Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

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3 out of 5

Nice but a little disappointed

Sail Date: November 21, 2015

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

My husband and I set sail for a Thanksgiving cruise aboard Oasis. This was our 6th cruise and 2nd with RCI. My disappointment is mostly with how infrequently you see the ocean. This was the only cruise I've taken where I felt like I was in a mall rather than a ship. They do a lovely job and the service and room were excellent so I can't really fault RCI. My review has more to do with preferences.

I like the Freedom and Voyager class ships better due to layout. I was not happy with the movie screen being in the AquaTheater - it was rarely used by anyone. I also didn't like that on Oasis the jogging track is on deck 5 (I think) behind the life boats. I prefer it to be at the top of the ship where you can enjoy the ocean views. I am thankful we had a balcony so I had a view as well as a quiet place to read or have breakfast.  

 

I recommend Oasis only for active families with kids since this is not what I'd consider romantic for a couple. Again, due to preferences. Oasis is too large and doesn't feel enough like you're at sea to me so I will stick to the smaller ships or Disney Cruise Line.

Cabin / Stateroom
Our cabin was excellent. We normally do a balcony but would now prefer to stay in JS or above. The walk in closet and extra space really made a difference. We were on the hump so our balcony was rather large with a bistro table and 2 chairs plus 2 sun loungers. VERY, VERY nice.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
This is where having a suite made all the difference in the world. The time it took from entering the terminal to boarding the ship was under 10 minutes for us since we were able to bypass the lines.
Ship Quality
Oasis was clean and well kept. I prefer the design on their smaller ships so I won't knock the rating for a personal preference.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
I know it will be hard to believe but we are in our mid-30's and we had a difficult time finding activities that interested us. I played Bingo (and won a free cruise) but aside from the nightly shows I was disinterested. Not normally an issue for me.
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
The food at Chops and 150 Central Park was ho hum but the service was impeccable. Giovanni's had both great food and service. The main dining room and room service were good. I will commend RCI for improving their room service menu as well.

Tip

Make all of your evening show reservations as soon as booking them is available, usually 90 days before sailing. Also, do not miss the Quest!



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