Deck Plans: Do you Really Need Them?
Absolutely! Unlike at hotels, you have to select your stateroom on the Oasis of the Seas or Allure of the Seas. If you choose not too – it is your choice. In this case you pick up ‘the guarantee.’ There are few reasons why you have to make your selections:
- Not all staterooms are created equal
- There are different categories of staterooms on the Oasis class ships, currently 38
- Location, location, location! – you have to find the best location for your stateroom
To select the best stateroom in your budget on the Oasis of the Seas or Allure of the Seas you have to study deck plan!
What is a Deck Plan?
The deck plan is a map of the ship. Keep in mind that areas that open to public are presented on deck plans of the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. All areas that are used as utility or service places look as white blocks. The lowest deck that accessible by general public is deck 3. The lowest decks are for crew only.
Why Staterooms are Colored Differently?
Staterooms are colored differently because they belong to different categories. Stateroom category is a block of staterooms that are in the same price range. Color separates one category from another.
How to Read a Deck Plan?
When you look at deck plan you have to find the following information:
- Which category particular stateroom belongs to
- Location: port or starboard (left or right side of the ship)
- On which deck: lowest is 3rd and highest is 18th)
- Stateroom is inside or outside
- Stateroom has window or balcony if any
- Stateroom has an additional beds (berths)
- Staterooms are connected to each other
- Stateroom is an accessible or not
- Where stateroom is located: bow, midship or aft
This helps you to identify the property of your stateroom.
Old and New Deck Plans
Effective May 30, 2015m Royal Caribbean International simplifies staterooms categories across the entire fleet. The key changes are as follows:
- Staterooms with triple and quad occupancy are moved to special categories
- The same categories will be on all Royal Caribbean International ships
- Staterooms are organized into categories based on deck number and occupancy
Changes for Oasis Class Ships Deck Plans
Royal Caribbean International change the following:
- Current Superior Ocean view Stateroom with Balcony category D1 (with biggest balcony) will be split into 2 categories: D1 – for quad occupancy and D2 – double occupancy staterooms
- Category K will be a quad stateroom category
- Current category F staterooms – obstructed Ocean View – will be category G
- Current unobstructed Ocean View staterooms will be category F
Deck plans for the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas