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Old July 26th, 2013, 08:00 PM
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I have a question for all you loyal RC cruisers.
My cruise partners and I plan on cruising RC after our next cruise, however neither of them want to sail on the Oasis class ships. They feel their too big and too much like Mall of America . What other RC ships do you recommend? Voyager class , Freedom class ..... give me some ideas and I'll look into them. I'm not into Majesty of the Seas class of ship did that one time and we never looked at RC after that.
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I have a question for all you loyal RC cruisers.
My cruise partners and I plan on cruising RC after our next cruise, however neither of them want to sail on the Oasis class ships. They feel their too big and too much like Mall of America . What other RC ships do you recommend? Voyager class , Freedom class ..... give me some ideas and I'll look into them. I'm not into Majesty of the Seas class of ship did that one time and we never looked at RC after that.
I will say that, in my opinion, the Radiance class of ships are some of the most beautiful at sea. The use of glass and design always lets you know you are at sea. They have the standard Royal Caribbean amenities such as the steak house, Johnny Rockets, Rock Climbing but do not have the mega-ship features such as ice rink, diving shows and grand promenades but, for me, they aren't needed.

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I truly did not feel like Allure felt like a mall of America in the least. There were never any over crowded areas throughout the ship, even when getting off and on in ports. The buffet is laid out nicely with all different stations, so no standing in like for food or drinks, etc. There are so many different place to eat and so many good shows. I just wouldn't rule out either Oasis or Allure. Freedom of the Seas is pretty close, just without all the bells and whistles of the Oasis class.

I will also, agree with Mike on the Radiance class, they are the prettiest ships around, but missing a lot of the areas you will find on the newer ones. Best bet, look at all the ships and choose a route and islands you want to visit and narrow down the ships that work.
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The Oasis Class seems less crowded to me than the Freedom Class although the Liberty Of The Seas is my personal favorite ship. I've spent a lot of time on that ship, so it biases my opinion a bit. The Radiance ships do have a large following among Crown & Anchor members. They are large ships but with a smaller passenger load than other ships of similar size, so you have lots of room. Look for one of the Radiance class that has had the Royal Advantage Enhancements which added some of the Oasis/Allure features and you'll have a happy medium for you and your friends.
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I would not rule out Oasis class...They are less crowded ships that offer different options for food, entertainment, activities, music and dance. When I hear the word mall Macy's, Lord and Taylor, Sears and Bloomingdales comes to mind.....Oasis class has none of these stores onboard.

However love and had wonderful cruises on Freedom and Voyager class too.

Maybe narrow it down to what port you want to fly to and sail from and what ports you want to visit.

Brilliance out of Tampa does a 5 nighter to Grand Cayman and Coz and you can find some really really good rates too....off peak of course
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I also agree that the Oasis and the Allure do not feel crowded. They are not like malls at all.
They have many venues and people are not all hanging around the same place.
The freedom class ships are quite nice and I enjoyed my two cruises on the Liberty.

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I have to agree with others; we did not feel crowded on the Allure of the Seas. It truly is a remarkable ship. But if you're not into a ship that big, then I also have to agree with others that the Radiance-class ships are very nice. They are our favorite class of RCCL ship of all of them.

Now, with that said, if I'm simply looking at ships, personally I prefer something like the Royal Princess or even better yet, the new Solstice-class ships in the Celebrity fleet.

But as with everything, it really depends on what you're looking for, your lifestyle, and your budget.

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Thanks everyone.

It's mostly the one gal who doesn't want to sail the Oasis class, I'm good with it and the other girl just wants to know when to send the check. My friend was saying something like trees should not be on ships.

I also think we want to have a better comparison of RC to Carnival and am not sure you can fairly compare the Oasis class to any other cruise ship no matter what line.

We have some talking and looking to do over the next few weeks, she also mentioned maybe Princess but that line doesn't excite me at this time.

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[QUOTE=Aerogirl;1480483]

I also think we want to have a better comparison of RC to Carnival and am not sure you can fairly compare the Oasis class to any other cruise ship no matter what line.

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Oasis and Allure are in a class by themselves. I would say they are first class.

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I also think we want to have a better comparison of RC to Carnival and am not sure you can fairly compare the Oasis class to any other cruise ship no matter what line.

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Oasis and Allure are in a class by themselves. I would say they are first class.

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That's what I was saying, I don't think you can all around compare cruise lines with the Oasis class ships and that's what we want to do since we always cruise on Carnival and a few of you tell me how much better the other lines are. Like I mentioned in the past we sailed on RC MOTS back in 2000 and really didn't care for it and we had sailed on Carnival Fantasy two year earlier and it was really good.

I will make it on Allure with or without my regular cruisemates as it is something I want to check out because even though it may not be the type of ship I would normally want to sail on I know I'm going to have a blast and who knows maybe it will become my #1.
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Definitely the Oasis-class ships are something to try at least once! They are truly in a class by themselves and unlike any other cruise ship in the world. If you're going when school is in session, there will obviously be a whole lot less kids, which will result in a much more enjoyable experience.

Food is always very subjective on any ship, but personally we found the food in the main dining room to be just okay. It's tough to prepare food for 6000 quests in 4 hours and be able to do so with great quality. It's not bad, but not as good as RCCL use to be years ago, for sure. The specialty restaurants are very good and while they do have an extra cost, we found it worth it to do them on a few nights.

But these ships are truly a destination in and of themselves. Just make sure you go see all the shows in the main show lounge, in the Promenade, in the ice rink, and in the Aqua Theater. Unlike most shows on ships, we thoroughly enjoyed all of these.

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The Oasis class ships are amazing. We've done Oasis once, and would do it again (or Allure).

Fact is there is so much to do onboard that these offer more than any other ship for food, entertainment, and activities.

As for being crowded - we never found that to be the case - the bigger the ship, the more room for cruisers to get around and do things.

There's no doubt that when you've got 6,000+ passengers...that reflects alot of people on board. Then again, we're talking a ship with 18 decks, 1187 feet long and 208 feet wide - alot of room to move about without problems. Add 23 restaurants (not even including the gigantic dining room), Aquatheater with shows, 2 flowriders, minigolf, a huge theater for shows, ice skating and skating show, pubs, shops, promenade the size of a mall...and so on....this should be on every cruisers "have to do it at least once" list.

We'll go back on Oasis or Allure sometime again without any hesitation.

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