We like outside balconies, but chose the Central Park balcony for a different experience and something you can't get anywhere else. They gave us a bottle of wine and a free lunch at a specialty restaurant. We also called Royal directly to book the cruise - it was cheaper by booking on another site so they gave us a bottle of champaign and some extra food in the room by booking with Royal.
The room was standard. We did appreciate the interactive channel on the TV that had our account balance and anything else we needed. We've been on another carrier where you could only see your balance or reservations by visiting guest services.
We wanted to relax a lot on this cruise, so having this balcony was great because you could hear the trees blow in the wind and they pump in bird and cricket noises. At night, they had a pianist and violinist each night that was very calming and fun to listen to from the room. But you did look right into other people's rooms and that was the only problem we had.
If we were to book a room again, we would go with out outside balcony. The Central Park view was neat but we missed looking at the ocean and ports of call. Read entire member review >>
Great cabin. Lots of storage. Very clean. Refrigerator did not get cold enough without putting ice bucket in fridge.
Bed and pillows very comfortable.
TV in cabin awful selection. Movies should be free of charge. Read entire member review >>
Great room. You could hear band from pool above in the afternoon when out on the balcony. You could also hear the music from central park at night which was more soothing than the music from the pool deck above. Read entire member review >>
Bed is by the balcony. Made room seem big.
Great views of Central Park at night with the classical music.
Missed the ocean view. Feels like you are on land.
Room seemed to never get really cool.
Could hear elevator shaft sounds sometimes in the day time. Very low (not annoying.) Unsure what is above the room.
I highly recommend this room Read entire member review >>
The newer ships like the Oasis Class and Harmony Class ships have updated things we used to have to take with us. They have a night light in the bathrooms and extra plugs including under the bed, in the cabins. These were great for my CPAP machine and charging our phones/radios. These were big improvements for us. Thank you!! Read entire member review >>
Bathroom was so much smaller than other ships we have been on. Green sofa in room was black from dirt and needs to be taken out. Layout was a little awkward, especially getting to closet Read entire member review >>
Stateroom was small and cramped for two people. Of course we didn't spend all our time in the room but this omment still applies. It felt like the cruise line ship designers designed this ship to hold the most passengers with the minimum of space per person. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was excellent. I have no complaints. The housekeeping staff was also excellent. If I were to choose and inside balcony cabin again however, I think I would choose one in the aqua theater area above the boardwalk. That's a fun area. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin overlooked Central Park. Beautiful! Had to keep our drapes shut at night otherwise the other cabins could look in and also people from the pool could see in our cabin. The room attendant was outstanding! Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was 1 deck below the pool. Be ready for some loud music at the pool the first day as everyone is in party mode. Other than that the room was very quiet. Some mornings we would hear pool chairs being dragged by other cruisers, but other than that very quiet. The stateroom was roomy and the balcony just beautiful as you hear birds singing every morning. There is always a nice breeze. We wished that an ocean view balcony would have been available but when we booked in February the ocean view balconies were sold out. So, book early. Can't wait till our next cruise! Read entire member review >>
Cabin was nice, had all the same amenities that any other balcony cabin has. Room steward did a great job keeping up the room and kept us supplied with clean towels and fun towel animals. Read entire member review >>
Modern Cabin, loved the fact that you have 2 sets of lights. The main lights that illuminate the entire cabin well. and LED lights for night and low consumption so you're not in total pitch darkness when you arrive from the bar at night to sleep.
The bathroom has plenty of space and feels good to use. Read entire member review >>
This is a normal RCI balcony cabin (which are great), but when on our balcony, thousands of people could see us (even from the elevator landings) so don't count on any privacy at all. Moreover, with the view not really changing it wasn't worth the money. Read entire member review >>
Beautiful room with a huge balcony. Plenty of storage with a beautiful view! It was a great atmosphere having the balcony sliding door open to listen to the piano and violin players in the evenings. No bugs were a plus too. I was nervous at first, but we slept with the door open an inch so we could hear the nighttime noises (cricket soundtrack) and didn't have any bug problems. :) Read entire member review >>
When we cruise, Oasis class ships we love the Central Park balcony cabins. We love the flora and the many Paxs walking in & out. Lots of traffic around Central Park Café.
Not a bad size cabin for our needs. From past cruises, we try to get cabin with bed near the sliding glass door as we do not want the hassle of messing with the closet. Safe is a bit smaller than other ships in the fleet. One improvement made from the 1st Oasis cruise in 2011 was the placement of electrical outlets on the desk and not under. Cabin steward was excellent and knew of our needs.
