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Boardwalk Balcony Staterooms on the Oasis of the Seas

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

King Bed in Boardwalk Balcony Stateroom
King Bed in Boardwalk Balcony Stateroom

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

Full Bathroom in the Boardwalk Balcony Stateroom
Full Bathroom in the Boardwalk Balcony Stateroom

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

TV in the Boardwalk Balcony Stateroom
TV in the Boardwalk Balcony Stateroom

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.

My Daughter and her New Towel Buddy
My Daughter and her New Towel Buddy

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.

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Boardwalk Balcony Staterooms on the Oasis of the Seas

    1. I must admit I found the rooms to be more spacious than other balcony staterooms I have stayed in. And, the Boardwalk view was pretty neat. It offered the open air concept of the balcony with a view of the amenities below.

    2. Hi Stacey, the ship is huge considering there were 5000+ passengers on there! The rooms were very spacious and tastefully decorated. Our stateroom attendant did an awesome job keeping the room tidy and stocked with plenty of fresh towels. I am ready for my next adventure!

    1. Hi Nicolette! The cabin sizes have definitely come a long way since I started cruising about 14 years ago! We are exploring some family suite options for the next trip so I will be sure to post on those as an option also.

  1. This is very informational. I like the video and pictures that go with it. You really get a clear idea of what the staterooms are like. This is very nice compared to the small inside cabin that I stayed in the one time I went on a cruise.

    1. Thanks Jessica! I am getting more involved with the video snippets and plan to evolve my videos into a YouTube audience as well as on my Blog. And yep, the staterooms were very spacious compared to other options that we explored or stayed in previously. Thanks for the feedback!

  2. This is super helpful to get the inside scoop on what the Boardwalk staterooms are like! Sometimes it can be hard to tell from the web site and pictures. Thanks!

    1. No problem! We often have a hard time choosing so I am a big researcher when I need to make an important decision like which room to book. Hope this helps those that are also looking for an informative opinion!

  3. I have been on 5 cruises and they all have been on much smaller ships. One question that I hope I didn’t miss perusing through your post…was it noisy on the balcony because it was over the boardwalk? That would be the fear that I would have. When you have a balcony room on the ocean side, you really only hear the ocean. From your video, you can hear the carousel/music from the boardwalk. I would think it may be too loud during the evening hours. By the way – awesome read and wonderful video and pics!

    1. Hi Judean! Thanks for the comment 😊 I have had Ocean balcony rooms, rooms over the promenade and then this balcony over the Boardwalk. The Ocean is by far the quietest, then I would say Boardwalk second and Promenade had the most activity. In the evenings over the Boardwalk it wasn’t noisy per say, because the main event in the evening was the aqua show on the Boardwalk. People were more involved in watching the show and less into “hanging out” like the night life on the Promenade. Hope this helps!

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