Royal Caribbean Secrets: Unique Royal Caribbean staterooms
Royal Caribbean ships are amazing floating hotels that offer so much but each class of ships offers something a little different. Usually this means something different in terms of entertainment, activities or dining. But there are some rather unique stateroom options in the fleet that you may not be aware of that would make for a great pick.
Kudos to blog reader and podcast listener Keith Davis for coming up with the idea for this blog post!
If you're looking for a little extra balcony for the money, try the deck 7 aft staterooms in the D2 category. These staterooms cost the same as other D2 balconies but you get a significantly larger balcony.
Just like the Vision class, the Radiance class ships have balcony cabins on the ship's "hump" that give more than double the normal balcony size. The "hump" is the section of the ship that if you are looking at the deck plans, appear to pop out and create a hump, relative to the rest of the ship.
Ranging in category from D1 through E2, these are among the largest balconies you can get and gives you an incredible amount of space for the money.
The deck 7 corner aft on the Freedom-class and the deck 10 corner aft on the Voyager-class. The aft staterooms have a lot of subtleties in both of these classes.
There are different shaped balconies because of the ship’s superstructure, the large flat deck behind the balconies on deck 6, the crew deck below on 5. This is one spot where doing your research and understanding what you are getting will save you some possible disappointment.
On the non-balcony front, there is the Ben & Jerry’s sweet on the Freedom-class ships, which have an unique bovine themed room that costs the same as a Promenade View stateroom but comes with suite amenities. You can read more about this stateroom here.
On the Voyager class, the balconies have differences depending on which ship you are on. If you're interested in opening up balcony dividers on Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas, the balconies are attached to the ships' hull and cannot be removed. But on sister ships Navigator of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas, their balcony dividers aren't attached and can be removed.
There aren't a lot of hidden gems in the Oasis-class. There are of course the D1 cabins, which have a bigger balcony, plus a couple of stray cabins located at the front or back of the two “humps” (not really humps, just to areas of extended balconies).
There are, however, a number of staterooms on Oasis-class ships that do not give you much extra in space but do offer an interesting view. Let's start with the Boardwalk balcony staterooms that allow a great vantage point of anyone coming down the zip-line that fellow guests can ride across the neighborhood.
In addition, you will find the only interior-facing balcony staterooms in the Boardwalk and Central Park staterooms.
If you've got money to burn, try the AquaTheater Suites that feature 600 to 800-square foot balconies with unbeatable views of the AquaTheater below.