Family Staterooms

Gone are the days a family of 2 adults and 2 children is the norm.

Hands up who has tried to organise a family holiday?  Hands up who gets frustrated with the assumption a family stops at a total of 4 people?  Hands up who doesn’t want to squeeze 4 people into a small stateroom?  Hands up who wants some privacy on holiday?

Well, it is time to cruise into cruising.  Cruise lines have seen the growing trend of families with more than two children, blended families, multi generations traveling together and parents who would like their kids close, just not too close!

What have they done you ask?  They have created a number of stateroom options to suit our ever-changing society.

Today we are going to focus on Royal Caribbean.  Based in our waters over the peak family holiday season (OCT-APR), they have great options for all families.

As there are limited numbers of these staterooms, we recommend you book ahead to secure your place.

So, let’s take a look at what they have to offer!

The ships visiting us for the 18/19 and 19/20 summers are:
*          Radiance of the Seas
*          Explorer of the Seas
*          Voyager of the Seas
*          Ovation of the Seas

These ships have a multitude of stateroom options.  Highlighted below are the larger of the stateroom categories and those accommodating more than 4 guests in one stateroom.

OVATION OF THE SEAS

Junior Suite – Stateroom: 267 sq. ft. Balcony: 81 sq. ft.
Bedroom area with two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Full bathroom with tub. Sitting area with sofa that converts to double bed. Private balcony. Sleeps up to 4 guests plus infant in crib.

Junior Suite with Large Balcony – Stateroom: 276 sq. ft. Balcony: 161 sq. ft.
Bedroom area with two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Full bathroom with tub. Sitting area with sofa that converts to double bed. Private balcony.
Sleeps up to 4 guests.

Grand Suite 1 Bedroom – Stateroom: 351 sq. ft. Balcony: 109 sq. ft.
Bedroom area with two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Full bathroom with tub, two sinks and second entrance that opens to living room. Living room with sofa that converts to double bed, entertainment centre, and writing desk. Private balcony with seating area and private dining.
Sleeps up to 4 guests.

Grand Suite with Large Balcony – Stateroom: 351 sq. ft. Balcony: 259 sq. ft.
Bedroom area with two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Full bathroom with tub, two sinks and second entrance that opens to living room. Living room with sofa that converts to double bed, entertainment centre, and writing desk. Wrap around private balcony with seating area and private dining.
Sleeps up to 4 guests.

Grand Suite 2 Bedrooms
– Stateroom: 543 sq.ft. Balcony: 259 sq.ft.
Two bedrooms, two bathrooms.  Master bedroom with two twin beds that convert to a king, private bathroom with tub and separate dressing area. Second bedroom with two twin beds that convert to a king and two Pullman beds. Full second bathroom with shower. Living area with sofa that converts to a double bed. Marble entry and entertainment centre. Wrap around private balcony with seating area and private outdoor dining.
Sleeps up to 8 guests.

Owner’s Suite
– Stateroom: 541 sq. ft. Balcony: 259 sq. ft.  1 Bedroom, bedroom area with two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Full bathroom with tub and two sinks. Separate half bath. Marble entry, large closets, living area with dining table and sofa that converts to double bed. Private balcony with seating area and private outdoor dining.
Sleeps up to 4 guests.

Sky Loft Suite – Stateroom: 673 sq. ft. Balcony: 183 sq. ft.
Two decks high with panoramic views.  One bedroom, two bathrooms.  On main level, open living/dining room with sofa that converts to double bed. Full bathroom with shower. Private balcony with dining area. On second level, master bedroom has a King size bed with Duxiana Mattress and a bathroom with shower and two sinks.
Sleeps up to 4 guests.

Owner’s Loft Suite
– Stateroom: 975 sq. ft. Balcony 501 sq. ft.
Two decks high with panoramic views.  One bedroom, two bathrooms.  Main level has open living/dining room with double sofa bed, bathroom and private wrap around balcony with dining area. On second level, master bedroom has a King size bed with Duxiana Mattress, bathroom with shower and two sinks, and private balcony.
Sleeps up to 4 guests.

