Beautiful ship with flaws

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Overall rating:

3.6 out of 5
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Oasis of the Seas

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 11, 2018

Ship: Oasis of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 14581

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The Oasis is a beautiful ship but did not have enough space for the amount of people on board. All the theaters, bars, restaurant, pools, shops we're too small for the amount of people on the ship. I will not go back on an Oasis class ships. In the words of my 11 year old the Oasis of the seas is a bigger but smaller ship when compared to Liberty of the Seas. We learned our lesson bigger isn't always better. Next time we will stay with the freedom class ships!

Embarkation

4 out of 5
We left an hour and a half late.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The food from the windjammer buffet was lukewarm to cold. Not very good. Many items lacked flavor. We had my time dinning so our main dinning room was American Icon. This was sadly disappointing, they never came around to take dinner pictures, it was impossible to get reservations, many guest wore shorts and t-shirts. It was not like "formal dinning" at all. We did get upgraded to Silk restaurant one night because the American Icon was too full. The Silk was more like the formal dinning. The atmosphere was much nicer, it was decorated nicer, they took pictures, and people dressed for like cruise formal dinning. This is the kind of experience you would expect on a Royal Caribbean cruise. The cafe in Central Park was nice we ate most of our breakfast and lunches their. They had basic bagels, some breakfast sandwiches, muffins for breakfast and had very nice salads and sandwiches for lunch. Jonny Rockets had the best milkshakes! Their breakfasts was nothing to brag about, only the windjammer food served on plates.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Pools / hot tubs were over crowded! The idea of Boardwalk was nice but it lacked in activities, they had face painting and balloons and carnival games for the little kids under 7.but they should have added magician and jugglers. The whole ship lacked in things to do for the tweens, ages 9-15. My son was 11 and was "board" on the ship. He was counting on spending time at the arcades but most of the machines were "OUT OF ORDER". We tried ice skating which my son loves to do but it was way to crowded and the ice was in bad shape, Which made it very hard to skate on. We did watch a couple of movies in the outdoor movie screens at the aqua theater that was kind of fun. We had very windy weather so for 2 sea days the flow rider, rock wall, zip line, pools, putt putt golf, tennis, basketball, and ice skating was all closed. We wasn't able to do any of that. We did ice skate prior to them closing it. The shops were all geared towards adults nothing our 11 year old was interested in.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The ice skating and aqua, and the headliner shows were very good. We made reservations for them before we got on the ship. My husband and I tried to see a comedy show all 7 nights but we never got in because they were full. On the last day they had a family friendly comedy show but we weren't able to see that one either because it was to to full. We did go to the prohibition party. That was fun and worth the $35 each person. wish we could have seen some of the other shows. Everything was just over crowded and long lines for everything we did.

Studio B

5 out of 5

The Ice skating show is very nice! But make reservations early!

AquaTheater

5 out of 5

Excellent show don't miss. Make sure you have reservations prior to boarding the ship or you won't get in.

Children's Programs

2 out of 5
We put our 11 year old in the kids club for a couple of hours while my husband and I had lunch 1 day he complained it was boring and begged us not to make him go again. The ship lacked tween entertainment! My son wasn't interested in the DreamWorks activities and face painting. When we went on the Liberty of the Seas 3 years ago they had jugglers, acrobats ect this ship didn't have any of that.

Arcade

1 out of 5

All 3 arcades were very small. And 90%of the games were OUT OF ORDER. We pre ordered a $100 arcade card and after 4 days we asked for a refund of the $70 we didn't use. The Liberty of the Seas had a huge arcade and we spent $100 in a matter of 2 hours. In 4 days we only spent $30. What a huge disappointment!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Walter was our room stewards he did an excellent job!! He was very helpful!! Guest services was very nice. All the employees we came across was very nice polite and helpful.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Beautiful ship. Central park and Boardwalk we're nice and clean. The theaters, and bars were too small. They lost too much space by having Central Park on the 8th floor and open space all the way to the 16 floor. Boardwalk on the 6th floor and open all the way up.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Our stateroom was too small for 3 people when the sofa was turned to a bed you couldn't walk around the bed to get to the balcony. The balcony over Central Park was very nice!

Ship tip

Make all reservations prior to boarding!!!! Any shows you want to see. Skip the My Time Dinning and do the traditional 6 or 8pm dinning. All the shops are geared to the high end pricing.

Ports of call

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
We did the Ultimate Island Tour. The tour was very nice, but sad to see all the hurricane destruction! We didn't have enough time to shop on the French side only 25 min. The stores were mostly destroyed but the little market was nice with hand made items. The boat part of the tour was a lot of Fun. I would highly recommend this tour. We did not shop in St. Phillipsburg. Most of the buildings we're destroyed so we went back to the port and did a little shopping in port before boarding.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

2 out of 5
We only had a total of 6 hour in San Juan. Wish we could have had more time! We did go on the San Jan city and mall tour. This was a huge disappointment! The tour guide/driver did a great job, however we didn't get to see Casablanca. We only drove past the forts. Instead of going to the San Juan mall we went to the Americas mall due to the hurricane destroying the San Juan mall. The mall was a huge waste of time. It had the same stores we have here in the US.

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

4 out of 5
To my surprise we really liked Labadee. We didn't book any excursions because beach, sand, water, zip line, and roller coasters are not our thing. Labadee was very pretty. We did go to the market, which was awful each and every Hatian tried to pressure you into buying their items. You couldn't look at something with out them in your face bothering you. I was done shopping in about 30 seconds. We turned around and walked out. On our way back to the ship we stopped in a building that had the natives selling their handmade goods. But no pressure you walk around and look at stuff without being side tracked to look at something else.... Everything was priced and everyone was very nice, we bought about 80% of our souvenirs from that building. We got to talk with the natives and learn about the culture!

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We paid the extra $25 per person to get the valet luggage it was the best $75 I spent. We didn't have to do anything with our luggage after packing it up. We had no lines getting off the ship, no line to find our luggage. We didn't have to try to find our luggage after getting off the ship. Customs was a breeze with only our backpacks (carry-ons)
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