Comparatively small with a tiny bathroom. The fully stocked mini bar promised when we booked the cruise was nothing of the sort (payable soft drinks and water only even though we we on all inclusive. As said before though, our cabin steward made it comfortable (albeit compact and bijou!) Read entire member review >>
I originally booked 1054, a new two-bedroom, two-bathroom Family Ocean View cabin that was scheduled to be installed during the April 2016 refurbishment, in the space formerly occupied by the Concierge Club. Yes, I booked for myself a cabin that can sleep up to eight. All 589 square feet of it. I also got a pretty good price (a little over USD 2150, including taxes and tips), even though I paid a 200% single supplement.
After I had booked and paid for the cabin, I asked my parents if they wanted to see if Royal Caribbean would combine our reservations and refund half of what I had paid - that is, refund the extra amount I paid for being the solo occupant of a cabin. My parents said they didn't want to be in the same cabin as me, which I completely understood, of course. Even though I had specifically mentioned that 1054 has two bathrooms, they were under the mistaken impression that the cabin has only one bathroom.
In any case, about a week before the departure date, a cruise line representative called my father to ask us if we wanted to combine our reservations and upgrade to a two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite, at no extra cost. The difference between this cabin and the one I had booked is an aft-facing balcony and all of the benefits of being in a suite. (It was at this point that we realized that my parents had been under the mistaken impression that cabin 1054 has only one bathroom.) Anyway, I told my father that I would be happy to share the suite with them, but because I was no longer a solo occupant of a cabin, I wanted Royal Caribbean to refund me the single supplement I had paid. That is, about USD 1000, or half of the cruise fare I paid.
Royal Caribbean refused, but then the representative told my father that cabin 1054, the one I had booked, was not yet finished. Therefore, they moved me to 8500, another, smaller Family Ocean View cabin. This room, at 319 square feet, is still almost twice as big as standard Ocean View cabins (170 square feet). For my inconvenience, my father asked that the cruise line refund me USD 1200. The representative agreed to refund me USD 1000.
When he told me, and I saw the adjusted invoice in my email, I thought, [I]Holy crap![/I] I was going to stay in this big-ass cabin, at the front of the ship, for about half of what I had originally paid. Awesome.
And, it was, indeed, awesome.
For future reference, the cabin can accommodate up to six guests, including a second, small bedroom that can sleep two in upper and lower bunk beds.
Ahmad, the cabin attendant, was wonderful and helpful - although I don't think I ever received my SeaPass account statement at the end of the cruise. Read entire member review >>
CABIN: 7504 - Family Ocean View - large with lots of extra room compared to regular ocean view rooms. 2 issues to consider: the 2 large windows face forward and if the ship is heading into the sun it gets hot in the room through the windows. Also, there is a crew access hall right next to the room, and there was a bothersome amount of noise coming from the crew activities. Also, whenever the crew has a cigarette in their area or nearby, the smell of cigarettes is evident in the cabin. Furniture is old, sometimes shabby, and carpet is average. Lots and lots of storage space. Normal bathroom - small but clean and functional. Our cabin attendant Israel introduced himself on day 1 and met all my special requests and did an excellent job and was always smiling and in a good mood. Read entire member review >>
Only two of us in room so plenty of space. Room was ok at best. Requests were fulfilled, towels were fine, but the room wasn't as clean as in the past and wasn't kept as clean either. When you close the room darkening curtain, it blocks off the air conditioning so it is not effective. (Poor design.) We were in the front of the ship. I thought we'd be above the show theater, but ended up being above a crew area. Banging doors, loud noises all night long. (Not the usual docking early sounds we've come to expect in this location.) Had it much better on deck 8 last year. Read entire member review >>