Grand Loft Suite – Stateroom: 696 sq. ft. Balcony: 216 sq. ft.
Two decks high with panoramic views.  One bedroom, two bathrooms.  Main level has open living/dining room with double sofa bed, bathroom and private balcony with dining area. On second level, master bedroom has a King size bed with Duxiana Mattress and bathroom.
Sleeps up to 4 guests.

Royal Loft Suite – Stateroom: 1,640 sq.ft. Balcony: 553 sq.ft.
Two decks high with panoramic views. One bedroom, two bathrooms. Main level open living/dining room with dry bar and sofa that converts to double bed. Separate media room with queen-size sofa bed, second bedroom with closet and two twin beds that convert to king and full bathroom with shower. Large private balcony with dining area. Master bedroom on second level has king-size bed and a private bathroom with soaking tub, shower, two sinks and bidet. Private balcony with whirlpool tub.
Sleeps up to 6 guests.

Family Interconnecting – Consists of 3 booking individual stateroom categories.  All staterooms are connected, in theory you have a 3 room, 3 bathroom stateroom accommodating a total of 7 guests, made up of the following:
1.         Junior Suite with Large Balcony (max. occupancy 4 guests)
2.         Ocean View Balcony (max. occupancy 2 guests)
3.         Studio Interior (max. occupancy 1 guest)

Studio Interior – Stateroom: 101 sq. ft.
Full size bed and full bathroom. Enjoy Virtual Views of real-time scenery via your flat-screen television. Single occupancy stateroom, no single supplement required.

Studio Ocean View Balcony – Stateroom: 119 sq. ft. Balcony: 55 sq. ft.
full size bed, full bathroom and private balcony. Single occupancy stateroom, no single supplement required.

VOYAGER/EXPLORER OF THE SEAS

Ultra-Spacious Ocean View – Stateroom 262 sq.ft.
Two twin beds that convert to king, two Pullman beds in separate area, separate sitting area with sofa bed and bathroom.
Sleeps up to 6 guests.

Ocean View Panoramic – Stateroom 406 sq.ft.
Two twin beds that convert to king. Curtained section with bunk beds. Living area with double sofa bed, vanity and sitting area. One and a half baths with shower.
Sleeps up to 6 guests.

Junior Suite – Stateroom 264 sq.ft. Balcony 75 sq.ft.
Two twin beds that convert to king-size bed, private balcony, sitting area with sofa and bathroom with tub.
Sleeps up to 4 guests plus infant in crib (selected staterooms).

Grand Suite 1 Bedroom – Stateroom: 349 sq. ft. Balcony: 95 sq. ft.
Marble entry. Room has two twin beds that convert to Royal King, private balcony, sitting area with double sofa bed and bathroom with tub.

Grand Suite 2 Bedrooms – Stateroom 561 sq.ft. Balcony 246 sq.ft
Two bedrooms with twin beds that convert to king-size bed (one room with third and fourth Pullman beds), two bathrooms (one with tub) and living area with double sofa bed. Sleeps up to 8 guests.

Owner’s Suite – Stateroom: 559 sq. ft. Balcony 64 sq.ft.
1 Bedroom with queen-size bed, bathroom with tub. Separate living area with a queen-size sofa bed.
Sleeps up to 4 guests plus infant in crib (selected staterooms).

Royal Suite with Balcony – Stateroom: 1,087 sq. ft.  Balcony 196 sq. ft.
Grand entrance with doorbell. Bedroom with king-size bed, and private bathroom with tub, private balcony with whirlpool, living room with queen-size sofa bed and baby grand piano.
Sleeps up to 4 guests plus infant in crib (selected staterooms).

RADIANCE OF THE SEAS

Junior Suite – Stateroom: 299 sq. ft. Balcony: 66 sq. ft.
Two twin beds which can convert to king, private balcony, sitting area with sofa bed and private bathroom with tub. Sleeps up to 4 guests plus infant in crib (selected staterooms).

Grand Suite – Stateroom: 385 sq. ft. Balcony: 106 sq. ft.
1 Bedroom with two twin beds which can convert to king, private balcony, sitting area with double sofa bed.  Bathroom with tub and double sink.  Sleeps up to 4 guests plus infant in crib (selected staterooms).

Owner’s Suite – Stateroom: 512 sq. ft. Balcony: 57 sq. ft.
1 Bedroom with queen-size bed, bathroom with whirlpool tub, double sink and bidet. Separate living area with a double sofa bed. Sleeps up to 4 guests plus infant in crib (selected staterooms).

