With so much to do onboard, chances are really good that you will actually just use your cabin for changing and sleeping, but it's nice to know that if you want to spend more time there, you will indeed be comfortable. Out of 1,557 staterooms, 939 of these have an ocean view (707 have balconies) and 618 are interior staterooms. Twenty-six cabins are wheelchair accessible. A hallmark on this ship's class is the Royal Promenade-facing staterooms (138 on this ship) that overlook that engaging thoroughfare -- these are a step up from the usual inside cabin. A warning however: Privacy is at a premium with these cabins because they do not have privacy glass windows. Also, due to the late-night reveling that goes on, all but night owls may find them noisy.
Inside cabins range from 160 to 167 square feet. Outside cabins come in three varieties: regular (180 square feet), large (211 square feet) and family (265 square feet -- it can sleep six with a sofa bed and a small second bedroom with bunk beds). Balcony cabins range from 173 to 188 square feet with 47 to 50 square foot private verandahs. Veranda furniture is limited to two chairs and a table.
Most standard staterooms have not been upgraded since the ship debuted, so the carpeting, curtains and upholstery feel somewhat worn but still functional. All standard staterooms are decorated in soft jewel tones with fine light woods and two pieces of artwork on the walls. All staterooms have two beds of medium firmness that convert to queen-size, private bath, phone, interactive TV, mini-bar, hair dryers and air conditioning/heat controls. Bathrooms are on the small side, but functional, and showers have those wonderful, half-round sliding doors as opposed to clingy curtains. Soap and shampoo are provided.
Moving up a notch is the Junior Suite. It's the smallest, coming in at 277 square ft. with a 69 square ft. balcony. Just a bit bigger than the standard balcony, the extra perks (beyond space) that come with the Junior Suite include a bathroom with tub and a bigger living room area. All suites get mini-bottles of Royal Caribbean's Vitality shampoo, conditioner and lotion and small toiletry kit (shower cap, cotton swabs, cotton balls, nail file.)
For those wanting concierge access, the remaining suites, definitely moving into the higher-ticket arena, start with the Royal Family Suite. At 610 square ft., its grand claim is two bedrooms plus a sitting room; the second bedroom has the usual twin to queen bed configuration plus two Pullmans that come down from the ceiling. Balconies are bigger, too, at 234 square feet.
The Grand Suite is just a larger "junior," but it's quite a bit larger at 381 square ft. and features a 95 square-foot balcony. The Owner's Suite offers more amenities and features even beyond increased squared footage; passengers booking this category of accommodations get a bathroom with whirlpool, bidet and separate shower, along with separate bedroom and living areas (with queen-sized sofa bed). Measurements are 618 square feet for the cabin and 131 square feet for the verandah. And finally? The piece d'resistance is the Royal Suite, which comes with all the Owner's Suite amenities plus a baby grand piano, a balcony that measures 170 square ft. (outfitted with better-than-standard furnishings, including a dining table); the stateroom itself is 1,188 square ft.
Royal, Royal Family and Presidential suite users get perks through the “Enhanced Program for Suite Guests.” Among the additional services: priority check-in, priority seating at shows and on the Pool Deck, priority tender tickets and expanded room service menus.
All suite-holders are entitled to use the Concierge Club on Deck 9. This windowless room features continental breakfast and a cocktail hour. Upon request, the concierge on duty handles special requests for reservations – the alternative restaurants, spa, etc.
Tip: Families should book as far in advance as possible -- a year ahead of time if you can -- to have the best choice of family-friendly staterooms (including connecting cabins), particularly if you are traveling during school vacation periods.
STATEROOM: Anyway, boarded without further problem and went to see our cabins: both on deck 8 but separated by several cabins since we booked last minute (it's too bad, as we DID have a connecting door to a cabin that would have accommodated us). One cabin had a...continue