Cruising on a Floating City
Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: May 07, 2016
Ship: Oasis of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 12698
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago
Overall, we enjoyed our cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. It was nice that no tenders were required to go ashore, although we know that was due to the immense size of the ship. This is not our first Caribbean cruise, so we did not sign up for any shore excursions, we just strike out on our own. The on-board amenities were great, but you would expect that from a ship this size.
The meals were typical for a cruise ship, although we had two excellent experiences with the specialty Italian restaurant, Giovanni's. They were approaching people waiting in line for anytime dining and offering discounts. Well worth the extra cost. The main buffet was a madhouse, with the lack of available seating a constant irritation. We opted for the beverage package, since we have been surprised by our bar tab in the past. For anyone that likes to have cocktails before dinner, drinks with dinner and maybe cold beverages at the pool, we would highly recommend this option as well.
A new feature that we loved was the ability to check our bags through to our home airport prior to exiting the ship. Kudos to Royal Caribbean for that one! While other folks were schlepping their bags through customs, we only had a couple of small carry-on bags to deal with.
On-board shows and entertainment were very good, although we would recommend booking your reservations as soon as you board. Some shows were already fully booked when we make our reservations, soon after an early boarding.
Final assessment is that even though we felt that Royal Caribbean did a very good job overall, we will be looking for smaller ships in the future.