Royal Suite with Balcony
– Stateroom: 1,001 sq. ft. Balcony: 172 sq. ft.
Bedroom with king-size bed, and private bathroom with tub, double sink and bidet. Private balcony, living room with queen-size sofa bed and baby grand piano. Sleeps up to 4 guests plus infant in crib (selected staterooms).

Owner’s Suite 2 Bedroom – Stateroom: 584 sq. ft. Balcony: 151 sq. ft.
Two bedrooms with two twin beds that convert to king (one room with up to 4 Pullman beds), two bathrooms (one with shower, one with bathtub), living area with double sofa bed, private balcony.  Sleeps up to 8 guests.

INTERCONNECTING CABINS

In addition to Ovation of the Sea’s Family Interconnecting, Royal Caribbean has a number of staterooms which interconnect.  This is a very cost effective way to keep your family close, with privacy.  The added bonus is each stateroom can be sold individually, every stateroom has a bathroom.  Having multiple bathrooms on a cruise ship comes in very handy.

Hopefully this helps explain the multitude of options on offer.  For more clarification please contact us.

Time Lapse videos of World’s Largest Cruise Ship Harmony of the Seas

Timelapse of the world’s largest crew gathering on the world’s largest ship, Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas is abuzz with excitement as Royal Caribbean takes delivery of the 25th ship in its fleet. The world’s largest and most innovative ship is the new home to 2,100 crew from 77 nationalities after 32 months of construction in Saint Nazaire, France.

Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise ship with a bold and unexpected lineup of experiences found nowhere else on land or sea. An architectural marvel, Harmony of the Seas combines the distinct seven neighborhood concept that Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of ships are known for with some of the most modern and groundbreaking amenities. Innovative features include The Ultimate Abyss, a thrilling slide 10 stories high – the tallest at sea, robot bartenders, virtual balconies with real-time views of the destination for interior rooms, and VOOM – the fastest internet at sea – so that guests can stay connected, stream their favorite entertainment and share their adventures.

Ovation of the Seas has launched! Awaken to a whole new level of cruising.

Ovation of the Seas offers state of the art cruising experience to Australian and New Zealand passengers from today! Based in Sydney, Australia, Ovation of the Seas will be sailing to New Zealand and Asia in her debut months. The entertainment, dining, shopping, relaxation and staterooms are like nothing we have seen before.

Capsule

Exciting new features include

  • A jewel-like observation capsule suspended from the ship allowing passengers to see the world from a breathtaking 90 metres above sea-level.
  • The first ever skydiving simulator at sea. Discover the thrill of skydiving in a completely safe and controlled environment with RipCord by iFLY,
  • The largest indoor active space at sea. With 30 bumper cars, a roller rink, full-size basketball court, a circus school, floating DJ booth and a resident food truck.
  • Robotic barmen! Designed to energise and enthral, robots can mix up to two cocktails a minute with laser precision and thirst-quenching results.
  • FlowRider® Surf Simulator
    Surf your way across the Pacific on the, our 40-foot-long on-board surf simulator.

A new approach to dining at Sea

Dining

No Set Meal Times. No Set Tables. It’s Dynamic Dining

There are two ways to experience Dynamic Dining. Dynamic Dining Choice gives you the freedom to pick and choose your restaurants and dining times. Dynamic Dining Classic is a new option for those who prefer the traditional main dining style with the same dining time each night. Dynamic Dining Classic is available on a first come, first serve basis.

18 Restarants including Jamie Oliver’s Italian Restaurant

Embark on a journey of culinary exploration that is as vast and varied as any great city in the world. Experience the diversity and cutting edge of the latest in dining with restaurants including Wonderland (imaginative cuisine) Jamie Oliver’s (Italian) devinly decadence (healthy alternatives), Silk (Pan-Asia flavours), Michael’s Genuine Pub (Michael Schwartz’s simple & superb food) and American Icon Grill (gastronomic America).

Dining Options

Retail therapy finest brands

Shop onboard for jewellery, fashion, luxury watches and beauty with celebrated brands including Bvglari, Regalia and Hublot.. What holiday wouldn’t be complete without a little retail therapy?

