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Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Review

More than your average mammoth vessel, Oasis of the Seas left us awestruck in so many ways. But is it worth the added expense?

December 05, 2013
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Cabin Overview

On Oasis of the Seas there are a staggering 24 different types of cabins to choose from, including a few unusual cabin styles you won’t find anywhere else at sea. Given the wide range of price points, you’ll want to spend some time perusing the options.

Let’s start with the four basic categories. Interior cabins range from the “Smaller” Interior (150 square feet) to Family Interior units, which spread 274 square feet and can sleep six, a nice option for families that might otherwise book adjoining units. Units with no view represent 18 percent of the ship’s overall accommodations, but there are also Promenade cabins, which have a bowed window facing the Royal Promenade, the ship’s indoor mall. Outside cabins encompass the typical ocean view cabins, but also units with views onto the amusement-themed Boardwalk or tree-lined Central Park areas inside the ship (we’re guessing that the difference with the Promenade units being that they offer natural light). There are four different types of Balcony cabins, ranging from the Superior Oceanview with Balcony (what we stayed in), to balconies overlooking the Boardwalk and Central Park neighborhoods, to Family Oceanview with Balcony. Most of these are also available as accessible units, which offer more floor space and wheelchair-friendly bathrooms.

The Suites are where Oasis of the Seas really goes to town. There are Junior Suites that encompass 287 square feet and have an 80-square-foot balcony, along with Grand and Royal Family suites. On a future cruise we look forward to trying the Loft Suites, two-story cabins found on decks 17/18 with two-deck-high windows (note that some of these face the Sports Court—the ocean is in the background). Also intriguing are the AquaTheater Suites, which occupy the “wings” that overlook the pool where acrobatic shows are performed most nights. There’s a Presidential Family Suite that can accommodate up to 14 people, while even larger are the Royal and Royal Loft suites.

Our Cabin: Superior Ocean View With Balcony

Measuring 182 square feet, our cabin was pretty average in size, but we liked the subtle wood (veneer) and sea-themed décor. The limited space was effectively utilized, and there was even room for a proper couch. Our king-sized bed was very comfortable, with fresh white linen bedding, however the comforter was showing its age, with filling bulging in various spots. On either side of the bed were tiny nightstands with built-in reading lamps, providing adequate light for reading in bed. A small, bright red splotch stained the carpet next to the bed.

We found storage space to be a bit limited for two. There’s one main closet with sliding doors, but there’s little space between the bed and the closet. There were sufficient hangers on two rods, as well as a shelves, one of which contained a small safe (not large enough for a laptop). Bath robes were not provided. Next to the desk is another storage unit with two shelves. The desk itself has three drawers. All in all, the room’s storage space is okay for two people, but three people sharing could be tight.

There was a heavy sliding door for the balcony, which opened and locked shut easily. On the balcony were two chairs and a small table. The sides of the balcony are lined with milky glass doors, which can be opened upon request (e.g. if your family is in the next room). At just 52 square feet, the balcony is not really large enough for sunning.

We found the compact bathroom to be slightly more generous than on some Royal Caribbean ships, though it’s still too small for two people to occupy it at the same time. The shower cubicle was slender but adequate, a pod with rounded sliding doors. The sink counter was a bit low, and there was little in the way of storage space for travel kits. We found the shampoo provided in the wall dispenser to be ineffective but, on request, our cabin steward brought bottles of shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap and moisturizer; these were somewhat better. Towels provided were thick and plush. There was a full-length mirror on the wall next to bathroom.

Generally we didn’t hear much from the hallway, but the sound of the door slamming in the cabin next to ours was quite audible—in fact, on the last night, as bags were being set out for pickup, we heard doors slamming all around. Announcements from the bridge could not be heard in the cabin, but announcements about port shopping lectures and Bingo sessions were quite audible inside the cabin (and everywhere on the ship).

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Cabin Amenities

Opposite the couch was a desk/dresser and vanity, with three outlets (110 volt) on top of the dresser, plus a European-style 220-volt outlet. The decent sized flat screen TV was interactive, mounted on the wall and adjustable to face the bed or couch. The remote didn’t communicate well—we had to punch buttons two or three times to change channels. This was especially frustrating when dealing with the TV's “message” box for our cabin, which was cluttered with (mostly) sales pitches from the spa, shopping venues, etc. There were nine to delete on the first day alone—a thankless task.

There was one main lighting system for the entire cabin that turned on next to the bathroom with additional switches on either side of the bed. There was also lighting on either side of the mirror above the desk. We really liked that there was a dim nightlight on in the bathroom at all times.

We found it unusual that there were no life vests stored in our cabin. The cabin manual said these were kept at muster stations.

Other Cabins

We did not stay in the rest of these cabins, but we have summaries here provided by Royal Caribbean. Note that photos below have been provided by the cruise line and not our reviewer.

Smaller Interior Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, private bathroom and sitting area. (150 sq. ft.)

