My very first cruise

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 22, 2014
Ship: Oasis of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 14191
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Very first cruise, but not exactly what I expected.  I was very impressed with the size and cleanliness of the ship.  The staff were very friendly, courteous and helpful.  The downsides for us were: (1) we expected more family-oriented activities.  It seemed the activities were geared towards kids in the clubs and activities for grown-ups separately; (2) we were charged $12.00 per day per person in the stateroom for gratuities (three of us).  We weren't sure if this could be changed in any way, but it seemed a hidden cost.  We would have liked to tip our service providers ourselves based on how we ranked their service; (3) there was no iron or laundry facilities onboard as we were told there would be.  As such we paid the cruise line for every item that needed to be pressed and had to send my husband's suits back to be re-done as they came back worst than when we sent them and my formal dress was simply not pressed!; (4) the drinks package was a joke!  the cheapest package was $19.00 per day per person (non-alcoholic).  I'm not sure if other people can consume that much in sodas, lattes and fruit punch daily, but it would take the three of us to consume that much.  If you wanted a soda or fruit punch, you had no choice because all the ship offered was water, flavored water, lemonade, and at breakfast, an apple juice that was too sweet to consume; (5) the excursions were very expensive and everyone seemed to beg for tips upon tips:  tip the driver, tip the tour guide, tip the guide on the river climb, tip the videographer and purchase his videos. Then on the transfer to the airport, the driver asked a bus load of people to not forget about him.  He stood at the bottom of the stairs with his hand out and actually, grabbed my husband's arm and stated "nothing for the driver".  I thought paying for the excursion included payment for all these people!  it was simply over-whelming.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Good options for meals

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5
entertainment was OK, I thought it could have been better and more geared towards activities for the entire family.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
My newly turned 12 year old seemed to have been in a strange group. We tried to drop her off for ice skating and was told that one of us had to stay with her. My husband stayed and missed the show we had reserved.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Friendly, courteous, helpful staff

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
CLEAN!!! Every day staff were cleaning and wiping down the areas

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin was decent size for three people. During the cruise my husband had difficulty sleeping because of the creaking noises the ship made as we moved from port to port.
3 out of 5
It was nice to be at the beach during winter : - )
3 out of 5
We enjoyed the Dunn River Falls excursion
3 out of 5
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