Relax with Vitality Spa & Fitness Center

Use your time onboard to revitalise and relax. The Vitality Spa and Fitness Center is a relaxation and wellness retreat to help you relax, rebalance and re-energize mind and body during your cruise.

Visit cruisoffers.com.au to book a cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas.

Family Cruises – What are the benefits

With the amazing increase in popularity of cruising, it’s no secret that cruising has become hugely popular with families. The number of children onboard is growing steadily, and more than 2 million kids younger than 15 sailed on cruise lines in 2013, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. Yet, despite the great strides made by cruise lines in accommodating children onboard, choosing the best cruise for your family is still complicated. Where once it was a struggle to find ships that were kid-friendly, the challenge now is wading through the bevy of activities, kids clubs, and child-themed activities of the newer ships offer to determine which cruise ships are best for your youngsters. Cruising from Australia the main competition is between P&O, Carnival and Royal Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean

Ships: Radiance of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s award winning Advenure Ocean Youth Programme and a host of onboard activities ensure your kids will have the time of their lives. It’s family time, and it’s all included. Please find below some of the highlights of their family program.

THE DREAMWORKS EXPERIENCE – Exclusive shows, parades, dining and photo opportunities for the whole family with characters from DreamWorks® Animation

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES – Be entertained with Broadway style shows, rock wall, FlowRider surf simulator, mini-golf, iceskating and swimming pools.

ADVENTURE OCEAN – Our Youth Staff have developed age-appropriate curriculums to engage and entertain kids and teens of all ages: Aquanauts 3 – 5 years, Explorers 6 – 8 years, Voyagers 9 – 11 years, Teens 12 – 14 years, Teens 15 – 17 years

FAMILY-FRIENDLY DINING – With My Family Time DiningSM, our expedited dining service, your kids (ages 3 – 11 years) are served their meals and then picked up by our Adventure Ocean staff so you can enjoy the rest of your dinner.

ROYAL BABIES & TOTSSM NURSERY – Our littlest guests (ages 6-36 months) can enjoy specially designed programmes whilst being cared for by trained professionals.

P&O Cruises

Ships: Pacific Jewel, Pearl, Dawn, Eden & Aria

P&O have a wide variety of daily activities designed just for kids. Their Kids Club program has been designed with help from childhood experts, and they limit the number of children onboard so nobody ever feels left out. At meal time, even the fussiest feeders will love the kids’ menu options, family share platters in the Waterfront Restaurant, and the kids’ only dinner every night at Plantation Restaurant. The kid’s clubs Turtle Cove and Shark Shack are open until 10:30pm and provide a late night child-minding service until 1am while tweens and teens can enjoy the features of HQ & HQ+ until 1am each night. So date nights and downtime are ready when you are.

For those after a serious dose of adrenalin, P&OEdge, the largest adventure program at sea is now onboard Pacific Jewel. That means you can climb, swing, jump and race your way through the ship. Whether you’re ascending high above the Big Screen, climbing up the aft tunnel or flying around the atrium you’ll see Pacific Jewel like never before!

Carnival Cruises

Ships: Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend

Carnival Cruises are fun ships for kids and parents. They are the only ship cruising from Australia with water slides for all ages. The Green Thunder is the steepest waterslide at sea If you’re up for freefalling and being whipped around at up to 65 kilometres per hour you’ll have a blast. If you’re not, take a deep breath, and get ready for the ride of your life.  A new addition to Carnival is the Seuss at Sea. The littlest ones, and their families, will enjoy an all-new, extra-special experience as the fantastical world of Dr. Seuss comes to life around them.  Enjoy a special onboard character parade, interactive story time, arts & crafts activities, character breakfast and more, featuring their favourite Dr. Seuss characters. Seuss at Sea truly brings your child’s favourite books to life.

Camp Carnival offers tons of activities designed for children in three different age groups: 2 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 11 years. Carnivals counsellors, each with education or childcare experience, are on the clock making sure everyone in the small groups of kids is having fun. When it’s mealtime, kids get their own menus, with faves like mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, and more. And when the sun goes down, we offer Night Owls (fees apply) so kids get to stay up late having fun, while their parents also enjoy themselves well into the night.

