Royal Caribbean has introduced some very fresh cabin designs for Oasis of the Seas, including the industry's first multi-level lofts.
Most unusual are the 28 loft suites, an urban living concept that ties in with the ship's very city-chic Central Park neighborhood. Each loft, which begin at 545 square feet, features a downstairs living area with a vanity, LCD television and guest bathroom; the upper-level bedroom overlooks this area and also features a master bathroom with his-and-hers shower heads, fog-free mirrors and limestone mosaic tile accents.
There are three different loft-category staterooms:
There are 25 Crown Loft Suites (545 square feet), featuring all of the aforementioned amenities. One of these is handicap accessible; it's slightly larger (737 square feet) and includes an elevator for passengers to access the upper level of the suite.
Two Sky Loft Suites (which stand alone, but can also be connected for a larger group) are 722 and 720 square ft.; each one features more living space than the Crowns, as well as a separate dining area that seats four and a spacious balcony with sun loungers.
The single Royal Loft Suite, the top of the line in this category, accommodates six and is the largest at 1,524 square feet. Perks include: a Baby Grand piano, indoor and outdoor dining rooms that seat eight, a wet bar, a library, and a balcony outfitted with a separate LCD television, entertainment area and Jacuzzi. This suite can connect to a Crown Loft Suite to accommodate a party of 10.
Nearly as atypical as the loft accommodations are Oasis of the Seas' inward facing Boardwalk and Central Park view cabins, the large majority of which feature balconies exposed to the elements.
There are 254 Central Park-view balconies (four are wheelchair accessible), and 80 Park-view windowed cabins.
The Boardwalk will feature 221 inward facing Boardwalk View balcony staterooms. There will also be eight Boardwalk View staterooms -- like accommodations but with picture windows instead of balconies.
The ship will also feature the standard inside and oceanview cabins, as well as cabins with views out onto Oasis of the Seas' Royal Promenade, the shopping mall-like venue that's become a staple on Royal Caribbean ships.
In addition to the aforementioned cabins, Oasis of the Seas will feature a variety of suite categories.
We're most excited about the six AquaTheater suites that overlook the Boardwalk neighborhood. These feature private wraparound balconies on one side, a bird's eye view of the AquaTheater below, and on the other side, an outdoor bar for entertaining with a table for six for oceanfront dining. These are family suites for eight with two bedrooms and two full baths.
Most abundant among the suites are the Grand Suites. There are 30, all featuring one bedroom, a full bath and a separate living area. The balcony features woven chaise loungers and a jetted tub for two.
Royal Caribbean's popular Presidential Family Suite is back. On Oasis of the Seas, the suite will accommodate 14 guests with four bedrooms and four baths. The space is similar to that on the Freedom-class ships. Expect floor-to-ceiling windows facing the ocean and a balcony large enough to hold the whole clan, with its own LCD screen and jetted tub.
Otherwise, Oasis of the Seas' regular Family Suite (there are four of them) feature a master bedroom and bath as well as a guest room with a private bath, and a balcony with space for outdoor dining and lounging for four.
Ten Owner's Suites accommodate four passengers with one bedroom, living area and a bathroom; the private balcony holds a table for four. A queen sleeper sofa for two is also in these suites.
One Royal Suite sleeps four and features one bedroom, two baths, a separate living area (again, with a Baby Grand, as well as a full bar and 52-inch LCD TV), floor-to-ceiling windows and doors leading to a balcony with woven chaise lounges. The private master suite has a jetted tub and large windows facing the sea.
Other cabin touches include additional under-the-bed storage, shelf units, closets with expandable clothing and shoe shelves (now I don't have to feel guilty about packing an entire bag of high heels!), and flip-up bedside tables (a cool space-saving feature). Bathrooms will feature showers enclosed in clear glass (we're glad the line is keeping with avoiding the fabric curtains that make bathing onboard nearly impossible on other lines' ships!).