During our most recent cruise with Royal Caribbean International on board the Oasis of the Seas mega ship, my family traveled in adjoining Boardwalk Balcony Staterooms. Our rooms were located on the 10th floor of the ship in the Aft orientation. Traveling with a family of six, the rooms were spacious and accommodated our needs without issues. Here is an overview of our Boardwalk Balcony Stateroom.
Boardwalk Balcony Stateroom Sleeping Capacity
Though we had two adjoining balcony staterooms overlooking the Boardwalk, the accommodations with regards to sleeping arrangements differed. The first stateroom was equipped with a king-sized bed. The king bed could be separated into two twin beds if desired. In that same stateroom, there was also a hideaway sofa bed. The sofa bed was approximately full sized and worked perfectly for my twin 8 year old daughters to share. The only downfall that we found was when the sofa bed was extended for the evening. When the bed was turned down, it was difficult to walk around the bed to get to the balcony area for our room.
The second stateroom that adjoined ours also had a king-sized bed. We ended up separating the king into two twin beds. My teen sons were able to share these beds comfortably (when they weren’t arguing over the TV remote, of course!) The second stateroom also had a standard sofa. It did not contain a hideaway bed. Since the sofa was only used for extra seating, the second room was more spacious and ended up a catch-all for extra luggage during the trip.
Boardwalk Balcony Stateroom Bathrooms
I was pleasantly surprised of how spacious the full bathrooms were in our staterooms. The bathroom offered a large shower with a slider door. The door was curved to allow ample “arm room” while showering. The shower head was adjustable and offered great water pressure as well. There was also plenty of storage in the bathroom for personal toiletry items, and a full width counter top with sink with over-sized mirror. A downside that I experiences was there was no plug in the bathroom capable of supporting a blow dryer. For this reason, I had to blow dry my hair at the desk area in the main living quarters of the stateroom.
Boardwalk Balcony Stateroom Amenities
The stateroom offered “expected” amenities, such as an in-suite safe and telephone. The safe instructions are provided on the safe for guest use. Just a word of caution (only because I speak from experience). If you lock yourself out of the safe, you have to call guest services to have a master-key holder come open it for you. Stateroom attendants do not have access to open the safe. The telephone can be used to call other areas on the ship, such as other staterooms or room service. The clothes storage was ample, with a large closet with multiple hanging rods and shelves. The desk area also offers drawers for additional clothes storage, if desired.
Boardwalk Balcony Stateroom TV
My favorite amenity due to the convenience was the stateroom TV. Aside from a selection of general TV channels for entertainment, there are also informational channels. Each evening, we were able to watch the Captain of the ship discuss our current travel time and cruising path. He would also discuss the next day’s itinerary. Personally, I found the account information channel to be the most useful. I could check my account status with on board spending at any moment. I did this by turning on the allotted TV channel and electing which guest account I wanted to view. Here is another useful tip if you are traveling with children. If you are concerned with spending capabilities, do not activate the children’s SeaPass cards to have spending privileges.
On the evening of the last night on the ship, I was able to check my account to confirm charges and any outstanding account balance. Since all checked out and I had a credit card assigned to my on board spending account, I did not have to wait in the lengthy guest services line to settle the account. BONUS!
Boardwalk Stateroom Balcony Area
The balcony size for our room was a pleasant surprise. Over-sized patio doors opened to a private balcony area with a moderate round table and two chairs. The curved, clear acrylic design of the balcony railing enclosure served to not obstruct the Boardwalk and ocean views. From our balcony, we had a clear view of the Aqua Theater and restaurants and shops below. In the evenings, we often sat on the balcony and watched the night life below, or the performers in the Aqua Theater shows. During the day, we could take in ocean views beyond the Aqua Theater or observe children and adults alike enjoying a carousel ride.
Overall, we were satisfied with our Boardwalk Balcony Staterooms with regards to amenities, size and location for our family. Though our stateroom didn’t offer a panoramic ocean view, it did offer relaxation and entertainment from the comfort of a private balcony over the Boardwalk.
To read more about our cruise vacation on board the Oasis of the Seas, check out my “Walk with Me through Central Park at Sea!” Travel and Lifestyle post. You may also find “Teen Only Zones on the Oasis of the Seas” and “Adventure Ocean Kids Club Aboard the Oasis of the Seas” to be informational if you are traveling with teens and younger passengers.