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Explorer of the Seas coming to Australia

Royal Caribbean International has announced the addition of Explorer of the Seas to its Australian-based fleet. The Explorer of the Seas is the second of five in the Voyager-class series that started with Voyager of the Seas in 1999. The Explorer of the Seas will boast a wealth of facilities, activities and entertainment and put it “head and shoulders” above its Australian competitors.

Upon its arrival in Australasian waters in Nov 2015, the 3,800-passenger Explorer will join sister ship Voyager of the Seas as the largest cruise vessels sailing in the southern hemisphere. The new ship will replace the departing Rhapsody of the Seas, which leaves Australian waters after eight consecutive seasons. Explorer’s maiden season in Australia will consist of sailings to ports in Australia, NZ and the South Pacific, along with Singapore repositioning cruises. The ship will also feature a range of Royal Caribbean innovations including Australia’s first ‘FlowRider’ onboard surfing simulator, “virtual balcony cabins”, ice skating and of course the signature Royal Promenade.

Explorer and Voyager will make an historic rendezvous in Sydney Harbour on 28 Nov 2015.

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Royal Caribbean’s ship Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean cruise line dazzled cruise aficionados with details of its forthcoming Quantum of the Seas ship, which will be the first at sea to offer attractions like bumper cars, simulated skydiving and an observation capsule called The North Star, with a bird’s eye view 300 feet (91 meters) above the water.

“Without a doubt, Quantum of the Seas is a game changer with technological innovations never imagined aboard a cruise ship,” said Stewart Chiron.

Quantum will launch in November 2014 and will homeport in Cape Liberty, in Bayonne, N.J., with winter sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean executives said The North Star was inspired by the London Eye. The capsule can hold 14 people and is attached to a crane-like arm.

The skydiving attraction, called RipCord, uses a powerful wind flow to keep participants aloft while floating and spinning over an outdoor deck. “You’re not touching anything but the air,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.

An indoor complex called SeaPlex will host basketball, table tennis, trapeze instruction and bumper cars. The space converts to a dance floor for roller-skaters, with a DJ hovering above in a see-through pod. Another space, Two70, has a 270-degree panoramic view and will host aerialists and other performances.

Quantum of the seas

Cabins have modular features like interior doors so that adjacent bedrooms can be connected for large families or multi-generational groups.

Not everything on Quantum is new to the industry. Norwegian’s Epic ship introduced rooms designed for solo travelers, which Quantum will also have. Disney’s Dream and Fantasy ships have “virtual portholes” for windowless staterooms offering live views of the sea, and all of Quantum’s interior cabins will also have “virtual balconies” consisting of LED screens with projected ocean views.

Tickets for Quantum’s first sailing will go on sale to the public June 4, with Royal Caribbean regular cruisers getting an early shot at tickets starting May 27. Prices were not announced but cruise lines typically charge more for new ships than for other cruises. Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., said there would be no extra fees for many of the ship’s attractions, including The North Star and skydiving.

Royal Caribbean also owns the largest cruise ships in the world, the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas, which carry more than 6,000 people apiece. Quantum will carry 4,180 passengers.

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Royal Caribbean to base Voyager of the Seas in Sydney

Royal Caribbean Cruises has just announced that its “megaliner” Voyager of the Seas will be based in Asia and Australasia from 2012 – including a five month season based in Sydney from November 2012.

The 3840-passenger vessel will also cruise in China between June and October 2012, and will be the fifth Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited ship sailing in the region in 2012/13 – alongside Rhapsody of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Millennium.

“There are clear opportunities in the China and Australia markets, which are key areas for Royal Caribbean International’s global development,” said CEO Adam Goldstein at a press conference in Shanghai.

Royal Caribbean Australia MD Gavin Smith said the positioning of Voyager down under “demonstrates our company’s tremendous belief in the future of this region and we are extremely honoured to shape the future of cruising in Australia”.

Voyager of the Seas has 1556 staterooms and will introduce a host of innovations including its ‘Royal Promenade’ indoor main street, an ice rink, skating track, golf simulator and inside cabins with a view.

She will operate 12 New Zealand, South Pacific and Australian itineraries ranging from one to 18 nights, sailing from Sydney and Fremantle.

Royal Caribbean said the cruises were due to open for sale early next month.

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