Interior Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long private bathroom. (172 sq. ft.)

Promenade Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long and private bathroom. Bay view window overlooking Promenade. (193 sq. ft.)

Family Interior Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long. Sofa converts to double, two Pullman beds, private bathroom and sitting area. (274 sq. ft.)

Ocean View Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, private bathroom and sitting area. (174 sq. ft.)

Central Park View Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, sitting area, and a private bathroom. Central Park view bay window. (194 sq. ft.)

Boardwalk View Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, sitting area, and a private bathroom. Boardwalk view bay window. (187 sq. ft.)

Family Ocean View Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long. Sofa converts to double, two Pullman beds, private bathroom and sitting area. (272 sq. ft.)

Central Park View Stateroom with Balcony
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, central park view balcony, sitting area, and a private bathroom. (182 sq. ft., balcony 50 sq. ft.)

Boardwalk View Stateroom with Balcony
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, boardwalk view balcony, sitting area, and a private bathroom. (182 sq. ft., balcony 47 sq. ft.)

Family Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long. Sofa converts to double, two Pullman beds, private bathroom and sitting area. (290 sq. ft., balcony 81 sq. ft.)

Junior Suite with Balcony
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long. Private bathroom with tub, sitting area with table and sofa. (287 sq. ft., balcony 78 sq. ft.)

Grand Suite with Balcony
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long. Private bathroom with tub and two sinks, marble entry, large closets, sitting area with table and sofa. (371 sq. ft., balcony 114 sq. ft.)

Royal Family Suite with Balcony
Two bedrooms with two twin beds that convert to Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, two Pullman beds. Vanity with chair in each bedroom, living area with double convertible sofa, marble entry, entertainment center, two bathrooms - master bath with tub. Private balcony with table and chairs. (575 sq. ft., balcony 246 sq. ft.)

Owner's Suite with Balcony
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long. Private bathroom with tub and two sinks, marble entry, large closets, living area with table and sofa. Private balcony with table and chairs. (569 sq. ft., balcony 246 sq. ft.)

Crown Loft Suite
Two deck high stateroom with panoramic views. Master bedroom and bath on second level. Bedroom has two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long. Bath has a shower for two. Bath with shower on main level. Private balcony with chairs, dining area with dry bar, table/desk. Living room sofa converts to double bed. (540 sq. ft., balcony 98 sq. ft.)

AquaTheater Suite with Balcony - Deck 10
Two bedrooms with two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, two Pullman beds. Vanity with chair in each bedroom, living area with double convertible sofa, dining room, marble entry, entertainment center, two bathrooms - master bath with tub. Expansive balcony with table and chairs. (659 sq. ft., balcony 648 sq. ft.)

AquaTheater Suite with Balcony
Two bedrooms with two twin beds that convert to Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, two Pullman beds. Vanity with chair in each bedroom, living area with double convertible sofa, dining room, marble entry, entertainment center, two bathrooms - master bath with tub. Expansive balcony with table and chairs. Deck 9. (720 sq. ft., balcony 716 sq. ft.)

AquaTheater Suite with Balcony - Deck 8
Two bedrooms with twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, two Pullman beds. Vanity with chair in each bedroom, living area with double convertible sofa, dining room, marble entry, entertainment center, two bathrooms - master bath with tub. Expansive balcony with table and chairs. (820 sq. ft., balcony 803 sq. ft.)

Sky Loft Suite
Two deck high stateroom with panoramic views. Master bedroom and bath on second level. Bedroom has Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long. Bath has a shower for two. Stairway to second level. Bath with shower for two on main level. Private balcony with dining area. Dining area with dry bar. Living room sofa converts to double bed. Closets on each level. (724 sq. ft., balcony 376 sq. ft.)

Presidential Family Suite with Balcony
Stateroom can hold up to 14 guests, must have at least 8 to book. Two Master bedrooms with Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long. Two Master baths with tubs. Two bedrooms with convertible twin beds/Pullman beds, one bedroom contains bathroom with shower. Guest bathroom with shower. Balcony with a whirlpool, dining area, and bar. Dining room with dry bar. Living room sofa converts to a double bed. (1,165 sq. ft., balcony 489 sq. ft.)

Royal Suite with Balcony
Grand entrance with doorbell. Master bedroom with Queen bed and sitting area. Master bath with tub, shower, two sinks and bidet. Living room sofa converts to a double bed. Guest bathroom with shower, entertainment center, dining room with dry bar, piano. Private balcony with Jacuzzi and dining area. (1,284 sq. ft., balcony 345 sq. ft.)

Royal Loft Suite
Two deck high stateroom with panoramic views. Master bedroom and bath on second level. Bath has a tub, shower, two sinks and bidet. Stairway to second level. Bath with shower on main level. Private balcony with whirlpool and dining area. Dining area with dry bar. Living room sofa converts to double bed. Closets on each level. Stateroom can accommodate up to 6 guests. (1,599 sq. ft., balcony 874 sq. ft.)

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