"My wife and I have completed 25+ cruises on NCL, Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Star Clippers and RCL starting in 1999.
On Jan 22/11 my wife, her sister, brother in law and I boarded the RCL Oasis. The boarding procedure was very fast and simple. We went to the Windjammer Cafe to have lunch which was excellent and then proceeded to our cabins.
Scott Leeming of KVI Interline picked deck 8- Cat 'D2'Balcony cabins (Ocean View) and we were very pleased to find that this was the same deck that Central Park was on. The cabin was similar to most other cruise ships and the cabin steward was very friendly, efficient and professional.
There are 17 decks, and Central Park is open to the sky with lots of trees and fresh air. On deck 7,the Boardwalk was a large shopping area and an area where they had parades and entertainment for young and old.
We selected My Time Dining on Deck 5. I reserved all 7 days for dinner at 5:30-6:00 PM. We had no problem with lines which on average were about 5 couples ahead of us. The food in the dining room was fantastic and the service was very good. For breakfast we went to deck 3 in the main dining room where there was table or buffet service offered.
Again the menu offerings and buffet choices were wonderful! Lunch was available at many specialty venues or free food offerings. We chose to eat in Central Park at the little cafe or in the Windjammer. Again the food was plentiful and very good. Three venues offered self service free frozen yogurt every day also.
The entertainment was wonderful with most shows sold out. Important: I made reservations for all the shows well before the cruise on line. All reservations including meals are automatically put on the cruise card. When we appeared at the entrance the card is swiped and in we went. Others without a reservation were placed in a stand by line till 10 minutes before ShowTime. Each show usually ran for the week.
Viewing for all shows was obstruction free with reservations! The ship has an ice arena, an aqua theater, opal theater, comedy theater, 2 flow riders, a zip-line, rock climbing wall and much more.
Did not seem that there was 5500 people , excluding crew, on the ship. Crowds were not a problem. Very large Casino with smoking on port side and no smoking on the starboard side. Could not even smell smoke in starboard side. Must have a great ventilation system.
Departure from the ship took about 10 minutes. Extremely fast and smooth. Everything about this ship was awesome. The crew was super, friendly, efficient and professional. At times it seemed that there was another ship beside us as it is so large. The ship its self was well kept and very clean. In my opinion this ship is superior to any other cruise ship on the ocean.
On a scale of 1-10 I would give the crew and the ship 10+. The ports were good but I was more interested in the ship. We would definitely go on this ship again."