September 2016 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern
The boarding experience for this cruise was the best we have ever experienced. It was fast, friendly and we were on the ship in record time. Oasis is beautiful and so big. We liked the different areas such as Central Park, or Boardwalk, however, we felt all cruise that we were in a mall and not on the sea. The size of the ship is also a detriment to the cruise experience. You have to really work to see the ocean or go back to your room if you have an outside balcony. I really missed the gentile rocking motion of other ships when going to sleep.
We were very disappointed in the service. It seemed that they are working with a smaller staff than they should have which results in long wait times between courses at dinner and virtually no drink refills during the meal. Also the food quality and taste was not up to previous cruises. Our stateroom telephone was not working and the attendant was told the first day, it took until next to the last day before they replaced a hand cord and got it working. As Platinum members, we are supposed to get bathrobes and lapel pins which we never got during the cruise.
As far as entertainment, you'd better have reservations and able to arrive 45 minutes before starting time to have a chance at decent seats. All and all, it was enjoyable, but we will not be booking a mega ship anymore. We can go to the mall without paying for a cruise.