It was rumored that the focus of today's big Oasis of the Seas reveal in New York City would be accommodations onboard. While it turned out Royal Caribbean had a lot more than that up its sleeve, some fresh cabin designs were in fact unveiled, including the industry's first multi-level lofts.
On the blueprints are 28 lofts, an urban living concept that ties in with the very city-chic Central park neighborhood planned for the ship. Each loft, which begin at 545 square ft., 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 will be four different loft-category staterooms:
There will be 25 Crown Loft Suites (545 square ft.), featuring all of the aforementioned amenities. One of these will be handicap accessible; it's slightly larger (737 square ft.) and includes an elevator for guests to access the upper level of the stateroom.
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 ft. 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.
Royal Caribbean also revealed some details the accommodations found in the Boardwalk, the second of Oasis' seven neighborhoods.
Similar to the accommodations found overlooking Central Park, 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.
In addition to the lofts and Boardwalk staterooms, Royal Caribbean has released information about a variety of special suites in the works for Oasis.
We're most excited about the six AquaTheater suites that will 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, 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 guests 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.
The rest of the staterooms (there are 37 categories in totatl!) have not yet been outlined in detail, but will feature some of the same innovations as the suites and loft cabins highlighted today, namely, 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!).
Stay tuned for more information; cabins will be available for booking by September 3, 2008, so we expect more information to be trickled out between now and then.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor
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