One wish is to be able to receive more tv channels in cabins. Read entire member review >>
My cabin was as clean as could be...my steward was wonderful...I just couldn't ask for more...he even did really cool towel animals...they weren't necessary, but he took the time to do them. Read entire member review >>
Oversized balcony! Room not too comfortable for two people in twin beds. One bed was pushed very close to the closet making it very difficult to get to wardrobe. Room is next to a service galley so we did hear some noise from time-to-time when the crew was being loud. Read entire member review >>
Central park was great! nice and quiet and there were birds chirping during the day and crickets at night. Such a pretty view even though we were barely in our room the whole cruise as there is just so much to do onboard. Rooms were small but better than any other ship I have been on. Only complaint was that it seemed as if the A/C was weak throughout the night as it was a bit hot in our room at nighttime. Read entire member review >>
The balcony on the Central Park was quiet and comfortable. The more expensive Boardwalk balcony was hotter and noisier. I am glad we did the Central Park balcony although I prefer ocean view... Read entire member review >>
Cabin was okay, smaller than we expected. Closet is so shallow the sleeves on our sweaters and sport coat had to be pushed back to close the doors. No drawers and the night stand was nothing more than a double shelf telephone stand. Balcony was okay overlooking central park - it's not as peaceful and private as expected. TV selection of shows is sad. Other than the news and some kids programs everything of any interest is pay per view. NO free internet or laundry for frequent cruisers. Read entire member review >>
We had booked a Central Park mid-ship deck 12 balcony cabin #12587 and I am very glad we did. Was quiet and the location of the cabin was very close to the elevators and stairs. The location was also very convenient to Central Park as it was on deck 8 and Royal Promenade decks 5-6. The cabin space is enough for two people, the bed was closer to the balcony and the couch closer to the closet making it easy to get to our things. I would recommend this location. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was very nice. Our balcony overlooked Central Park and the bar elevator. Our cabin steward, Raul, was fantastic. I told him the first day that I would like some ice and he renewed it twice a day for the remainder of the cruise. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was of adequate space and well maintained. Our steward did a great job of cleaning and complied with each and every request...and then some. This was a first for us as this was a balcony cabin with a view of the inside of the ship. We found in novel but by the end of cruise was longing for an ocean view. The balcony door keeps all the noise out if it is properly closed. Our friends complained of noise during the night and they were in the adjoining cabin. I demonstrated how to properly lock the door and the problem was solved. Read entire member review >>
Lovely view of beautiful Central Park. Loved the nature noises from the park, but had to close the balcony door when music got too loud on the pool deck. Nice place to sit outside and read. Read entire member review >>
We were staying in a balcony stateroom overlooking central park, we had 11243 and 11245 which were towards the rear of the ship and near the rear lifts.The cabins have different layouts, in 11243 the couch was near the balcony and the beds were near the wardrobes. In 11245, the couch was near the wardrobes and the bed near the balcony. The latter being the better layout, as the couch is near the wardrobes there is little room and you have to sit on the bed to get items out of the wardrobe.The rooms have a nice outlook especially at night as the park is lit up, in the daytime the balcony is quite noisy as the kids pool is above the balconies and they also have live bands up on the deck. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was small, but efficient. The shower is tiny and the bathroom sink is too low. Other than than, there is plenty of closet and storage space and a nice flat screen tv. The room is small, but enough for two people, barely. Some rooms accommodate 3 and 4 guests, but they are the same size, so that would be too small for me. The balconies on most adjoining rooms have dividers that can be opened up by the room steward. Read entire member review >>
Had a cabin over central park, deck 10. In the morning you would hear the music playing and my husband is a light sleeper. I thought the balcony was a nice size, but the rooms tiny. Read entire member review >>
Great location, quiet, good closet space and shelf space, outlets swkwardly placed, small bath, no room in bathroom for retractable clothes line, full length mirror, lovely light colored furnishings, colorful rug, nice art work on walls, wished that the room was bigger but it was comfortable, bed was comfortable with plenty of pillows. I would take this room again. Read entire member review >>
We had a mid ship Central Park cabin, deck 11, 11617. I think we made the right choice with this cabin, and we chose it because we were afraid of being seasick looking at the ocean while moving. Good move on our part: looking at the ocean was a bit disorienting, and looking at Central Park helped us tremendously. Plus at night, the Park is the prettiest venue on the ship.
