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Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4.5 out of 5
Oasis of the Seas

7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 08, 2020

Ship: Oasis of the Seas

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Review summary

We loved this week with our family! We have been planning it for two years and, as luck would have it, we were the last to cruise on this ship for a month due to the Corona Virus problem.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very quick, went in way ahead of appointment time, took less than an hour to check in and and get onto the ship! Before lunchtime, even!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Loved the Solarium for lunch on Embarkation Day! We went twice during the week, port days we went to Park Café, it's okay but all self serve (except fresh salad items and desserts). Main Dining Room was fine for breakfast, after a couple of a al carte breakfasts, we tried the buffet but servers brought coffee, juice and toast. Very goo service both sides, you could sit on the a la carte side and use the buffet, too. My husband did this but waited over 20 minutes for the eggs to go with it and the waiter never returned to refill our coffee, we had to ask for it to start with. (Waiter was Kabesh on Thursday, we have notified RCL.) We did note that, unlike every other ship we have been on in recent years, no bartenders used our names -- and we frequented one bar, still no personalization. Good service, but we missed that personal touch. Windjammer okay one port day, but hard to maneuver on a cane, unable to walk on my left foot. Breakfast on Debarkation Sunday -- app said Solarium open at 6:30 - at 6:45 am it was closed tight. We chose to do the Windjammer as it was closest. It was a zoo, Robinson again came to our rescue and found us a table and got a waiter to us for coffee. I was surprised by the lack of little tubs or low and nonfat yogurt!

Schooner Bar

5 out of 5

This was our favorite bar for before dinner cocktails and after dinner drinks and entertainment with a very fun piano player, Keith!

Rising Tide Bar

4 out of 5

Fun for one time! Stephanie was a very happy bartender/bar doors attendant! But the Citrus Cosmo had way, way too much cranberry!

Pool Bar

3 out of 5

It was fine on the first port day when we were there, but on Friday, we went there and the waiters took off the whole wrappers from the straws, touching the top parts. We were appalled and brought it to the attention of the Ship's Bar Manager who took our complaint very seriously. Great margaritas, though, we discarded the straws.

150 Central Park

5 out of 5

We went for the Taste of Royal and it was delightful! Only caveat -- they served as a starter, a plate of six small rolls in a circle together. When three plates came out, the six of us thought, sweet, we share! But three MORE came out. We saw this as sad waste of food. Service was excellent!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Main Pool was fine on port day - first couple of days it was too windy. Activities for our ages (68 and 75) were limited to Trivia and Puzzles. We played Yatzee and Mexican Train on our own.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Loved Cats! Great dancing and singing! That was the only show we attended -- and had to nap to make it there, way late showing at 9:45 ending after 11 pm. We loved the piano player in the Schooner Bar, Keith! But, one night he was off and the final night he wasn't coming on until 9:30! We had to get up early for debarkation, we left before he started. That was too bad.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Most of our granddaughters loved Ocean Adventure programs and teen programs.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our room steward was very good. Robinson in the Main Dining Room went out of his way to help us. Boy was our table waiter, excellent service. And, when he would see us at breakfast, even if we weren't seated in his area, he made sure we got excellent service!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beautiful ship - so many areas of it you didn't know you were with another 6000 folks! We liked the Rising Tide Bar for a special treat!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin selector isn't working, we were in 10262, a Jr. Suite. So much storage, we didn't even begin to fill it! Hair dryer very weak, my hair is short and fine, but I had to budget more time for this dryer!

Ship tip

Great ship for families!

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5
We stayed there 2 nights before the cruise. Ate at a wonderful Italian Restaurant, Bellacapri, but it was pretty high priced. Lunched at Juan Carlo (all around 57th St, Hampton Inn Blue Lagoon) twice, great Cuban place!

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

3 out of 5
No excursions. Labadee was okay. We had a margarita there but declined the bbq - extremely long lines for picnic food, we went back to the ship.

Falmouth, Jamaica Did not visit port

Ship substituted Costa Maya. Didn't care for that port. Had way overpriced Margaritas and went back to the ship. No guidance given to us as to options for restaurants.

Cozumel, Mexico Did not visit port

Our grandchildren, though, went swimming with the dophins with their parents, they loved it! We had visited a couple of years ago and visited the fascinating Mayan ruins!

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very quick. We got our of our room by 7:50 and our number (41) had already been called! Very fast through the terminal, Customs used facial recognition! There was some confusion about getting our shuttle van back to our hotel, as I was in a wheelchair at that point. But, we got it figured out!
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