Oasis of the Seas Cabin Photos
Royal Caribbean pioneered inside-facing cabins that weren't truly insides with its Voyager-class cabins along the Royal Promenade, with windows overlooking the action. On Oasis, the cruise line pushes the trend further with more cabins that don't exactly face the ocean -- yet still offer a view. Here, you can book cabins with windows or balconies above the Boardwalk or Central Park. Like the Promenade cabins, these are roughly the same size as the standard oceanviews and balconies, which start from 179 square feet and 182 square feet (with a 50-square-foot verandah), respectively. They're not that private, either -- it's easy to spy on the balconies next door and across the way -- the draw is the novelty of being able to look down at the Boardwalk's spinning carousel or live Central Park foliage.
Because they're a curiosity factor, these cabins, at least in Oasis' first year, are often priced as high -- or higher -- than more traditional balcony cabins with an ocean view. After a week in a Central Park-facing stateroom, there was definitely a feeling of being a bird in a cage and we didn't use the verandah much as a result.
Same goes for Boardwalk cabins, though these have a few extra perks. Those that are located further aft do offer sea glimpses and are also terrific spots from which to watch performances at the AquaTheater. Note, though, that this area can get a bit loud and boisterous (with balcony doors fully closed, however, you can hear virtually nothing outside).
There are six quite-prized AquaTheater-facing suites with wraparound balconies that overlook the amphitheater. One plus here is that the curved balconies offer both the aft view -- and a standard (and more peaceful) sea view.
Another new cabin concept is the Loft Suite, available in three styles. Crown Loft Suites measure 545 square feet with a 114-square-foot balcony, and feature a living space downstairs with a pullout sofa and bathroom, and a master bedroom and bathroom upstairs with a shower large enough for two (his-and-hers shower heads), fog-free mirrors and limestone mosaic tile accents. The Sky Loft Suites add some extra space, clocking in at 722 square feet with a 410-square-foot dine-on balcony, and a roomy shower in the downstairs bathroom, too.
Then there's the Royal Loft Suite -- the largest and most opulent suite onboard, which accommodates up to six passengers. The Royal Loft Suite is 1,524 square feet with an 843-square-foot balcony and can connect to an adjoining Crown Loft Suite to accommodate a party of 10. When you enter the cabin on the main level, you'll find a Baby Grand piano, a dining area with a dry bar for entertaining, a bath with a shower, a living room sofa that converts into a double bed and a wraparound balcony with a dining area and private whirlpool. Upstairs, there's a master bedroom and a massive bathroom with a tub, shower, two sinks and a bidet.
Ironically, some of these expensive suites have a less than ideal location. A handful of lofts directly overlook one of the busiest outdoor spots onboard -- the basketball court and FlowRider areas. As such they're not terribly private -- and the omnipresent thump-thump-thump of the rock music playing for FlowRider daredevils at various times throughout the day and evening could be annoying.
Beyond these new designs, cabins are available in varying sizes and styles, from insides to owner's suites. Royal Caribbean's popular Presidential Family Suite is back as well. On Oasis of the Seas, the suite will accommodate 14 passengers with four bedrooms and four baths. Oasis of the Seas' regular Family Suite (there are four of them) features 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.
All cabins have flat-screen interactive TV's, which allow you to book shore tours and entertainment as well as to view your onboard bill. Note: You cannot book restaurant reservations through this system. Piped in are a handful of national U.S. networks, depending on the ship's location (such as CNN, TNT and Fox News). Oddly there are no music channels.
Cabins have good under-the-bed storage (important, because the closets in the non-suite categories are not at all huge), and flip-up bedside tables (a cool space-saving feature). Bathrooms, which are a bit on the small side, feature showers enclosed in clear glass with shampoo dispensers and footrests for leg-shaving, a welcome addition taken from sister cruise line, Celebrity Cruises
. Other than shampoo, the only toiletry you'll find is a skimpy little bar of soap (so if you need lotion, hair conditioner, etc. bring your own). Electrical outlets -- one 220-volt, two 110-volt -- are inconveniently located underneath the desk. Once we figured out how to use it, we were able to easily schedule wakeup calls on the new, fancy Cisco phone system.
A caveat: Some cabins are configured with the bed(s) close to the closet door, which can make it hard to get to your things, while others, especially in the twin configuration, have the bed(s) right up against the wall, which hinders easy access to the balcony if you have one. Ask your travel agent, or study your deck plans really carefully, if you have a preference.