Our cabin was small, but cozy, clean, and very well appointed. Our bed was near the closet: my sister's cabin 11615 had the bed near the balcony. Lots of closet space, and a small safe that would fit an iPad but not anything more than a notebook. I am a fairly thin, normal woman, and the shower was very narrow. I expected that so no worries. But it is really small, if you haven't ever been on a cruise ship. One downfall of our location is the noise during the day. If you are seeking peace and quiet on your balcony, forget it. The pool deck is 4 decks above you if you are on Deck 11 and it is noisy during the day. Very noisy. Announcements, a calypso band, kids yelling, games. This was the thing I disliked the most about the cruise: the pool deck (more on that later). I loved the balcony in the early AM and at night. 11617 is next to the plant wall on one side, so... only neighbors on one side. The plant wall has, well, plants and they don't make noise. Read entire member review >>
See above - our cabin was nice and Mark, our attendant was GREAT. But the Forward cabins are not the way to go. Almost everything is in the AFT section, and I would never book Forward on the Oasis. Read entire member review >>
We stayed in room 10237, and inside balcony in central park. We absolutely loved it. We would order room service and eat on the balcony for breakfast, looking over the beautiful park and occasionally people watching. We did not find it loud at all, and generally the park was pretty empty. It's no ocean view, but a nice alternative when price is an issue. The inside of the room was great, found the bed to be very large and comfortable. The pillows weren't that great though. I definitely do not think I'd be able to share that room with 3 or 4 people though. It was comfortable with 2, 3 would be a crowd. The bathroom was a lot smaller than expected but we got used to it very quickly. I found there to be plenty of space for my luggage and clothing as there were only two of us, and we each brought one suitcase and one duffel bag. Read entire member review >>
Nice quiet view of Central Park. For a cruise cabin, it was a nice size. For my wife and I it was perfectly fine. Always clean. Everything worked. The bed was VERY comfortable. Read entire member review >>
Spacious, comfortable Park View Balcony - not private, could see everyone else's balcony. Felt like an apartment building view of the neighbors. The cabin itself was decent. Decor was tasteful and relaxing. Bathroom was bigger than your average ship but not by much. Overall very nice. Read entire member review >>
12603 was always spotless and I believed that they changed the sheets daily and ironed them. The bed was great and the cabin overlooking Central Park was an experience to be had. Beds were made twice a day. Towles were constantly fresh. In my opinion, it's not as good as a sea view balcony, but it was a pleasant change. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was 12609 overlooking Central Park. I would have given it a higher rating (5)--except for the room layout. It left a lot to be desired. Our king size bed was near the closet--What a bummer. Had a difficult time getting to the clothing on the bottom shelf. Also,the sliding doors was a problem because you had to battle the shelves near the bed. But, the worse part of the design was the electrical outlets--they were placed beneath the desk. You had to get on your hands and knees to plug the hairdryer, camera chargers, etc. We are not that old, but I feel terrible for the seniors and elderly. It basically made the room seem smaller than it actually was. Missed the deep closet above the TV on the Voyager and Vision class. Also, the safe was much smaller.
The location of the room was excellent. Mid-ship and basically equidistant to the Centrum(s) elevators. Location was excellent as it was pretty close to the Library and the Card Room that contained their Internet stations. Read entire member review >>
our C1 Balcony Stateroom was amazing who would have thought you could have a balcony looking INWARDS onto a fully grown and green park?
the Stateroom was very airy and spacious and plenty room for the 3 of us. our 3 year old even had a foldaway double bed to himself!
cannot fault in any way Read entire member review >>
Cabin 14607 was a good choice overlooking Central Park. The bathroom while small was still more than adequate. The beds were comfortable and large(two twins combined). The closet was large enough to fit our clothes for a 9 day cruise. More electric outlet were need however it can be overcome by taking a power strip or a one to three outlet plug. Read entire member review >>
Closet strangely designed, but useful, but you can store your big bags under the bed with no problems at all...plenty of room under there. The TV was great and you can check all of your info and accounts interactively. It took a while to figure how to get warm water going, but that wasn't an issue.
Ahhh...note****...the toilets are not like ours at home. You cannot flush wet wipes down there...it clogs up the system...only regular TP. We found this out the hard way one day...don't ask. hahaha. Read entire member review >>
The cabin I was in overlooking Central Park was very small. The air conditioning goes off when you go out on your balcony so you come back into a hot room even when the door is shut. I understand their wanting to set it up this way, but it's uncomfortable for those of us who actually close doors when the A/C is on. Read entire member review >>
Smaller than other RCI staterooms. Bad layout, bed next to closet. View of Central Park not so exciting, no privacy as people across from you can see into your room and you can see into theirs! Read entire member review >>
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