, clear communication about fee changes!!!!

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Apr 26, 2011

Western Caribbean

I was completely overwhelmed. Every turn there was something that made my jaw drop. I highly reccommend this cruise ship or the sister ship Allure of the Seas. Very good. Royal Caribbean continues to provide wonderful, tasty meals in all the free outlets good enough. Just loved the main dining room. The service was exceptional. Our waitresses name was Rose. She was amazing! We dined at 150 Park Central one evening and found it to be well worth

the extra cost. My Crown Loft Suite was amazing! The views were great. Our suite faced the side of the ship. Some face the sports area which I don't think would be as nice (or as quiet). The loft suites have thier own private hallway on the 17th floor right next to the Viking Crown Lounge. You need your room card to gain access to the hallway however. I might reccommend that people book 2 weeks on this, back - to - back. There is so much to see and do on this ship. In one week you are surely going to miss a few things. The dive show was very good. I didn't enjoy Hairspray but my wife did. I'm not into musicals. I missed the skate show but heard it was very good. Comedy show was great. There's so much to see and do, you'll never get bored on this ship! We really enjoyed quite times in the Central Park at night. Very few people there, very relaxing. Also loved the variety of different pool decks, our favorite being the beach pool where you can set your chair in the shallow water. I would advise staying away from the Windjammer Cafe during peak breakfast and lunch times, very crowded and there are many other free outlets for food. If you're health consious, I reccommend the Adult Solarium buffet which is free for breakfast and lunch. I really enjoyed the jogging track! This ship is just amazing, I cannot say enough about it. I have cruise other cruise lines on different ships and loved these newer Royal Caribbean ships the best, they are so well designed and just beautiful. We got a Crown Loft Suite on decks 17 & 18. Just an amazing experience. Don't know how I will ever cruise again in a smaller cabin. It had 2 bathrooms, one with 3 shower heads! I liked the 17 foot window with remote control curtains that you could open from the bed in the loft. See my video of our Crown Loft Suite on facebook. Search ScottTaylorRealtor and find it there. There is also another video I took of the ship there and you'll find many other videos on youtube that people have taken. Nothing in the videos can prepare you for the actual ship. I studied many photos before going on it and I was still completely blown away.

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Apr 2, 2011

Eastern Carribean

Just returned from a week long trip, we had an amazing time. Normally I only find time to post my experience when it's a bad one, but RCI did such a fine job from start to finish, I plan to write a few letters to them as well!! If you have any questions or need any help, ask for Gustavo in Guest Services - he was friendly calming and delightful to talk to! We were a family of four that booked our travel with an agency, think I will book direct next

time. Children are 11 and 15 (our 15 year old son is 6ft tall 170lbs). I think that traveling with the kids, we put the emphasis on the fun and the shows. We only ate in the dining room twice all week. Plenty of choices for food all over the ship. Dining room was great, room service was great, but my kids AND husband loved the pizza the best, go figure!! We booked our cruise only one week before sailing, we were told it was the last cabin on the ship. We had cabin 9327 on the 9th floor overlooking the ocean, the Boardwalk and the AquaTheater. Loved our cabin, but it was tight for a week with two older kids. View was incredible and our stateroom attendant Rommel was always ready to assist, never missed a beat and was extra kind to my kids. We enjoyed all the onboard shows, I couldn't believe I was on a ship watching some of them!! We loved Hairspray and still can't believe that's not all the actors from Broadway! The Aqua show was fun and unique - we live in Florida but haven't ever seen anything close. The ice skating show, the acrobatic show, comedy show (we saw it twice!) All the shows were original and enjoyable, we would see them all again!! While in St. Maarten we booked the trip to Prickly Pear in Advance. We took a boat over to a small tropical island for lunch and snorkeling and then sailed back. Idyllic setting, everything you would expect a private island in the Caribbean to be....turquoise water, clean sandy beach, thatched grassy umbrellas, Alan the bartender and Barbequer.....we snorkeled the reef, saw turtles and an eel! Overall we loved our trip......biggest complaints.....lines to get back on the ship in St. Maarten and St. Thomas and lines for My Time Dining. Getting on and off the ship, went smoothly and quickly - we did roll off our own luggage. We did the Flowrider, rock climbing wall, zipline, used the kids club, saw all the shows, we tried Johnny Rockets, watched a painter, played trivia, bought photos, gambled and we laughed and laughed!! Three things: 1. Call to arrange cell phone service/texting with your provider in advance if you need it. 2. TAKE a power strip, we literally found two receptacles. 3. Take extra sunscreen, lots of beautiful weather ahead, have a wonderful time!!

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By Ken_CR

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Feb 27, 2011

Eastern Caribbean

Before I get into the review, I want to make a recommendation. Go online and pre-book all the shows you want to see, your excursions, and if you want the soda package, do that also. This ship holds over 5,300 people so shows fills up fast. Especially the comedy show, the venue is pretty small, so you want to book that a head of time. They use your Sea Pass card to determine who has made reservations, so if you go to the venue and its open, but

