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Who has never been on Oasis or Quantum class?

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There is something about the first day on anthem as well as other lines of mega ships  that made me say, oh no what have I done but then everyone finds their niche and  the crowds disperse.

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Have been on Anthem and didn't feel crowded.  Never thought I would be willing to try Oasis but RCL is offering a 4-nighter in October 2020 so I signed up.

I read somewhere that cruise lines were increasing the number of shorter cruises because they were thought to be instrumental in getting people on a first time cruise.  RCL seems to have the biggest selection of 4 and 5 nighters.

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Been on both ,  Oasis class is the only class we will cruise on going forward.

If you like Radiance class you will find Oasis class very different .

We didn't like the Radiance class so much .

Its nice that RCCL offers many classes for all to enjoy .

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We’ve been on a variety of size ships with RCI.  Enjoyed them all, including Anthem, which is our favorite so far. Anthem never felt crowded on our fall sailing. We are going again on it for the same sailing this year.  

 

We will finally sail Oasis class next December, on Harmony. Don't expect to sail Oasis class very often, mainly because of the limited ports they visit. We don’t like to sail to the same ports over and over. 

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My first Quantum class is in two weeks on Anthem and we are also going on Ovation in September. I really want to try Oasis class someday!

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13 hours ago, jndsilver31 said:

My DW and I have been on the Freedom of the Seas twice (our first two cruises ever), then the Allure of the Seas, the Independence of the Seas (a 4 day Thanksgiving cruise), and the Harmony of the Seas.
We loved the Freedom. We thought that the Freedom would be the biggest, but we wanted to try the Allure. We feel in love with the Oasis class ships. We have a cruise on the Oasis booked for April, 2020.

I understand that a lot of people think that the size is a big turn off or that the itineraries are lacking. the Oasis class ships are limited on the ports that they can visit, but as someone earlier said, the ship is the destination.

Remember there are about 6300 passengers on an Oasis class ship, making reservations for the shows are a must. My wife and I never fly but the seat of our pants. We always plan what we are going to do starting about a year before the cruise. In fact next Sunday will be a year till our 2020 cruise, so we will start some planning and preliminary list making.

The reservation thing is still something that I don't really get. We had reservations and we always lined up 30 minutes before the doors opened and they opened 30 to 45 minutes before the show. This is the same thing we would do if we didn't have reservations. Seems like all the reservations do is waste the staff's time in order to check reservations (not to mention the resources needed to have the reservation system in the first place). Things like NorthStar and Ifly make sense since the capacity is limited, but I don't really see the sense of reservations in venues like Royal Theater and Two70 (and I distinguish this from specific seating being reserved for certain cabin classes).

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Sailed Anthem last October and it was the largest ship we sailed. I only once felt the crowding and it was when a show let out and there was a sale at the shops on board. We were at the Pub and it was a little crowded but not terrible. That said, it was not our favorite but that could be the actual cruise, not the ship. I longed to be on a smaller ship BUT it may have been just that I longed for a sunny Caribbean cruise (it was a Canada/New England fall sailing) and time in the pool. 

 

We sail Symphony next month and I am curious to how I like it. I am keeping my mind open but so far, I think I am realizing that small/mid-sided ships fit our cruising style best.

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Did the Anthem twice and looking forward to Quantum next year.  Only felt crowded after muster and during retail sales, found the entertainment the best on Anthem.  We have also enjoyed Mariner twice, looking forward to the ABC islands in May on Adventure.  We have found each class has its advantages, in the future have b2b scheduled on Brilliance and a b2b on Radiance.  One of the advantages of RCI is the great variety of ships available.  Hope to book our first Oasis class ship in 2021.

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ME! Never wanted to do Oasis class even though I live 15 minutes from Port Canaveral. I've always liked smaller ships but all the rave reviews of the Harmony make me want to try it after it comes to PC

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18 hours ago, cruiseguy1016 said:

We haven't been yet and don't intend to any time soon. The crowding doesn't bother me because from what I've heard, and as others have mentioned, the ship is big enough where crowding doesn't seem to be an issue. We won't cruise on them for a couple of reasons. One, so far every time I have tried to price a cruise, Oasis class and Quantum class have always been significantly higher priced than other ships doing the same itinerary. Second, it's my understanding that you have to have reservations for every show you want to go to. I don't want that. I want to go when I want to go. We never know how our days and nights are going to play out. Sometimes we feel like going, sometimes we don't. If all of sudden we decide we want to go to a show, we go. I don't want to be turned away because we didn't reserve a spot ahead of time.

Our upcoming cruise is only our second RCI, but I agree with you wholeheartedly. Several years ago we were on the NCL Epic, which holds 4.5k. Embarkation was a nightmare, the ship did feel crowded, and reservations were needed for just about everything. We're on vacation and our schedule is a seat-of-the-pants sort of thing. What we have planned for our evening many times changes with how our day has gone and how tired we are. I much prefer the older ships that max out at 3.5k and under passengers. 

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Been on Oasis once and wasn’t a fan.  Several times we had to wait 10-15 minutes for an elevator.  (I can’t walk up multiple flights of stairs).  We absolutely experienced crowding.   We’re trying Oasis class again on Harmony in September.  Also trying Quantum class on Anthem in November.  

 

We usually sail for the itinerary and neither Oasis or Quantum class offer anything out of the ordinary.  Our sailing on Harmony and Anthem are thanks to (extremely cheap) Casino Royale.  Hopefully our opinions change.

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The Quantum class is only about 12K gross tons bigger than the Freedom class.

