As a first time cruiser you've spent a lot of time deciding where you wanted to cruise - the sunny Caribbean, scenic Alaska, historic Europe or beyond. The next question we often get asked is "Which room should I book for my cruise?" and the answer really does vary based on many factors.
Here are some tips from Royal Caribbean on picking the best stateroom for your cruise.
Cruise accommodations, also known as staterooms, are similar to hotel rooms—a comfortable place to stay while you travel and explore—though you have more control over which one you can choose to stay in. And, depending on where you’re going and how you’re traveling, there are a few things to consider when you do.
Contemplating Your Choice
From size to location to view and beyond, there’s plenty to keep in mind while choosing your stateroom. To start, take into account the size of your party and any special travel needs or preferences to help decide how much room you want. Also, think about what venues on the ship you’d like to be near—back, middle, or front of the ship—and any ways you’d like to elevate your stay, like a balcony or a suite.
Accommodations vary in many ways to give you choices; from deck number, to occupancy, room size, to location, to types of views. All are designed for comfort though, giving you a place to relax with all the essentials: a flat screen TV, plenty of drawer and closet space, numerous outlets, a vanity, hair dryer, and safe.
Depending on the stateroom or suite category you choose, your room may include other amenities, such as bathrobes, spacious sitting areas, complimentary specialty dining, a whirlpool tub on your balcony—or even your own Royal Genie, a personal event planner, experience crafter and taste tailor. Here’s the breakdown.
Royal Caribbean's all-new spa staterooms will be available on Radiance, Voyager, Freedom, Oasis, Quantum and Quantum Ultra Class ships. Get cozy with fluffy robes and slippers, king-size down feather pillows and luxury bed linens, and enjoy the upgraded bathroom toiletries, jetted shower heads and Bluetooth speakers in each room. You’ll also get priority spa reservations, a 50% discount on one spa treatment per room, daily coffee or tea and bottled water delivery and a welcome gift of fresh fruit on embarkation day. All spa staterooms will also have a spacious balcony, with cushioned furniture and a gorgeous ocean view. These private retreats will be available on Royal Caribbean ships beginning with 2021 cruises.
Interior rooms have a range of perks to enjoy, and instead of facing the ocean, they face the inside of the ship, providing plenty of privacy. Like other staterooms, interior rooms vary in size, allowing you to choose the best room for your needs. Even interior rooms can come with a view though, thanks to this Royal Caribbean innovation—Virtual Balcony staterooms. These accommodations feature an 80-inch, in-room screen (or “window”) that show you the sights outside the ship with a live feed from cameras that have been installed on the exterior of the ship.
Ocean and Unique, Interior View
If you’re keen to see the ocean, the historic builds of a European city or a mountain range as it looms into view, an ocean view stateroom will ensure you get to have a glimpse of the great outdoors. That’s not the only view on board though, since many rooms have windows facing the action taking place on the ship. These rooms will give you a peek at the happenings in unique neighborhoods, like the daytime liveliness of the Royal Promenade’s parades, celebrations, and dance classes, or Central Park‘s open-air walkways filled with natural light and more than 20,000 plants on Oasis Class ships.
Guests commonly ask if they should opt for a balcony stateroom, and there are plenty of benefits to consider. If you crave more space, a private balcony will net you more square footage and fresh air. For cruises where views are especially important to you—or if you cherish nothing more than breakfast on your deck—a room with a balcony is ideal. Balconies vary in size as well, so rooms made for three or more people can come with balcony space for all. On many Royal Caribbean ships alconies can look out onto the ocean, or on open areas inside of the ship like the Boardwalk neighborhood featuring the high-diving shows of the AquaTheater.
Suites and Deluxe
These accommodations are the most spacious, luxurious and perfect for groups and most definitely families traveling with children. As if they couldn’t get any better, these rooms come with complimentary services and top amenities, like dining at the suites-only Coastal Kitchen, unlimited VOOM internet, and exclusive beach access, and even a personal Royal Genie at your beck and call—if you’re staying in a Star Class suite.
The Ultimate Family Suite onboard Symphony of the Seas features two stories of thrills, including an in-suite slide, an air hockey table, table tennis on your balcony and a Royal Genie who will arrange exclusive access to the best of everything on the ship. This is true luxury!
Since Royal Caribbean rooms are designed to accommodate a whole range of travelers, they offer special rooms for solo travelers, and have different room configurations that can suit couples, people traveling with a baby, groups, extended families and more. All of Royal Caribbean’s ships are designed to welcome travelers with special needs—including their newest and largest, Symphony of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean International is known for driving innovation at sea and has continuously redefined cruise vacationing since its launch in 1969. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel and pushes the envelope of what is possible on a cruise ship. Onboard, the global cruise line has debuted countless industry “firsts” – such as rock climbing, ice skating and surfing at sea – to capture the imagination of families and adventurous vacationers alike. Throughout, guests sail on exciting itineraries to some of the world’s most popular destinations and enjoy Royal Caribbean’s friendly and engaging service.
Terms & ConditionsOffers must be booked between 3/4/20 – 3/31/20. “30% Off Every Guest” applies to select sailings departing on or after 4/4/20. “30% Off Every Guest” provides 30% off cruise fare for all guests in the stateroom. Kids Sail Free provides free cruise fare for 3rd guests and higher who are 12 years old or younger as of cruise departure date, booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests in a triple or quad-occupancy stateroom. Kids Sail Free applies to select 4-night or longer Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, CaribNE, Coastal, Europe, Hawaii, Repositioning and all 2020 Serenade of the Seas sailings departing between 4/18/20 – 12/17/20 and 1/8/21 – 5/17/21. Offer excludes 2020 Peak Summer sailings (Sailings between 5/15/20 – 8/31/20), 2020 Thanksgiving sailings (Sailings between 11/21/20 – 11/28/20), 2021 President’s Day Sailings (Sailings between 2/12/21 – 2/15/21), and 2021 Spring Break and Easter sailings (Sailings between 3/13/21 – 4/4/21). Taxes, fees, and port expenses are additional and apply to all guests. NRDB cancelled prior to final payment due date will receive a future cruise credit in the amount of the deposit minus a 100USD/CAD per person service fee ("FCC"). FCC is non-transferable and expires 12-months from issue date. 100USD/CAD per person service fee applies to changes to NRDB ship or sail date. Deposits made toward Guarantees and Grand Suites and higher categories are non-refundable and are subject to NRD Booking Terms. Offer applies to new, individual and named group bookings confirmed at prevailing rates. Offer open to residents of US, Canada, Puerto Rico and select countries in the Caribbean. Changes to the booking may result in removal of the offer. Prices and offers are subject to availability and change without notice, capacity controlled, and may be withdrawn at any time. Refer to www.RoyalCaribbean.com for complete terms and conditions. Royal Caribbean International reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update fares, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice. ©2020 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Ships’ registry: Bahamas.