you see a line, bypass the line, those are people who didn’t make a reservation. Pre-Cruise Lodging Our ship sailed on Saturday morning, but we don’t like the thought of rushing from the airport to the port, so like our previous cruises, we came in on Friday and stayed at the Embassy Suites. We also rented a car for the day and explored Ft. Lauderdale on our own; we just find it a little more relaxing that way. The Embassy Suites is very nice, they have concierge that is very helpful. Also, the Hotel is VERY close to the port; you can see the ship at the port from the upper floors. In the morning they have an awesome breakfast buffet with eggs to order, juices, milk, coffee, fruit, sausage (you get the idea). About 10:30, our transfer to the port showed up and took us to the ship. When we pulled up, we couldn’t believe how big Oasis was; it was very impressive. Embarkation, State Room, Drill It seems we have issues with the porters every time we go on a cruise; they are either begging for tips or just being rude/bossy to passengers/shuttle drivers. Fortunately, the time with the porters is very short. We got our bags to them and headed to the terminal. Checking in was a breeze. There was an escort who took us to the line we needed to be in. Since we were staying in a suite, we had a special line, which expedited the process. As soon as we got our sea pass card, we were on the gangplank boarding the ship. It was about 11:30, and we couldn’t get to our stateroom until 1, so we went to the Windjammer and had lunch. When we finished lunch we went exploring this huge ship. 1st we went down to the Opus dining room to find out where our table was for dinner. Ours was really close to the captain’s table on the main floor, deck 3 (the Opus has 3 floors of seating). From there we scoped out the Royal Promenade where all the shops and a couple of eating places are. Then we went down to Casino Royale and to where some of the show venues are. Because we had a suite, we had concierge privileges, so we went up there to make some reservations for a specialty restaurant. By the time we finished all that, it was 1 so we could go to our room and start to get settled in and get ready for the “drill”. As I said before, we had gotten the Grand Suite; it is the same set-up on every ship we’ve been on. This is a good thing because we know how much we can bring. I think the best thing about this stateroom is the bathroom. It’s really nice; you have dual sinks and room to move around. The whole room is nice with a couch and a couple of chairs and of course the bed is very comfortable. Our balcony was also very nice, it even came with some cushioned lounge chairs with foot rests, very comfortable. The only thing we didn’t like was the light switches; we could never figure out what each switch did! We did notice something right off; there were no life jackets in the room. We thought this was a mistake or they were hidden somewhere. We found out that they don’t keep the life jackets in the rooms anymore; they are kept at your meeting station. In an actual emergency, when you go to your station, you will get a life jacket. Just before the drill we went up to deck 16 and rode the zip line. It’s 85’ long and close to 100’ off the ground (above Boardwalk). My wife was the last one to ride before they shut it down for the drill. Taking the 1st step was scary, but it was fun. Everyone should ride it at least once. The drill was also different; we were used to always going outside on deck for the drill, but we didn’t on this cruise. First, they had employees everywhere to tell you where to go, until we got to our floor where we were supposed to meet and there was no one there…..we were heading towards the doors to go outside, then we got re-directed back inside…..our station was at the guest relations area. One of the crew was there to scan your sea pass card, to verify you were actually there. It was just a little confusing but it made sense to do it this way. Shortly after the drill it was time to shove off. We went up to the Solarium to watch the captain back us out of the port. They don’t let anyone out on the heliport anymore. Once we got out to sea it was time for dinner so we headed down to the Opus 3. When we got to our table (121), it was already full, so we sat at the next table (121A). It worked out really nice, because we had awesome table mates (3 other couples). FOOD All week long the food was delicious. There was a nice variety, and the waiters are always willing to accommodate your special requests. In the main dining room most nights I got 2 appetizers with my meal, and on the 2nd formal night I had prime rib and asked for lobster tail to go with it and it was no problem. For us, the only bad thing was the meals weren’t hot except for the soups. They weren’t cold, just a little warmer than room temperature, more like they had been sitting under a heat lamp for a little while. I think we ate at the Windjammer only twice on our 7 day cruise. The setup is different on Oasis, where they have stations instead of one long bar. I also didn’t think they had as big of variety either. People we met said we should eat at Johnny Rockets for breakfast, it’s free and the food is better and you can order what you want. It was very good, we had breakfast there the rest of the cruise until the day we left. Another little hidden spot you should check out is a café in Central Park. This is the place to go for lunch. They have a salad bar where you tell them what you want on it and what kind of dressing, then they mix it up for you. Very good, but, the other thing they have is a fresh cut roast beef sandwich. Folks, you eat this and you won’t go near the Windjammer again. We also tried a couple of specialty restaurants; we had dinner at the Spa one evening. They serve healthy foods, and it was pretty good. My wife and I aren’t big “health nuts”, but we are always looking to try something new and different. It’s diffenantly worth a try. We also went to Giovanni’s Table for lunch one day. The lunch menu is smaller than the dinner menu, but the food is just as good. We left both places very full. The Concierge also serves a hot lunch too which we tried. You can look down on the Boardwalk as you eat. Then on last place we snacked at was the Splash Zone, it like a small Windjammer, mostly fast food (Hotdogs, Hamburgers), but they also serve tacos, which is what I had. So you can see there’s a lot of variety. The Oasis doesn’t do any midnight buffets or grand buffets and they also don’t do ice carvings, but you really don’t miss it. Entertainment & Activities There is sooo much to see and do on this ship when you are at sea, there’s no way you can see or do it all, but you can try. I think our favorite show was the ice show and the part we like best didn’t have anything to do with the skating. I’m not going to give it away, you just have to see it for yourselves. The diving show was also really good. To see someone jump off a high dive into a small pool on a moving ship, it was impressive. The ship was also doing the show Hairspray, I never saw the original show or the movie, but, the cast did a good job. I can’t really comment on the comedy show, I wasn’t feeling well and fell asleep. I really liked the Jazz room, and the also had a salsa room. There are so many little “clubs” on the ship so trying to get to them all in one cruise is pretty hard. Overall the entertainment is top notch We like going to all the trivia contests on board. They also have a scavenger hunt contest too, which is something new. We found out about it at the end of the cruise, but we will get in at the beginning of the next cruise. They still have The Quest, the belly flop contest and the Love and Marriage game, all are worth going to see. They do something new with your photos they take during the cruise. You used to have to search through all the photos they took on a wall to find yours. Now, every stateroom has a binder; your seapass card has a binder number, you go to the photo area and find your binder all your photos in it. This innovation is GREAT!!!!! Ports & Excursions It was a 7 day cruise and we went to 3 ports, Nassau Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. At Nassau we swam with sea lions. We’ve swam with dolphins twice, this was our 1st time with sea lions. It was really fun and also educational too. The only bad thing about this port was we were only there for about 4 hours, so there wasn’t a lot of time for my wife to shop. At St. Thomas we rode a speed boat which was also very fun. The captain got the boat up to 40mph and did hairpin turns and also reversed the engines so you came to a dead stop in just a few feet. YOU WILL get soaked!!! :) Finally at St. Maarten we went to the French side of the island and spent a few hours at Orient Beach. This beach has been rated one of the most beautiful in the world, and it was. Unfortunately, this was probably our least favorite excursion because the beach was sooooo crowded. It did come with a meal, and you got a lounge chair and umbrella (the umbrella was extra). Be warned, if you walk around you will see some topless women. Crew/Staff The crew and staff were amazing. Everyone was so accommodating and helpful. Our cabin attendant was always checking with us to make sure we were ok and I was impressed she remembered our names. Our wait staff was also good, we had one waiter who was new and at times got our orders mixed up, but, other than that, they did a fine job and were very accommodating. Out cruise director was hilarious, his thing was to show off his socks he was wearing. Our concierge hostess was also very helpful; she helped us with reservations and getting internet in our room. And lastly the captain, he was fun and had a question and answer session in the theatre. The great thing about it was, he didn’t want to stop, as long as people had questions, he was going to stay there. Disembarkation We did something totally different this cruise. They have a new thing where you can have your bags checked all the way to your final destination. There are restrictions like time of departure and airline, but if you qualify…do it. When we got off the ship, we didn’t have to look for our bags. When we got to the airport we didn’t have to check our bags. You have to pay for this service, but it is more than worth it in my opinion. We did encounter one problem while getting ready to leave; according to the information we got, we were supposed to hang out in one of the lounges until our group was called. When we got to the lounge, we checked the signs and our group wasn’t listed. We waited about 30 minutes and still nothing. So I called the guest services desk and told them the situation, and they told us to go ahead and leave the ship. Other than that, it was quick and painless. Conclusion This is our 3rd cruise on RCCL and we have yet to be disappointed. Is everything 100% perfect, no. The things I’ve listed are the “big ones”, there were other smaller things that we didn’t dwell on. Some people expect perfection and if they don’t get it then their vacation is ruined. My wife and I realize not every employee is always going to give you class A service, but we don’t let that ruin a vacation for us. If you sail on the Oasis, enjoy the ship, it’s HUGE. Make friends, we made several, and enjoy the seeing the sights like we do. Also I noticed this ship only got a 1 star rating, I find that hard to believe. I tried to rate it, and that portion of the web site wasn't working, it would allow me to give it ANY stars. This ship is amazing!!!!!!!!