 

That being said, I found the Freedom class to be a little too big, and I felt the same on the Anthem, though I felt Anthem dealt with crowds better than Independence.  I felt the Promenade and the Esplanade made me feel like I was in a mall, not a ship.  I have no been on an Oasis class, partially because their itinerary feels a bit mundane and inflexible, probably given that not every port can handle an Oasis class ship.

 

That being said, I have an Allure cruise booked in November and I'm hoping my fears are alleviated.

 

Personally, I feel the Voyager class is the perfect merging of the two.  Not too big like the Freedom class, but not so small that it allows for the Royal Caribbean specialties to come out like their promenade, flow rider and ice rink. 

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We have been on Freedom class (Liberty) and Radiance class (Serenade) and we are going on Mariner, which a Voyager class, this weekend.  I can say that I liked both of the Royal ships that we have been on but am anxious to try an Oasis and Quantum class ship.  Hopefully 2020 will find us on Oasis of the Seas.

 

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So far, we have chosen the itinerary first, and then the ship/price. We haven't needed to sail on an Oasis class or Quantum class so far. We LOVED Radiance OTS in Alaska for all that amazing glass and views from just about everywhere. Even the elevator ride comes with a view. Would we try the mega-ships? Maybe. For the right itinerary and price, yes.

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We choose cruises by timing (non negotiable), itinerary and departure port, in that order.   Ship, cruise line and price are not that important. 

 

TBH I have wanted to sail an Oasis class for years but knowing DH I know his first question will be “how many days off work and where does it go?” And no cruise that uses a week of vacation and only goes to the same old ports is worth it to him. 

 

But after years of waiting finally there is one Oasis class cruise that made the cut. We will be sailing Symphony this Memorial Day weekend.   

 

 

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On 4/21/2019 at 2:05 PM, Grand PooBah said:

 Once you try it, you will never go back.

We sailed on the Allure. It was an absolutely wonderful cruise. Truly one of the most enjoyable cruises I’ve ever taken, and nothing out there compares. 

 

BUT, we are not rushing to sail on the Oasis class ship again any time soon. Why? As noted above we had a great cruise, but I felt it was more of a “been there, done that, got the T-shirt” kind of cruise.

 

I’ve felt the same way when I’ve sailed on other “niche” cruise ships, so it’s not just the Oasis class. For example, we sailed on the Disney Fantasy. Wonderful cruise as well, but one time was enough. But a large percentage of fellow cruisers on that sailing were rabid Disney fans that compulsively sail on them.

 

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My DH and I have not gone on either.  I want to feel like I am on actual cruise ship (see the ocean).  We also do not like crowds-was on Liberty once and it was too big for us.  

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I haven't yet.  I'd like to try some day. The price and ports just haven't fit.  Maybe if I take my kids, I'd be willing to go to some of the ports, but not going by myself. I'd rather experience new ports.

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On 4/21/2019 at 10:21 AM, MrCruzdoggie said:

We feel the size and the amount of people is just too much. We have been on all other ships though.

We have sailed on 4 Oasis Class ships and love them, especially transatlantics which sail with only a dozen or so kids. .  We have a 18 night transpacific booked on Ovation for 2020 and I have a slight hesitation thinking the ship will be too small.  

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We have never been on an Oasis or Quantum class ship. Our last cruise was on Celebrity Summit. We tried to book Celebrity again next year, but their prices really shot up compared to what we were able to negotiate last year.

 

At the moment, we have reservations for both Anthem and Oasis next year for the same dates and have to decide which reservation to keep.

 

Anthem seems to be the most logical choice for us. The cruise is less expensive. Flights will be a lot cheaper. The skydiving simulator is on my bucket list. Space seems to be used more efficiently. It seems to have nearly all the features and activities of Oasis class with a smaller footprint. My mind seems to be saying that Anthem is the correct choice.

 

That being said, the thought of Oasis creates more anticipation and excitement. I don't entirely understand why, but it just creates more of an emotional response. We have a Boardwalk balcony overlooking the Aqua Theater. The layout and design of the Oasis makes me feel there is much more to explore, learn and enjoy. My current guess is that Oasis is the one we will keep.

 

I have seen neither ship. All I know is from deck plans and YouTube videos.  For whatever reason, Oasis just feels more inviting.

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The biggest we've been on is the HOTS.  Never, ever again.  WAY too big for our tastes.  We only do Radiance Class ships now.

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Sailing the Oasis class is easy with at least 3 ships sailing in the US the Quantum

Class  is more difficult with only one ship the Anthem sailing out of the US.  It would be nice if Royal would port another out if the US instead of send all of them to the Far East.  I do think they are using one in Alaska this season finally. 

 

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11 hours ago, volk904 said:

 It would be nice if Royal would port another out if the US instead of send all of them to the Far East.  I do think they are using one in Alaska this season finally. 

Ovation is sailing out of Seattle for next few seasons and Q+5 will likely be in Florida.

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I've done Radiance class (Jewel) and was bored out of my skull with little to do.  We love Voyager class.  Been on all except Voyager.  Perfect size.  Been on Freedom and it felt much more crowded than Voyager class.  Now we are trying Allure next year on the fall TA.  We had heard many times that people went on the ship for a week long cruise and didn't get to experience everything.  With a TA we get 2 weeks to explore and we also got a Grand Suite so if it does feel crowded we can retreat to our extra spacious cabin and balcony.  Plus the Coastal Kitchen and Suite Deck in the front of the ship are also nice perks.

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