Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Oasis of the Seas
When is Oasis of the Seas slated to resume operations?
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas resumed cruising on September 5, 2021. The ship is currently sailing 7-night Caribbean itineraries from Cape Liberty in New Jersey. Port stops include Port Canaveral (Florida), Nassau (Bahamas), and the line’s private island Perfect Day at CocoCay (Bahamas).
All Royal Caribbean guests ages 12 and older must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing. Guests under the age of 12 will complete COVID-19 testing requirements depending on the length and departure port. This protocol falls under the current local regulations of the Bahamas (Oasis visits) that requires all cruise ship passengers to be fully vaccinated before entering the countries’ waters.
Royal Caribbean will require all guests ages two years and older, regardless of vaccine status, to complete a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken no more than two days prior to the sail date, and present proof of negative results at the terminal upon check-in.
Cruising on Oasis of the Seas? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Oasis of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s extra-large sized Oasis-class ships, and can claim fame to being considered one of the largest cruise ships in the world. The massive vessel is home to so many amenity options you may not be able to try everything in a 7-day sailing! There are a plethora of activities and amenities, perfect for families, couples, solo travelers, and more. Even though Oasis launched back in 2009, passengers can still expect the cutting-edge technology and amenities Royal Caribbean is known for fleet-wide. In 2019, the ship received a refurbishment as a part of the line’s Royal Amplified updates. Onboard upgrades included the expansion of water sports, games areas, and new restaurants, lounges, and club venues.
At full capacity (prior to COVID restrictions) Oasis of the Seas can carry 5,492 total passengers and 2,394 crew members. There are 2,747 total cabins, broken down into 76 category types.
Activities + Entertainment: Guests of all ages are sure to find something of interest on Oasis of the Seas. The ship’s highlights include rock-climbing walls, zip lines, a sports deck with full-sized courts, FlowRider surf simulators, kids and teens clubs, an Adults-only solarium, the Vitality spa and fitness center, designer outlets, and a casino.
Entertainment options include live performances of Broadway favorite ‘Cats’, ice skating shows at the onboard ice rink, and diving shows at the AquaTheare. In addition, adults can take advantage of the onboard childcare services, and enjoy a night-out of sampling cocktails at the numerous lounges, belt out a tune at the karaoke bar, or catch a performance at the jazz and comedy clubs.
Dining: Oasis of the Seas dining options cater to both families and foodies. With a number of included eateries and specialty restaurants, there’s certain to be something to please palates of all varieties. Restaurants that are included for all passengers are the Windjammer Cafe, Main Dining Room, Solarium Bistro, Coastal Kitchen, Park Cafe, Vitality Cafe, Cafe Promenade, Sorrento’s, Dog House, and El Loco Fresh. Specialty venues include 150 Central Park, Chef’s Table, Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table, Izumi, Johnny Rockets, Playmakers, Portside BBQ, Vintages Wine Bar, and a Starbucks.
Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly with Oasis of the Seas return to cruising. With a high- demand from travelers to sail on this popular ship.
Right now you can expect to pay about $70 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Considering a balcony cabin? For just a little bit extra, this class of room currently starts at around $80 per person per night and goes up from there based on location and category.
We recommend booking NOW as prices are likely to only go up!
What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocol
There are a number of evolving protocols that Royal Caribbean has implemented for the embarkation process. All guests 12 ages and older (regardless of vaccination status) will need to take a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) with an accredited test provider no more than two days before arriving at the terminal for embarkation. Unvaccinated children ages 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before boarding day.
Prior to sailing, Royal Caribbean suggests passengers download the Royal Caribbean App to check into their cruise as well as select a time slot for arrival on boarding day. One day before departure, all guests must complete the app’s Guest Health Questionnaire. When you arrive to board the ship, all passengers should be prepared to present the following: Passport/Passport Card or a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate, COVID vaccine card, COVID-19 test result, proof of travel insurance, and the completed health questionnaire.
When indoors on the ship, CDC guidelines require all guests two and older to wear masks unless they are actively eating or drinking. Per the guidelines, Royal Caribbean will make allowances for guests to remove their masks in venues and events dedicated to fully vaccinated parties. Masks are not required in your stateroom when you are with your traveling party, outside on the open decks, or at Perfect Day at CocoCay unless in a crowded setting.
Overall, we thought the Oasis of the Seas was the best cruise we have ever taken. We've cruised over 20 times on many cruise lines but found this cruise and the ports exciting and completely enjoyable. - marybrownremax
Never a dull moment Service was first class Staff was amazing Shows were amazing. - Cruiser50586563
We had a group of 10 people - our children and grandchildren - as we were celebrating our 50th anniversary. 4 of our group had never cruised before. Everyone had a great time and we enjoyed having our family all together for Christmas. - rrettig
Ship was pretty amazing...huge with lots of activities to choose from. The kids had a blast too. - ace11176
With so much to see and do in the various Caribbean ports Oasis of the Seas visits, we recommend planning your shore excursions before you get onboard. Top-rated excursions by port include:
Perfect Day at CocoCay - Perfect Day is Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas. The destination is jam-packed with so many activities and adventures that you will have a hard time deciding what to do first! The island’s amenities received a rehaul in 2019, so most of the activities you will find are relatively new.
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