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Feb 20, 2011

eastern carribean

This was the first cruise that I went on, only because i was a little hesitant about cruising, was i wrong. This was an absolute joy. I would highly recommend this ship to anyone who wants to experience the joy of cruising. Everything on the ship was far and beyond what I had expected. We went another couple who had experienced many cruises and agree that this ship is just to good to be true. The room seemed a little small to me, however when I spoke

to the other couple that we were with, they told me this room was a good size; I had nothing to compare this to. The only thing that I can say negatively is that it is costly, yet if you want the best you do pay for it. There was way to much to do on this ship in one week, there is something for everyone. The service was the best that I had anywhere, not just on the cruise. The staff was always friendly, smiling and very courteous. I also noticed that they were always cleaning somewhere on the ship day and night, very very clean. The Oasis of the Seas has converted me to cruising, yet i doubt the next ship will be as good as the Oasis. Try it. Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent

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Feb 19, 2011

Western Caribbean

This was our first cruise to celebrate our 20 year anniversary. What where we thinking waiting this long to cruise! I know we cheated by starting at the top by going on the Oasis, but it was a very special occasion. The ship is beautiful and amazing at the same time. It is a bit crowded (get to the pools early or it will be difficult to find a chair). There is absolutely too much to do on this ship. 24 resturaunts, shopping, shopping and more

shopping, rock climbing, zip line, surfing and boogey boarding. The shows are very good. I am not a broadway type of guy, but Hairspray was incredible. The performers in "Come Fly with Me" were crazy! Very talented and brave souls. Overall everything was great - our balcony, the stateroom attendent, the waiters, the food, the crew and the friends we made. If you like steak you must go to Chopps Grille. It is better than Ruth's Chris and at only $25 a person may be the best meal you ever have. Too much, too good! They should not have a free donut shop, period! The coffee shake at Jonny Rockets is sweet! The food in the main dining room is incredible! Stick to the late or early dining and if you do My Time Dining make reservations each night or you may have a good weight. Be sure to order the appetizer, the entree (or two) and the dessert. The 10 pounds you gain will come back off in a few weeks. Very nice and modern. Can't go wrong with a balcony. A cruise isn't about the room, but it was comfortable and on this ship you get to keep your HD tv. The bed is very comfortable and the ligthing in the room is good. Very good, but you better pre-book all the shows you want to go to or you may not get to see them. We got lucky one night at the Opal Theather, but trying to see the Ice Show without a reservation was impossible. The line was wrapped on the ship. Cozumel - Snorkeling at Akumal Bay (Sea Turtle Snorkel) was really fun. It is a beautiful resort area and we saw several sea turtles, a sting ray and a baracuda. The coral formations are cool too. They drop you back off in downtown Cozumel so you can shop. There are a lot of shops. Don't skip Pirana Joes (good deals on shirts and what not). Also on this exursion is a buffet lunch with an open tap and all you can drink beer. Wonderful! And we are not big drinkers. Costa Maya - We did shopping and beach break tour. The bus ride through the jungle was interesting to say the least. Our guide ate termites. This was a least favorite port, but I think the ship will start going to Jamaca instead of Costa Maya now that the port in Jamaca is ready to take the Oasis. Labaddee - Royal has made this place, the por to be. Extremely beautiul. $7 tip to get a cabana and 2 chairs for the day. The buffet served by the ship on the island had to be visited two times!! The zip line is crazy cool! The shopping can be tough here. Very, very pushy, but be sure to hagle. It was our first extended trip without the kids and we are ready to go back for another. Royal Caribbean has great customer service and the only bad thing to say about this trip is that 7 days wasn't long enough.

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Feb 11, 2011

caribbean

We went on the 9 days cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. This was partly to celebrate New Year's eve and our anniversary. The cruise was ok. The food was good but in most restaurants you have tp pay. The entertainment was excellent and the ports of calls are ok. The service is poor. We had $300 stolen from our safe that was accidentally left open. The crew did not believe us and told us to report the theft to the Fort Lauderdal Police (LOL). They finally

gave us $150 credits. The food in the dining room is very good. We didnt try the specialty restaurants because we have to pay. Even the cupcakes are not free. Our statement room is great The onboard activities were good. A great deal of emphasis was to make us spend money. Watch out for the vitality and spa activities. You can cost you a fortune. Dont miss the entertainment but stay away from the Vitality and Spa The Oasis of the Seas is a hugh ship. It is beautiful. The main attraction is the promenade where shops stay open at all hours. There are a few places where there is music but not condusive for dancing. The dance floor is either too small or there are kids all over the dance floor. The check in was relatively quick and the welcome witha glass of wine was great. We did not get our luggage until 2 pm and by that time we were too tired to even eat. The dining room is great with many vacant tables. The food and service was great. After dinner we found out that our bathroom was not made as it still haqd our wet towels on the floor. Then we noticed that our sfae was open. We went down to Customer Service to complain about the wet towels not being replaced and that our money had been stolen. They sent a security guide to go through our luggage and drawings to ensure that the $300 was not hiding somewhere. He said that he would investigate and let us know the outcome. They never actually investigated. The first port of call is Labeeda. It is an island own by RC. The day stay there was good. The food was good but there was no music or any exciting things to do. In the evening we had dinner and saw a Broadway Show. It was good. There were 2 days of crusing and much of the time was spent in the gym or exploring the ship. There were lots of kids and hot tubs were usually full. The excursion in St. Thomas was ok. Our next stop was St. Marten. Phillipsburg was just another big shopping street full of jewelery stoes. The French side was not as commercial but more interesting. Two more days of crusing and we were in the Bahamas. The shopping was great and so wqas the tour of the island. The ship arrived at Fort Lauderdal early in the morning. The disembarkment was smooth and we then took a taxi to the airport.

