Earlier this week, I posted a video review of our Grand Suite (#1298) on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas for the 25 June 2017 departure out of Galveston. This was a great cabin for our family of 4. I know that many folks prefer to have text-based information, so…. here you go! This was a great cabin for mom, dad, and sons aged 9 and 11. The suite perks were also nice, but today I just want to focus on what the cabin itself was like. It was almost identical to the trip we took on the Navigator of the Seas in 2015 in another Grand Suite, although all of the pictures are from this sailing.
When you walk in, a bar area is to one side and the bathroom is to another. In our cabin, the bar area was to the right and the bathroom was to the left. The closet was behind the mirrors you see at the top of this post; it wasn’t enormous, but it was certainly enough space for all of our hanging clothes. The bar area itself became the place where we stored stuff we were going to need again– Seapass cards, sunglasses, and the like.
The other side contained the bathroom, and that is one of the best perks of booking a suite with Royal Caribbean. We had two sinks, and that let more than one person get ready at a time. There was also plenty of storage available in the bathroom, and there was a proper bathtub. I don’t think anybody in my family used it, although it would be great for families with smaller children. The tub also doubled as the shower, and this meant that our shower (which we did use rather frequently) had a great deal more space than the showers available in regular staterooms. The bathtub also included a retractable line where one could hang swim suits and other clothing items.
The room itself felt like it was the same size as a standard hotel room on land in the U.S. It was a great deal smaller than most suites in U.S. hotels, although it looked to be twice the size of a regular cabin onboard. Literally, I think it was the space intended to two cabins which they simply formed into one. My preference was to have my family in this one cabin, although you might very well decide to simply book two balcony cabins instead. That would still leave you with slightly less space to move around in than we had, although it would also leave you with two bedrooms.
As we walked into the cabin, to our right was a coach with two comfortable sitting chairs. To our left was one king bed as well as a desk area that could be used either for work or for getting ready. On the wall was a television which had a decent selection of movies and news channels as well as an incredibly large selection of channels about stuff which the cruise line wanted to sell passengers. The couch folded out into a large and pretty comfortable bed, and that was where we had our kids sleep. Our room steward was fantastic, and he made the bed out each evening and returned it to a couch the following morning. The main bed could also have been split into two single beds had we wanted, and the desk area contained significant additional storage.
Another advantage of booking a Grand Suite rather than two balcony cabins is that the balcony is much larger. It includes a table with two chairs as well as two lounge chairs. The divider can certainly be opened between two balcony cabins if both parties want, and we had friends on this cruise who did that. However, this presented better furniture and a better flow of the space. It was a pleasant place for sipping coffee or a cocktail. The beds also adjusted their degree of recline, and that was excellent for taking mid-afternoon naps or reading a book.
All told, this was an excellent cabin that our entire family enjoyed. It was quiet, and we did not notice any noise from our neighbors nor the deck above. We can’t wait to sail in one again!