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Age: 36

Occupation:self employed

Number of Cruises: 16

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Oasis Of The Seas

Sailing Date: 2012-10-31

Itinerary: eastern

just return from a sailing. all in all we had a nice time. we cruise often and are doing so mostly with royal and celebrity (diamond/elite members).

we noticed few things on this sailing that were lacking but they are mostly minor (midnight buffet which we personally dont care for, any music & especially live music during dinning times, promenade etc)

yes, the ship also has couple of new locations that are nice to walk and they have few new sports features. the aqua pool provides new water show which was nice (a little like "O" from cirque de soleil but far far below in quality and showmanship!)

all in all the reason i give 2 starts and the reason i write this review so others can know and make their own decision - we felt and spoke to many other frequent cruisers that all agreed and felt the same. all those new extra features and the hype about the oasis / allure class are not such big deal at all. the over all cruise experience is very much the same if you take oasis class ship or freedom class ship and even older classes

the Huge price difference of 30%-60% premium to this class sailing is absolutely not worth it!!!

we also wanted to try the Oasis for few years and finally caved in and payed the huge price premium. might as well go on 2 cruise vacation on a freedom class....or use the money to dine in specialty restaurant (which have also gotten way way too expensive....what started as a symbolic fee to avoid crowds and over bookings became a money grab with most restaurants charge $30 per person plus gratuities and some on celebrity even $40 plus gratuities - which works out to $100 per couple!), buy gifts to family members, duty free items whatever,

i cant blame RCI too much. they are in the business to make money. i too was willing to pay all those extra fees, such as this sailing, specialty restaurant etc i just feel in recent years this all cash grab is getting way out of hand. till we will demand more they wont stop.

regarding specialty restaurant - trust me the food in those restaurant which is mostly very good is not that much better then the main dinning room which is 100% FREE! It is not worth paying a premium of $75 on average for such dinning experience. with this money you can take your wife for nice dinner when you are back home.

on the oasis they have a cupcake shop where they charge for a cupcake i think $3 or $4!!! the ship is full of many cakes all over the place, dinning room, buffet, cafe promenade (which is next door over from this shop) sorrento pizza and others....they even have a donuts shop and it is all all free of charge!!!

why would RCI charge for a cupcake and why in the hell will any of you pay for one where there are so so many free cakes every step you take. cupcake does not cost more to produce then a cheese cake or a chocolate souffle which you can always get and eat till you drop!!!

regardless of all of the above which is specific, our major disappointment was mainly due the high expectations we had which were not met at all probably due in part to the high price difference in the cruise sale price.

I wish i read such a review before so i could have made a better decision

food was very good as always.

we loved and appreciated the new menu items and almost daily there was a new item we had never tried before. great for frequent cruisers like us cause the same old boring menu was getting old AAA.

stateroom was very small. in fact we payed extra for a larger interior room and we felt it was not at all larger then any room we have seen. i cant imagine how small the regular rooms must be!

they were sub par and less impressive in quantity and quality to what we usually see

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