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Jan 26, 2011

Western Caribbean

Embark/Disembark: Quick, easy and painless. We arrived at the port, entered the building, and in less than 45 minutes we were eating lunch at Windjammer! Leaving the ship was even faster.......so fast that we were at the airport several hours earlier than expected! Room: Our room was perfect from the time we arrived until the time we left the ship. On past cruises, we've had problems with room temperature and noise.....but not on Oasis of

the Seas. The tv has an interactive system that allows you to plan excursions, book entertainment, book excursions, and even see your on-board expenditures. The bathroom was roomier than our previous cruises and it was nice to be able to shave in the bathroom at the same time that my wife was in the shower. Room Service: This was one of the few experiences on the ship that was not "up to par". One morning, our room service breakfast never arrived even though I had filled out the request the night before and posted it on the exterior doorknob (as instructed). The other days, everything was great! FYI.....order your room service using the interactive TV. It's quick, easy, and there's no chance of your order form being removed from your door the night before by a mischievous neighbor. Cabin Steward: Our steward kept the cabin spotless, the ice full, and always left us extra towels. We met him on arrival in our room and saw him again on the last evening. Yes, that's right.....we didn't see him a single time from 1st to last day. It could be argued that that's a good thing. He wasn't in our way and he was never there cleaning while we were trying to do things. He came in, took care of business, and got out! That worked for us......but it might be a problem for some. Food: It would be possible to eat at a different restaurant every single day! The choices are amazing and ALL the food was delicious. Our head waiter and assistant waiter (in the main dining room) were responsive, friendly, and knowledgeable. We've never had better on a cruise ship. There are several "upgrade" restaurants on board where you can have a "different" dining experience for a slightly higher charge ($5 up to $50 person). We were very impressed with Johnny Rockets and ate there twice for a $5 upgrade. Giovanni's was good ($10 upgrade) but honestly, I think we'd have had as good a meal in the dining room at no additional charge. The Solarium was delicious for breakfast.....and a healthier alternative than most. Shopping: We were not as impressed here as we were with the rest of the ship. Prices were not bad but selection was a bit skimpy in the logo shop and service was not the best. Excursions: We had an excellent time on St Thomas with the Jost Van Dyke / Snorkeling excursion. I'd love to do it again! On St Martin, we did not have an excursion booked through the ship (it was canceled last-minute). We took a taxi tour off the dock.....and it really wasn't that good. I'd suggest booking an excursion through the ship. In Nassau, we took an island tour and it was good (though a bit hurried). You're only on Nassau for a few hours, so you won't get much on your excursion there! Entertainment: Excellent! Hairspray was fantastic ...... and I usually don't care for musicals! The diving show was excellent and we thought the comedy club was fantastic. There was ALWAYS something to do, somewhere on the ship. Activities: There are pools everywhere......and most have hot tubs right next to them. We never found the pools, hot tubs, or deck areas to be crowded and the bar service was excellent. Value: Though the charges may be slightly higher, I thought the experience was so much better than our other cruises (Carnival Pride and Norwegian Majesty). We never felt crowded or rushed even though the ship was packed and I believe the cruise was well worth the cost. As written above: Main Dining Room food: 4 1/2 stars Johnny Rockets food: 4 1/2 stars Giovanni's food: 3 1/2 stars Solarium food: 4 stars Windjammer food: 3 1/2 stars Room Service breakfast: 3 stars Cupcake Store food: 4 stars Overall: 4 stars Excellent! It was larger than our previous cruises and the layout was good. The a/c was comfortable, the bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom was spacious. There was something for everyone almost 24 hours per day! This time, we tried to relax and not try to do everything (ha).......but we did see all the major entertainment shows! St Thomas: Jost Van Dyke Excursion This is the best cruise excursion I've ever been on.....by far. Do it. St Martin: Our first try was an eco hike down one of the mountains and I booked it through RC 3 months in advance. It was canceled because of "environmental issues". We scheduled again......the Pinel Island snorkeling excursion. Alas, it too was canceled (at the last minute). We did an island tour at the taxi stand on the pier and I would say it was ok, but I wouldn't recommend it. We've been to St Martin several times and if we go again, we'll probably just get a taxi to Orient Beach and offer the driver an extra $20 if he'll pick us back up at a pre-arranged time to return us to the ship. Nassau: I'm not a big fan of Nassau. We booked a van tour through the cruise line and it was a bit of a hassle. They had hundreds of people booked but only had a few vans available. We waited on the pier for an hour and finally got a van. The driver was nice and she tried hard.....but at that point, most of our brief time on the island had been burned up waiting in line! I really hated it for the 150 people who were behind us in line! I wonder if some of them even got to get on a van!! FYI.....If we had it to do over, we would have just stayed onboard while the ship was docked in Nassau. We were only there for about 5 hours.....and the tour could only possibly be about an hour because of the delays and having to get us back on the ship in time. Unless RC changes the Nassau stop.....stay on the ship and enjoy the pools/hot tubs/restaurants! Overall, we loved it! I wish we could do another this summer and I would have no problem with booking the same ship for the Eastern Carribean leg!

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Nov 11, 2010

Western Caribbean

I have sailed on 2 of the Disney Cruise Line Ships in the past but for my 40th Birthday, I wanted to try something different. From all the commercials and talk about Royal Caribbean, I couldn't wait to go on the new Oasis of the Seas. There were 3 couples, we all had our own cabins with verandahs. We were located on the 11th floor which was great. Very dissapointed in the room service. Meaning, my past cruises, there was ice machines on each

floor. The gentleman taking care of us was hard to find. It was like a goose chase trying to get ice, extra towels, etc. No laundry areas or iron areas on the ship. You had to pay for these services but couldn't receive laundry the same day unless you paid extra. Morning, I would go down to get an iced coffee and it was additional $$ for flavored. $3.50 at a whack! Cup cake store, $2.50 per cup cake. Not complimentary. Each time you wanted a soda, you had to show your room key to see if you had the "soda package". Even at dinner time . . . pain in the neck! Never had the same waiters each night, so I have no idea who the tips went to. Dinner menu was ok . . .never really changed from night to night in the main dining. The waiters were really hard to find once the dinners were delivered. Trying to find someone on the ship to help you was very scarce too. Last day of the trip, we noticed on our bill we had a $50 towel charge for not returning the pool towels. They swipe your room key each time you get new towels or return your towels. My husband returned ours the night before but had to argue with staff from 6:00 am - 7:30 am on the last day. Guest services was always packed, never enough staff. The ship was beautiful and the drinks were filled with alcohol but I was really dissapointed with Royal Caribbean. Disney always goes over and above and I expected the same from such a big company. Really left a sour taste in my mouth. Especially celebrating my 40th, never a mention of my celebration the entire time of my trip, and my husband made documentation well in advance. Just ok . . .nothing special - hated to pay for the little extras that were not complimentary. Cup cakes, flavored iced coffee, etc. Stateroom was nice and always kept clean. But could never find our stateroom guy that was taking care of us. We played Bingo, which was so much fun and a lot of laughs. We didn't do many of the onboard activities. We rented jet ski's in Haiti and that was so much fun. It was our 1st time, so we all had a ball. We did the four wheeling in Cozumel but we just drove around in a circle most of the time and the roads were horrible and very tough on the body. This was our first time on four wheelers but probably wouldn't do again. Area wasn't that great. We got off the ship at Haiti, Labadee which was beautiful but the beach area was loaded with rocks and no place to really swim without cutting your feet. Costa Maya, we never exited the ship because of all the warnings with Pirates and the army helicopters and boats going around the ship. Felt a little nervous leaving the ship. Cozumel was very yucky. Nothing I could ever have pictured. Police on the streets with machine guns, no beach areas, road and buildings destroyed from the past storms. We made our own fun but for the money we paid, I would pass on going to these locations again.

