Oasis of the Seas

4.2 out of 5

Overview

Launched in 2009, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is an Oasis-class mega-ship capable of holding 5,400 guests. The vessel currently sails to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Florida. At the time of its debut, Oasis was the largest cruise ship in the world, though it now holds the third spot behind sister ships Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas. This massive vessel is divided into seven distinct “neighborhoods,” including Central Park that boasts over 12,000 plants, the Pool & Sports Zone with FlowRider surf simulators and rock climbing wall, and the Boardwalk featuring a carousel, ice cream shop, and AquaTheater. With a huge number of dining venues, activities, and entertainment choices, Oasis of the Seas is perfect for travelers looking for endless ways to keep themselves busy.

Cruisers on Oasis of the Seas will enjoy soaring across the zip line that spans across the top of the Boardwalk and trying their best to hang ten on the FlowRider. If surfing or heights aren’t your thing, be sure to check out the ice skating rink, rock climbing wall, or a variety of dance classes. Kids from toddlers to teens will make friends easily in the youth clubs, which are divided up by age. They can meet their favorite DreamWorks characters onboard, such as Alex the Lion and Shrek, and take in a How to Train Your Dragon ice-skating show. High-dive shows in the AquaTheater will get your heart pounding, Broadway at Sea production Cats will have you singing along, and the acrobatic performance Come Fly With Me will leave your jaw on the floor.

This mega-ship is brimming with dining choices, both complementary and specialty. Highlights include Sabor Modern Mexican eatery, Chops Grille steakhouse, casual dining at Park Cafe, and 150 Central Park. For a complimentary meal, everyone will find something to love aboard Oasis of the Seas. Other free dining options include Sorrento’s Pizza, the main dining rooms, the Windjammer buffet, The Dog House located in the SeaPlex active space serving up several kinds of hot dogs, and Park Cafe offering casual deli food. For an elegant evening meal, try Italian restaurant Giovanni’s Table, gourmet farm-to-table cuisine at 150 Central Park, or sushi and other Asian-inspired favorites at Izumi.

When it’s time for an afternoon cocktail, one bar in particular stands above the rest - literally. Rising Tide Bar is like a slow, open-air elevator that serves up beer, wine, and other beverages while moving between Central Park and the Promenade. For a more intimate experience, try Vintages Wine Bar, the ship’s English Pub, and the Schooner piano bar. If you want to move and shake the night away, visit Latin-themed club Boleros.

Oasis of the Seas includes the typical interior, oceanview, and balcony staterooms along with a variety of suites, but also comes with some extra categories due to the ship’s unique architecture. There is a large, open-air space in the center of the ship where Central Park and the Boardwalk reside, and this area is lined with staterooms on either side. When booking an interior, guests have the choice of a true interior with no outside access, or a window room that overlooks the Promenade. When choosing a balcony, there are both oceanside and “interior balconies” to pick from. Suite guests also receive exclusive access to the Coastal Kitchen restaurant, free internet, concierge service, priority boarding, and more depending on the category booked.

Sails from: Port Canaveral, Florida

Cruises to: Caribbean - Eastern, Caribbean - Western

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Wish we were still on board!

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Can't wait to go back on another one! We were disappointed that Labadee was taken off our route, we understood obviously on the other ports but Costa Maya was a disappointment.

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4 out of 5

Didappointment

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reroute was awful. 6200 people should not lose a day because of one person. We should have been given compensation. We also didn't go to Cozumel because of weather. We should have stopped elsewhere.

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4 out of 5

5 days at sea

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Disappointed that one port was cancelled. 5 days at sea was a little much. Royal Caribbean attempted to schedule another port but was unsuccessful. With all the days at sea, the itinerary seemed to be very confusion for everyone including the staff.

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4 out of 5

Royal Caribbean did an awesome job with all the changes due to hurricanes.

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We had a very good time. Always enjoy Royal Caribbean as they treat you well and it is a good mix for older and younger cruisers. Stay up late if you want or get up early and enjoy. One or both and you make it a great time.

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  • Price: $$

  • Size: XL

  • Total Passengers: 5400

  • Total Crew: 1800

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 3.00

  • Built: Dec 2009

  • Refurbished: 7 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 15

  • Total Cabins: 2704

  • Cabin Categories: 86

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AtheK728
Contributor Level: Purser
Mar 12, 2013

Make sure you book your shows well in advance online or as soon as you get on the boat!

happy_cruiser44
Contributor Level: Purser
Feb 12, 2013

Book your entertainment and activities before the cruise to guarantee entrance to the entertainment. Take advantage of all of the programs - you won't be disappointed

HappyNJcouple
Contributor Level: Purser
Jun 09, 2012

From MeetOnCruise iPhone App: Book all your shows online before the cruise. This is crucial or you may not get into some. Do not miss the aqua theater show. It is amazing. This ship and the Allure are UNBELIEVABLE! You will love it.

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