June 2014 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
The Oasis is a engineering marvel, beautiful, no motion felt while traveling. The cruise ship staff is attentive, knowledgeable and make you feel very welcome. The main dining room setting is white table linens and a full complement dining staff. The menu is varied and very appealing. Several wines are offered to compliment the meal. The activies offered are many and endless. We especially enjoyed the comedy club and the ice skaing preformances. We only tried one specialty restaurant, the sushi restaurant for lunch. The menu was limited and charged extra for hot green tea? (base price was 10.00 dollars per person) This was my second experience with RC, and it was mostly positive. Other cruise lines I have tried fall way below RC 's preformace vision.
The pools and jacuzzis during the day hours were beyond crowded. There was a perpetual wait line for the wave rider and the zip line. The windjammer cafe for lunch was a nightmare, best try other venues for lunch. While the casino ambience was appealing the slot machines were not!!!! The machines take cash and lots of it! ATMs charge six dollars plus your bank fee, wow!
Charges for internet are $299.00 for two devices. Dont buy the drink packages, unless your are a very heavy drinker for kids and adults! ( endless cokes, how much do you really want your child drinking, otherwise average 3-10 dollars per drink do the math)
The ports visited were okay. Labadee had several beaches you could go to. The suite guests had their own private beach with shuttle service to get there. The lunch was freshly prepared and very good. Jamaica provided a fenced in area built by RC, and offered many shopping options. I found Margaritaville, yea! Outside the gates was a total different story. If you are not extremely adventureous, well you decide. Cozumel was great. Offers free wi-fi on shore, cabs are cheap, a tour of nearby interest points runs about thrity bucks with tip. We visitied a tequilla plant and had a great tour, stopped at Margaritaville, and found very reasonable rental prices for sea-doos. (have cash on hand)
All in all, I would book with RC again, you learn a lot from each adventure. I would recommend a suite level. You definitely get extra perks, from preferred boarding at the Port Everglades Port, extras in your suite, preferrred conciere service, (private breakfasts, afternoon ordurves, reservations for preformances, private invitations to other gatherings). The cost for a suite may be a bit more but well worth it. The other thing I learned was decide before you pick a ship just how many of the ships features are really important to you. I traveled with my two grand daughters and they used the features mentioned, pools, zip line, flow rider, late night clubs. Me the senior didn't need all that. LOL . Hope this helps, BON VOYAGE ! !