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By Rich_CR

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Oct 10, 2010

Caribbean

The Oasis is one of the seven wonders of the world. The experience was not up to the Liberty of the Seas as we had anticipated. With all the hipe for the largest ship, we were a little disappointed. The experience with the vast amount of people was not the issue as one would expect. The areas that we encounted was the service. It appears that the staff is spread thin for the areas they are assigned to. Dining became an issue with the assistant waiter,

who seemed to disappear, which left the waiter for most of the tasks. Not sure what distance they had to get the food but it did take longer then the other ships we have sailed with. The shows were exceptional, Hairspray, Aqua theater etc. Dining became an issue with the assistant waiter, who seemed to disappear, which left the waiter for most of the tasks. Not sure what distance they had to get the food but it did take longer then the other ships we have sailed with The menu for the food is basically the same as all Royal ships. I can from memory know what we would be served each night which is redundant from the other cruises. I had thought with all the hipe the menu would have been more diversified. Not sure if the distance is the factor, but the meals were not Hot, mildly warm. Also the Ceasers salad had wilted lettuce, first time I encountered this. Had to nightly ask for the refill of the ice tea. A do not miss is the Park cafe for lunch and Johnny Rockets for breakfast. That is correct Johnnys serves breakfast This was as any Royal ships a clean well maintained balcony stateroom. The added features of the on line access for menus, bills, Internet access utilizing the TV and all the activities was done well As all cruises something to do for everyone of all ages, very active The Cozumel tour was a very interesting tour. The stop at the Mexico museum was a highlite.The guide was very informative and detailed. This I feel is a do not miss. As we have been to Cozumel many times this was worth the price.

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Sep 5, 2010

Eastern Western Carribean

Hurricane Diversions!!!! What started out as an Eastern Caribbean trip turned into a mix due to the hurricanes hitting the east. Oasis still went to Nassau but then diverted to Costa Maya & Cozumel with a few days thrown in between. Good call Captain and RCI. How was the trip??? Excellent so don't frown too much on any negative comments I might make in the next few paragraphs. This trip was planned way back in 03/09 and we received a very

good price for our balcony state room on deck 8. We flew into Fort Lauderdale the night before and stayed at a local hotel. Waking up at 5:00am and peering out our sixth floor window I could see Oasis already docked in port. WOW...no more sleeping for me...... The hotel we were staying at wanted $5.00 per person to transport us to the port. A cab driver took all four of us for under $10.00. Nice. I honestly think we were one of the first people to arrive at the port (10:00am) as it was still packed with passengers from the last cruise. Not to worry ...we got inside right away and check-in went extremely fast. About a 1/2 hour in the huge waiting lounge (free coffee, juice, etc) and we boarded shortly after 11:00am. The ship is incredible.....just seeing all the places such as the boardwalk, central park, promenade, zip line, etc for the first time in person....it was a long time coming and we were very pleased this date had finally come. Very pleased that the crew are friendly and fresh even though 6000 peolple just got off the ship 90 mins ago. This being our fourth cruise on RCI passengers will find the standard offerings. Dining room menu was familiar with a few twists and the food was well presented & portioned. I will say that the dining room staff seemed a little overworked and frazzled at times. There were a few nights that we would not see anyone for 1/2 hour our more. Our waiter was great and kept the assistant waiter in check on most nights, I think he might have been new. Ok back to the food. Park Cafe located in Central Park was our favorite breakfast and lunch place. Please make sure you go there and try the roast beef sandwiches...incredible. CHOPS Restaurant was a nice getaway. We did order a side of onion rings (along with other sides) and found those to be under cooked a bit. Windjammer held no surprises but we did fine that the dinner service in which our kids went there one night was very good. Oh yeah I forgot hand sanatizing.....On our previous cruises we were highly suggested to use the machines prior to entering the room ( we always do without being prompt) but on Oasis I did notice that passengers skip these and the staff were not asking people sanatize as much as in the past. Oh well... ... Johnny rockets is a great value if you’re hungry. Balcony ..deck 8..... Room was very clean and our stateroom attendant was on top of his game. Not the most talkative guy but did an excellent job. I have to say that the electrical outlets were few and far between. I only found three. One was under the bed in a terrible location and the other two were under the vanity. None are near the bathroom. Steaming clothes was a hassled with having to unplug the unit to fill it up again...back and forth. Deck chairs and a nice size table (both were smaller on Freedom) came in handy. The beds ....oh how I wanted to steal one and bring it back home. There was not a night that I did not fall asleep immediately...very comfortable. Our kids (11 & 8) slept in the sofa bed that our attendant set up every night. I have to say that they looked very cramped and bed seemed short. However there were no complaints from the kids. Interactive television was great for checking your account (still battling RCI over one charge that has still not been resolved). Internet via the television = bad idea. I logged on for flight check in on our last day $22.00 later and I was still at square one. The web pages would not load and the controls were terrible. I did go to one of the internet cafes shortly later and found the internet there to be extremely fast and flight check in was completed for fewer than three dollars (few mins). So much to do on this ship. Don't miss the shows. Ice show was much better than I expected...very funny and great skating. Aqua shows...both of them really show the talent that RCI has recruited. Very well done for Oasis of Dreams and Splish Splash. Hairspray was a great production that had my 8 year old singing & dancing away. It truly is a Broadway style show. Hats off to the actors and production team on that one. As with other RCI shows the Love & Marriage Game Show & Quest ....are a must in my book. Comedy club show was very funny and had a nice small room which I liked. Two great comedians. Oh by the way...we had booked all our shows online prior to sailing and it worked out great. No waiting in line and great seats every time. There was still plenty of room for people waiting for "stand-by". I you don't want to wait in line for the zip line, flowrider, or rock climbing just head back to the ship early on a port day. In Nassua we had next to no wait time for any of these activities. Nassau: My wife & 8 year old went to Atlantis and walked around "The Dig" and grounds. My 11 year old and I went on foot to the Queens Staircase and the fort. It was hot but I liked the walk but just be aware of your surroundings. Senor Frogs and some shopping rounded out the day. Flowrider was empty when we got back to the ship....fun times. Costa Maya: Jeep Adventure Tour....a little pricey in my book but very fun. We had our own jeep (stick shift) which seemed very new and traveled up the coast to a private resort type area. Water was so warm....not cool...warm which we liked very much. Lunch was included but the tour guide suggested no alcohol drinks from the bar for obvious reasons. Those jeeps took a beating but held up very well. Once back near the port we swam in the huge pool bar (free) and had some drinks.... fun times. Cozumel: Passion Beach ....took boat (35 min) to Passion Beach....very private and the water was once warm again...not as nice Costa Maya in my opinion but not disappointing. Lunch and booze included with purified ice & water (made that mistake, ice, once before). Very friendly tour operators who knew all our names, great tipping point. Once back at Cozumel we did the traditional shopping. Capt. announced during the safety drill that Oasis would still make Nassau but then would have two sea days then Costa Maya & Cozumel followed by a final sea day. Had to laugh as when this announcement was made some people were booing and demanding their money back...lol...really? Hurricane weather or a nice Mexico sunny trip? Did they read their cruise contract paper work? I will say this about Oasis...great ship, amazing, it really is. However, I felt more like another number on board. Lost in the maze of people. The pool deck area and get a little busy during the day but there was plenty of room for all. You might not get a prime seat, but you will get a seat. I can't fault our dining staff or attendants but they seemed distant at times. No real benefits for being a C & A member. When ask about the member’s party the guest relations staff stated that the ship is too large to hold an event but that they were working on it. Cruise director, Richard Spacey, was great. Super funny guy who was professional at times and goofy young person at other times. He kept the events rolling and his dancing is one of a kind.. Nice job. Overall great experience but I have to say that I look forward to a slightly smaller ship next time around. I'm sure we go back to the Oasis or Allure some day with smiles on our faces but for now I need to lose the 11 pounds acquired on board. I threw up some short videos on YouTube ..."417rogers" for those interested. You will have a blast on OASIS.

