June 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas
Too large for me, but a really nice ship
This was our 15th cruise and 5th with Royal Caribbean. For me, the ship seemed very enclosed. Don't get me wrong, it was nice, but it was a little like being in a shopping mall. Even though Boardwalk and Central Park are open air venues, they seemed enclosed as well. It doesn't feel like you're on a ship most of the time. You can't look out to the water from any of the public areas unless you go up top or to the aft, or hang in your room.
The ship was very stable. We didn't feel the movement of the ocean much at all, which is probably what they were shooting for, but it seemed odd. We all commented on how it's nice to have a little rolling with the waves, especially at night.
The upper deck is nice, but it seems so far up and away from the water. There are a lot of gimmicks to keep people occupied, so the ship never really seemed over crowded. One of my favorite things was the hot dog bar. The brats were good.
As for the shows, the Abba show was good and the Aqua show was good as well. We didn't do any of the others. Everyone, including numerous members of the crew said that Cats was really boring. I was surprised at how many crew members we bold enough to trash a show on their own ship, but it must be that bad. Either way, make sure you schedule these things online in advance like they say because we found out that they really do sell out.
Oasis is really nice and very innovative and we had a good time, but that said, we will go back to the Radiance class ships, which are definitely our favorites. We've been on the Radiance and Serenade previously and will be doing the Jewel in the spring.