Did not meet EXPECTATIONS - OASIS OF SEA

Where do I start? Room for 3 = NO WAY, extremely small, no space to put clothes.   Room had bad smell. Plumbing issues in shower flooded the floor. 

2.  Waited in lines for all bar services, up to 20 minutes!!!!!

3.  They had nerve to charge for POPCORN/ $2.50 for small box? (How much does it cost 4 popcorn) come on now! Next they will charge for ice cream.

4. Wait service not warm and friendly compared to other ships.

5. Reservations were needed for all shows.

6.  My time dining/ was unable to make a reservation even though they said to. They were not able to accommodate. 

 

Tags: Royal Caribbean Oasis of sea DISAPPOINTED

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Were you able to make the best of it and have some fun?

The long lines and waits seem to be a recurring theme for the Cities of the Seas -- too many passengers and not enough infrastructure.

I wonder if Carnival was able to cure it with there version of the behemoths.

I'm starting to wonder if any of the lines are able to satisfy the large number of passengers on the mega ships. The lines do not seem to be adding any more staff as well. I can't imagine waiting 20 minutes for a beer. Even at a busy football game here with 20 thousand people beer is only a wave away. I have not been on the monsters yet, we may do a short cruise with the Behemoth being the destination, but I will wait on that.

There used to be a formula to figure passenger to staff ratio I'm guessing that the number is lower now.

 

I've been toying with the idea of trying one of the Behemoths of the Seas (I really do like the idea of the Central Park and Boardwalk), but with all the horror stories of poor service (I want a beer, and I want it now), reservations required (I try to follow no plans on vacation), and relatively excessive nickel and diming, I'm not sure that it would be what I was looking for.

I think that the bottom line is the number of people...Its like airlines can only offer so many people special seating with extra leg room... On a ship, everyone cant do "my time dining" or everyone cant book the same shows at the same times. Just too many people. More people means a longer wait at the bar. Every time, I cruise and go to the bar, the bartenders aren't stepping and fetching or hopping around like they are in a nightclub....they are working at a normal pace, talking and joking with customers and each other. I have patience, however, If I have 20 people in front of me the I may loose a little patience. 

I think its a mix of crew to passengers and the passenger doing research. I did not pre-book my shows on the allure and I paid, and that was on me for not looking into the ship and trip closer (lesson learned, and they are booked for the oasis). I never had to wait super long for drinks (with one or two exceptions). 

The bottom line is you are never going to please everyone.. figure out what will please you and find the right ship and line that matches that... but sacrifices are going to be made. 

 

You are right meghad23. However, a first time cruiser or a first time cruiser to the mega ships....you just don't know and some things are just out of your hands.

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I beg to differ. Unless you cruise the same ship all the time, when you book a cruise on a ship you never sailed, it's like your a first-time cruiser too! And just like with any new vacation spot, you research. Too many actual first-time cruisers depend on the vision that friends or family had on cruises and leave it at that. We had never sailed the Oasis of the Seas until this last May. It was our 12th cruise.All I did was a little research and review reading and I knew what was needed. I booked all my entertainment, drink packages and dining reservations online and I was all set. With all the internet sites out there, there is little excuse for mis-information. Imagine someone booking a vacation to the U.K. from the U.S. not realizing that the U.K. doesn't take U.S. dollars all because they failed to do any research. Just my opinion!! :)

For all it's worth, we just sailed the Oasis of the Seas this past May and my experience was the COMPLETE opposite of the OP's! We had no lines at the bars even on sea days (and yes, we sailed max capacity). We had assigned seating in the MDR and the waitstaff were superb. Not sure what cat. cabin the OP had but we had a Sup. Balcony (Max 2 ppl) and we had more than enough space all around including for storage. We were so happy with the Oasis, we booked again for next May. It seemed the only time we encountered any lines was after shows let out and getting on and off the ship in ports. That will happen with any cruise ship.

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