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Aug 28, 2010

western Caribbean

best of my 10 cruises so far great as usual spacious, large bed, great auto dim "night light" built into the bathroom overhead light, nice shower with real doors (no shower curtains), plenty of bathroom shelves, nice flat screen TV, nice pull down bed for extra passengers, ice-cold air conditioning plenty to do for everyone rent the iPhone to locate (in real time) your kids or other guests in your party, or call them on the phone that works

on the ship. Huge ship but easy to navigate, never would have know that there was 6,000+ guests and 2,000+ employees. Extremely easy leave and re-enter the ship, great "high tech" interactive wall maps to direct you to dining, activities, your room...great idea. New Photo gallery with "folders" to organize your pictures for easy finding and electronic interactive screens to review all photos electronically if you choose. New Apple iPhone to rent to call rooms and guests with same phones (or your kids...great job) they also had "guest finder" feature to locate in real time where others in your party are; we kept a eye on our daughter's location at all times. Gave her much more freedom and us more piece of mind that any other cruise I've been on. Nice "Central Park" area that is inside the middle of the ship but actually open to the air with real plants...nice job

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Aug 28, 2010

western Caribbean

best of my 10 cruises so far great as usual spacious, large bed, great auto dim "night light" built into the bathroom overhead light, nice shower with real doors (no shower curtains), plenty of bathroom shelves, nice flat screen TV, nice pull down bed for extra passengers, ice-cold air conditioning plenty to do for everyone rent the iPhone to locate (in real time) your kids or other guests in your party, or call them on the phone that works

on the ship. Huge ship but easy to navigate, never would have know that there was 6,000+ guests and 2,000+ employees. Extremely easy leave and re-enter the ship, great "high tech" interactive wall maps to direct you to dining, activities, your room...great idea. New Photo gallery with "folders" to organize your pictures for easy finding and electronic interactive screens to review all photos electronically if you choose. New Apple iPhone to rent to call rooms and guests with same phones (or your kids...great job) they also had "guest finder" feature to locate in real time where others in your party are; we kept a eye on our daughter's location at all times. Gave her much more freedom and us more piece of mind that any other cruise I've been on. Nice "Central Park" area that is inside the middle of the ship but actually open to the air with real plants...nice job

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Aug 28, 2010

Western Caribbean

best of my 10 cruises yet...can't wait to go on this class ship again Great food, many restaurants to choose from at many different times, even had "healthy" restaurant with low cal foods flat screen TV, ice-cold air conditioning, large bed, great "pull down" bunk bed for extra person, nice built-in night light in the bathroom for dim "glow" to find your way around in the dark. Larger shower than usual with circular solid doors (no curtains),

plenty of shelve space in bathroom, fridge plenty to do, many shows, many bars/clubs, great activities/areas for teens Rent the iPhone to locate your kids instantly, Huge ship but easy to navigate, never would have know that there was 6,000+ guests and 2,000+ employees. Extremely easy leave and re-enter the ship, great "high tech" interactive wall maps to direct you to dining, activities, your room...great idea. New Photo gallery with "folders" to organize your pictures for easy finding and electronic interactive screens to review all photos electronically if you choose. New Apple iPhone to rent to call rooms and guests with same phones (or your kids...great job) they also had "guest finder" feature to locate in real time where others in your party are; we kept a eye on our daughter's location at all times. Gave her much more freedom and us more piece of mind that any other cruise I've been on. Service was great as usual.

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Aug 28, 2010

western Caribbean

best of my 10 cruises so far great as usual spacious, large bed, great auto dim "night light" built into the bathroom overhead light, nice shower with real doors (no shower curtains), plenty of bathroom shelves, nice flat screen TV, nice pull down bed for extra passengers, ice-cold air conditioning plenty to do for everyone rent the iPhone to locate (in real time) your kids or other guests in your party, or call them on the phone that works

on the ship. Huge ship but easy to navigate, never would have know that there was 6,000+ guests and 2,000+ employees. Extremely easy leave and re-enter the ship, great "high tech" interactive wall maps to direct you to dining, activities, your room...great idea. New Photo gallery with "folders" to organize your pictures for easy finding and electronic interactive screens to review all photos electronically if you choose. New Apple iPhone to rent to call rooms and guests with same phones (or your kids...great job) they also had "guest finder" feature to locate in real time where others in your party are; we kept a eye on our daughter's location at all times. Gave her much more freedom and us more piece of mind that any other cruise I've been on. Nice "Central Park" area that is inside the middle of the ship but actually open to the air with real plants...nice job

