If you’re anything like me, you want to know anything and everything about your upcoming cruise. I read everything I could find about Royal Caribbean cruises, about Liberty of the Seas and about the different types of cabins on the ship.
After returning from a recent cruise to Cozumel, I now have answers to all of my questions about the Liberty of the Seas Superior Ocean View Balcony cabins and wanted to share with you.
This is what our Liberty of the Seas cabin 7226 looked like.
It’s in the forward (front) section of the ship on the starboard (right) side on deck 7. We had a large group of people with us all spread out around deck 7 and all of the Superior Ocean View Balcony cabins were exactly like ours or a mirror image of it.
The most important thing I learned about staying in the Superior Ocean View cabin was the difference in interior and exterior cabins.
Having stayed only in interior cabins on my six previous cruises, I can tell you that I’ll never go back to interior. People always say that interior rooms are fine because “you’re only in there to sleep anyway”. And that was true for me in the past. My friends and I would sleep, shower and get ready in our interior cabins and rush out for fun.
But it turns out that when you have a balcony with gorgeous ocean views morning, noon and night, you actually want to stay in your cabin more. Whether it’s enjoying room service breakfast out on the balcony or enjoying the peaceful afternoon with a book overlooking the ocean, a balcony cabin is a much more enjoyable place to be.
The Superior Ocean View Balcony rooms can accommodate one or two people with plenty of room. When we arrived the beds had been pushed together into a queen-sized bed, but we just asked the room steward to separate them into two twin beds.
I’d read online that we should also ask the steward to remove the 2 bedside tables and the glass coffee table to make more room. We left them in our room, though, since we used them daily and had plenty of room. That long couch was plenty long enough to sit several adults comfortably. We usually kept our backpacks, camera bags and handbags on it and still had room to sit.
The desk and vanity space was large enough to hold a lot of stuff. We each had our laptops down at the end under the TV, then kept a LOT of makeup, jewelry and styling products down on the mirror end. It was a great place to sit and get ready for dinner while my roomie would take her shower in the bathroom. The narrow sides of the mirror open for additional storage.
The door under the TV opens to the cabin’s refrigerator. It was stocked with water, sodas and some snacks when we arrived. Those are NOT free. I’d read online that we could ask our steward to remove them so we could use the fridge, but he said that the items had to stay in the room or we’d be charged. It was OK to move them from the fridge, though, so we moved everything to the shelves on the left end of the cabinet and put our own water, sodas and wine in the little fridge.
The drawers weren’t huge, but were a great size for underwear and smaller items. There was a hair dryer in (and attached to so you can’t remove it) the small drawer at the top right. We thought it was a decent hairdryer and was good enough that I wouldn’t bother packing my own next time. It did overheat one evening and cut off for about 10 minutes, but worked again once it had cooled down.
I used the closet for most of my other clothes, hanging some items and putting the others on the closet shelves. When we arrived, there were about 8 hangers. I asked the room steward for more and he brought us another 8, which was plenty for our more formal items. There is a safe in the closet that you can program with your own code. It’s great for passports, jewelry, cameras and tech products.
The closet wasn’t huge, but it was definitely bigger than ones I’ve seen on previous cruises. You can see the shelves on the left end of the closet and the hanging space in these photos.
The bathroom was a nice surprise. There was enough space on the sink vanity for our all of our toiletries, which is very different from the other cabins I’ve stayed in. The left side of the mirror opened up to medicine cabinet shelving.
The shower was nice too. It’s separated from the bathroom with circular doors that slide open and closed. There was a handheld shower attached to the wall on a pole, so we could adjust the height of the shower and/or use the handheld if we wanted. Our steward brought us fresh towels each day – two washcloths, two hand towels, two large bath towels and a smaller bath mat/towel. (Pool towels are free up by the pools, so no need to bring your own or take the bathroom towels outside.)
The balcony had 2 deck chairs and a small table. It’s nice and roomy, with plenty of space for several adults. (We had 14 women on mine for a group shot and had a lot of room left over!)
The doors to the balcony are floor-to-ceiling sliding glass that are easy to open, close and lock. If you’re staying next door to family or friends, you can ask your room steward to open up the balcony dividers. Some apparently will not open, but many will.
A few other notes:
There is thermostat controlled air-conditioning. My roomie and I liked the stateroom cool at night, so we kept the thermostat turned as low as it would go during the day and night. It was cool enough to be comfortable, but definitely not cold. I used my personal fan to help cool off the room during the hot days and to circulate the air and keep us cool at night.
The flat-screen TV swivels out and around so you can see it from everywhere in the cabin. Even if you don’t watch your normal shows on the ship, be sure to check out the ship’s activities director’s show. It’s hilarious and is a great way to find out what’s going on around the ship.
There is supposed to be complimentary 24-hour room service, but there was only an order-ahead breakfast menu. We could fill it out and hang it on the door to have breakfast delivered the next morning. But out of all of our friends, no one had a regular room service menu in their room. When I called during the day to order room service, the call would not go through. I would have loved to take advantage of the room service throughout our cruise, so I hope it’s not being discontinued.
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