Royal Caribbean announced to travel agents that it will expand the amount of staterooms across the fleet of ships that offer a capacity of three guests per room with the addition of sofa beds. The cruise line hopes the change will greatly improve the availability of higher occupancy staterooms, particularly beneficial during peak vacation periods such as summer and holidays.
As of June 1, 2018, ten ships in total will have added triple occupancy staterooms. These ships include
- Symphony of the Seas
- Harmony of the Seas
- Allure of the Seas
- Oasis of the Seas
- Independence of the Seas
- Liberty of the Seas
- Adventure of the Seas
- Mariner of the Seas
- Navigator of the Seas
In order to identify which staterooms have these new sofa beds, deck plans will be updated with the introduction of a "partial triangle" as the symbol to denoate sofa bed staterooms. Digital deck plans were updated on-or-before June 17th, 2018; whereas printed versions of deck plans will be refreshed in advance of the next print run.
Sample deck plan from Mariner of the Seas with sofa bed option showing
Despite the the addition of these sofa beds, Royal Caribbean says the maximum guest counts remain unchanged for each of the impacted ships, "This initiative simply allows the opportunity to further maximize the number of guests on each sailing, as well as offer additional triple staterooms for those in need of higher occupancy accommodations."