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Feb 11, 2010

southern caribbean

This was a beautiful ship and I believe it was the 9th cruise since being launched. Although there was 5,500 passengers and 2,100 crew members we never felt crowded and had plenty of space. We had a Grand Suite and RCCL took very good care of their "suite" passengers from check in to departure. There was a Concierge Lounge at our disposal which included free adult beverages and cooked order breakfasts in the morning. Throughout the cruise there

were numerous cocktail parties given for Suite guests and Crown and Anchor Society members. We were assigned "open seating" but never dined in the Main Dining Room once. We chose to eat in the Windjammer due to its casual atmosphere and hours. The food was excellent and service was excellent as well. We did not take advantage of the specialty dining rooms in Central Park. We found a number of places we could get free things like Pizza at Sorrentos and donuts back on the Boardwalk. Breakfast is free at Johnny Rockets. We had to search but finally found three free ice cream machines. Two located on deck 15 near the swimming pools. The third was in the Wipe out Cafe. We had a large Grand Suite with a very large balcony. Being a bit older we enjoyed sunning on our private balcony. The bathroom was huge. There was a tub that had a shower. There were two vanities so we never argued over the sink! Another nice feature of the Grand Suite is the storage space! We had a built in safe which was nice. There were more activities than we cared to take advantage of...rock climbing, zip line, surfing, etc. This is just scratching the surface as there were shows and productions as well. Did not do excursions. We had been to these ports many times before but to us the trip revolved around the ship. We could stay on board for a week and not see everything and would not be bored! We have been a bit burned out on Nassau...the thrill has worn off of that place! Overall one of the best cruises on RCCL, very relaxing.

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Feb 8, 2010

Eastern Caribbean

We booked this cruise when the open booking began in September 2008. Watching the progress of the building of the ship, and the subsequent sailing updates from Captain Bill, only psyched us up all the more. The ship and its staff did NOT disappoint! The time we were told in our cruise documents said to be at the ship no sooner than 2pm. We did what other cruise critic members said, and we were at the port at 1230pm, and on the ship, eating lunch

at the Solarium Bistro, shortly thereafter. THE SHIP!!!! What can I say? The first walk onto the Promenade was awe-inspiring. Absolutely beautiful. Be prepared to be just simply happy to be there. Even though there were so many people getting on board at the same time, it did not feel frenzied or disorganized. Royal was doing the best they could to move the crowds in the proper direction with as little discomfort as possible. Note to the unwise, bring alcohol on the ship in your bag, and you will find that those suitcases will not appear in your stateroom. You will have to claim them and explain why you brought it on the ship. Our friends bought wine in Ft. Lauderdale, just wanting to get it home after the cruise. He had to go identify his case, along with about 100 other people! He said that one lady was arguing (loudly) about having her liquor, said it was her right, had this many sailings; blah blah. Well, he said they told her they could escort her off the ship if she desired. Bad idea. Dining room. Well The Opus dining room is just lovely, 3 floors, nice comfy seating. Our table was 265, tucked in a nice area that was out of a great deal of main traffic. Yousef(from Turkey) and Raj(from India) were our waiter/assistant waiters respectively. They were so awesome, by the second day, they called us by name and had our favorite drinks ready to go. The English language was a bit lost on them, so we had a pretty good time busting on them. They were good sports and were very gracious. Yousef dropped some plates one night with a BIG crash!! We did "The Wave", and cheered for him! Great food choices, nice flavors. Excellent headwaiter as well. Solarium Bistro- AWESOME for breakfast or lunch... healthy, yummy choices. Windjammer is your buffet-everything-for-everyone kind of place. Lots to choose from, just really crowded! Often difficult to find a seat. Didn't eat there much. Chops Grill! Best Filet Mignon I ever ate!($25/pp well worth it). Park Cafe in Central Park... outstanding Roast Beef sandwich and great soups. Most awesome nacho chips with fresh guacamole and salsa in The WipeOut up on deck 15. Mondo Coffee bar! Great Expresso. Tooooo many choices to discuss here! Put on your appetite and have a stroll around! If you are hungry, something is wrong with you! DO NOT MISS THE DRINK OF THE DAY! You are on vacation! The stateroom was adequately sized. Very quiet overall, you can hear your neighbor's toilet flushing and muffled conversation, however, it was clean and had the most comfortable beds! We slept like babies! Not that the Coconut smoothies, or Mango Margaritas had anything to do with it. (try a Lemon Drop Martini!!! in Dazzles) Our steward was Angela. I hope you are lucky enough to see her smiling face each day, as we were. The whole ship is CONSTANTLY being wiped down clean, hand sanitizer everywhere. Nice Rusk products for the bathroom, really neat shower design. Endless hot water. We had some pretty awesome towel animals. Our favorite was a bat, hanging from the light over the bed. The bathroom has a really cool "nightlight". The back of the mirror illuminates at night so that getting there at night, stepping up into the bathroom, is not so difficult. There also is a neat bar in the shower to lift your foot onto if you need to shave your legs. pretty neat. Get yourself to the area up by the Flowriders to sign up for the Zip Line ASAP! Sign up for the Flowriders, take a lesson! It is a lot of fun. If I can do the "fall of shame", so can you! It is like falling on a watery trampoline and then getting flushed uphill! Too Funny!!! The shows: Hairspray. Great acting and singing, not to be missed! Frozen in Time... This is an ice show, we laughed so hard at one part that I was crying! Come Fly With Me is very entertaining, and the Aqua theater is great and the show was excellent. Headliners was a group called ABBAcadabra. They did a very good job of playing ABBA music. Didn't see the comedian show. Don't have anything to report on children's clubs or teen activities... Left those people home! However, those that did participate looked like they were having a great time. St. Thomas... Turtle Cove aboard The Dabloon. Awesome! Had a great sail, awesome drinks. Went on the am excusion, as our plan was to shop in the afternoon. We thought the drinks didn't have much rum. We were WRONG!!!! Little tipsy walking back to the Oasis. Cleaned up and went shopping. Great day. St. Maarten.. We did the Lord Sheffield sail and snorkel. Great crew. Older, dated tallship. However, nice sail, pitiful snorkeling site. Lunch was nice, BBQ ribs and chicken, fresh fruit. Drinks. We got off the ship and walked into town to shop a bit. Headed back to the ship to relax. Nassau.. Sorry, absolute waste of our day. 5 other ships in port of Fridays. Bumper to bumper traffic. Listen, take water taxi to Paradise beach. Center of town is a frenzy of passengers and locals trying to get you to buy this, take this tour... One after the other. If we go there again, I am getting off to go to the Tortuga Rum Cake store, grab something to drink and back to the ship. Just a crazy port. Don't take an Island tour on a bus. It was awful. Just was in traffic the entire time. YUK! It was so nice to just walk around at night in Central Park. The lighting is perfect, and the planting variety is very pleasing to the eye. The resaurants that are there are positioned very well. Most with optional outdoor seating. There are two sitting areas in the center of Central Park that have nice cushions on the chairs, very comfy, partially covered. Coach retail is out there, along with an art store... Boardwalk is just a really cool, seaside, Coney Island type of place. The Aquatheater and zipline are quite amazing. We were in awe all week, just beautiful the way that they put the spaces together. It was fun to see someone zip over your head, 80 feet above you. I can't believe I did that!! Was a blast. Ken, cruise director, very good guy. Saw that man everywhere, very involved, easy to talk to. Sorry to say, that Capt. Bill is leaving the ship after the cruise we just left on Jan 16th. He is going to be with Marine Operations, and will take out The Allure, when the time comes. What a kind, gracious man. He also was everywhere, ready for a photo or just a friendly chat. All the customer service on the ship was excellent. Never had a problem of any kind. Shopping Shelby has a "talk" on the islands and where to shop. Supposed to be an hour.... Was over an hour and a half, was redundant... I wanted duct tape. Or at least a margarita of some sort... We did express for check out/disembarkation. I tell you what, we were out of our stateroom and in the taxi in under 15 minutes! No joke! We loved every inch of this ship. can't wait to sail on it again... 2 things to not miss, no matter what... #1 Get yourself a spot in a Cabana in The Solarium for a sea day. The early bird gets the worm, we were there at 6am to claim ours for the day. We slept, ate and read ALL DAY! The sound of the water, the soothing music. Ahh, a piece of heavenly Oasis. #2. When the boat sails away, instead of hanging out waving to no one... Grab your bathing suit and a nice tropical drink and watch the sail away from one of the beautiful Jacuzzis on Deck 15... Bon Voyage!

