There are 13 cabin categories, and all were recently outfitted with new bathrooms, carpeting, furnishings, decor and flat-screen LED TVs. The color scheme, for the most part, consists of light neutrals with pops of darker sea-foam green; abstract artwork adorns the walls. The Royal Suite has its own look -- mostly neutral, with pops of color bursting from a large, panoramic, Realism-style portrait that's visible upon entering.
All standard cabins feature twin beds that can convert into kings (measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long), a vanity area and private bathroom (with a shower, no tub). The three inside cabin categories range from 132 square feet to 164 square feet, Large Oceanview cabins measure 151 square feet, and Family Oceanview cabins measure 233 square feet. Both types of outsides offer sitting areas with sofa beds; the Family Oceanview cabin also offers bunk beds in a separate room.
Two new categories were added during the 2013 refurb: a larger Family Oceanview and Panoramic Oceanview. The new Family Oceanview cabin -- just one cabin on Deck 8 -- spans 470 square feet (slightly more than double the space of the regular Family Oceanview stateroom) and sleeps up to six. There is a separate bedroom with two twin beds, living area with double sofa bed and lower twin beds that convert to a king, but just one bathroom. (The name is the same, whether you're booking the one 470-square-foot version or its 233-square-foot counterparts, so be vigilant when requesting a specific cabin.) The Panoramic Oceanview offers a floor-to-ceiling window, ideal for those who prefer a greater view than the standard picture window but want to save a few bucks off the price of a balcony cabin. At 193 square feet, it's slightly smaller than most Panoramic Oceanview cabins on other Vision-class ships.
There is one standard balcony category before you reach the suites. At 195 square feet, the Superior Oceanview cabin with a balcony has similar amenities to regular outside cabins. Balconies are each furnished with two chairs and a small table.
Royal Caribbean has made great use of the storage spaces on this ship. The majority of cabins have aesthetically pleasing cabinets with little shelves adjacent to each vanity area. The cabinets are easy to open, too -- no knobs or handles, just large carved openings for on-the-go access. However, coffee tables in the cabins are very small, like little stools. We had no use for ours, and it acted more like an obstacle than a place to put anything down.
The bathroom door has four hooks for hanging items, and the shower, with its adjustable showerhead, has great water pressure. The toilets are well-placed, and bathroom storage space is also abundant. Counter space is minimal, but the cabinet and vanity space make up for it. The amenities are nothing special -- just your average soap bars, shampoo and conditioner.
Additional cabin extras include a phone, safe and hair dryer. We also enjoyed the outlets located in the vanity area and right next to the bed.
In addition to the standard categories, five types of suites are available. Both the Junior Suite (243 square feet) and Grand Suite (353 square feet) offer private balconies, sitting areas with sofa beds, private bathrooms with bathtubs and minibars. The Royal Family Suite includes two bedrooms, each with two twin beds that convert to kings. It also has two bathrooms (one with a shower and one with a bathtub), a living area with double sofa bed, a private balcony and a minibar. The Owners Suite (515 square feet) has a queen-size bed, private balcony, separate living area with a full-size sofa bed, minibar and a private bathroom with a bathtub. At more than double the square footage of the Owner's Suite, the 1,176-square-foot Royal Suite with balcony provides a separate bedroom with a king-size bed, long private balcony, a whirlpool tub in the bathroom, living room with a full-size sofa bed, baby grand piano, gorgeous eating area and substantial bar.
All suites include iPads that can be used throughout the ship to access daily schedules and onboard accounts, surf the Web, watch movies, make dining reservations and place an order for room service. (Just be careful; lost or damaged iPads can rack up hundreds of dollars in fees.)
Select suite passengers also enjoy access to the Concierge Club, priority check-in and tendering, luggage valet service, access to dining room menus for room service, complimentary clothes-pressing on formal night and priority debarkation.
The cabin was wonderful. We were upgraded - I would not have paid full price for it though - I usually take an interior cabin but for this cruise we splurged and paid for a Jr Suite with a balcony. Our upgrade to a major suite gave us two bedrooms- one we named the cave...continue