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Jan 29, 2010

Eastern Caribbean

I sailed the Oasis with my husband who is a senior with Parkinson's Disease. We had a balcony stateroom with an ocean view. Overall, I thought the ship was beautiful, had great entertainment, and lots for the active person to do - zip line, rock climbing walls, etc. However, I was a little disappointed that there were not more shore excursions for persons with special needs or daytime activities on the ship for the less active (Only one accessible

excursion in St. Thomas that departed at 8:00 a.m.). Food in the main dining room was quite good but the offerings in the windjammer got a little boring after a few days. The ship offers a lot for families. And the entertainment is truly topnotch. However, it comes with a high price tag. Also, I missed the rocking of the ship. It is so big, I kept forgetting I was on a ship! Food in the main dining room was very good. Windjammer Marketplace got a little boring after a few days but was fine. I enjoyed the Solarium Bistro and Vintages, the wine bar. Our stateroom was very nice. However the wi-fi/internet access from the stateroom was not user friendly and there were no directions. I probably spent 10 minutes trying to log into my emails without success. Guest services was kind enough to credit my minutes back to my account though. On Deck 14 in the Card Room they have 6 desk computers for guest use. There were not as much activities as I would've liked. They had lots for active kids, teens and adults. But for the less mobile, there wasn't a lot to do during the days at sea. However evening activities were great; truly great shows. Overall - 4 stars

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By Dave_CR

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Dec 8, 2009

Caribbean

This was the first revenue cruise for the Oasis Of The Seas. The ship is simply breathtaking with all 7 neighborhoods offering a good balance of things to see and do. Despite the size of the ship it was easy to traverse. I never felt crowded and lines were mostly non-existent. The staff was outstanding. The were very pleasant and personable. There are so many dining venues and bars that you can eat and get a drink at a different place each day

and never repeat them. There were some technical and operational issues they need to resolve, however. The interactive TV sets in the cabins didn't work correctly on the first day. The reservations system had problems. Shows were not ready and some were rescheduled without telling people who had reserved seats. Cabin noise was unsatisfactory in the forward part of the ship. Overall though, it was a very nice cruise and the ship really lives up to the media hype. It is a self-contained resort at sea. Dining room food was typical for Royal Caribbean. Good but not memorable. The multitude of dining options meant I couldn't try everything in just 4 days. 150 Central Park is touted as an upscale dining experience with rising star chef KeriAnn Van Raesfeld offering a mult-course tasting menu. This was a sensory experience but some might find themselves still hungry at the end. It was well worth the $35 fee. Please note this is a set menu and not a typical restaurant where you order ala carte from a menu. The Seafood Shack was lackluster, and a lot of that has to do with mediocre ingredients. It was a disappointment given they charged $8.95. Johnny Rockets served up their excellent burgers and was quite satisfying- worth the $4.95 fee. On Oasis, Johnny Rockets also serves breakfast (free). The Windjammer buffet was smaller than on other Royal Caribbean ships. The food was typical buffet grade fare. A new area is the Solarium Bistro. Complimentary breakfast and lunch is served, with the focus on healthy foods. At night it is an extra-fee dining venue with entrees all being 500 calories or less. It was popular. Sorrento's pizza was excellent, as were the sandwiches at Park Cafe. In many ways these two places were the most enjoyable to me. Small sandwiches and snacks were available at the Cafe Promenade and the Mondo coffee bar. Overall the food was good and I enjoyed it. I had cabin 9506 which is a standard outside cabin all the way forward. The cabin was spacious but there were some problems. Noise was a major annoyance. Even in seas of just 7 feet or so there was this almost constant banging. I think it was water colliding with the box-like insets which surround the ship's anchors. On the last day at sea the banging was gone but then the seas were calm too. Another noise problem was from the flushing of toilets in cabins above me and adjacent to me. I heard every single flush. My cabin safe was not attached and I could slide it out of the closet and walk off with it. I had to wonder if anyone from the shipyard had done a walk-down of every cabin to look for problems. The bed was very comfortable and the shower was adequately sized. The room had attractive artwork and tasteful colors. They on-board activities centered around the installed "wow" stuff such as the zip line, the two flow-riders, the two rock-climbing walls, 4 pools (including one with a beach-like sloping entrance), the ice rink, and of course the extremely popular carousel. It was fun at every turn and everybody looked to be having a great time. The shows were outstanding. The new ice show "Frozen In Time" is based on the stories of Hans Christian Anderson. It was beautiful. "Hairspray" is featured on Oasis and is the full 90 minute show. It was excellent. The "Oasis Of Dreams" water show was not ready for various reasons and we were presented an shortened 20 minute version. What I did see was very good. Divers going from 70 feet into a small pool caused gasps from the crowd. We only went to Labadee. The new pier there makes this a much better place. When in Labadee "the" tour to do is the zip line. It is one of the longest in the world and takes you over the ocean at speeds of up to 50mph. Not for the faint of heart. This was a nice cruise and I'll be back. Some have gone on record as saying the Oasis is too big and holds too many passengers. On the contrary I found it to have many intimate areas, outstanding crowd control, and very easy to get around. Entertainment was top notch. Service was great. Food good. If you go, avoid cabins in the forward part of the ship and you'll be fine. Embarkation took me less than 15 minutes from front door to the ship. Debarkation was even quicker, with my going from ship to sitting in the bus in 9 minutes. Amazing. Oasis Of The Seas will be a popular ship and is a destination in itself. Who needs the ports?

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