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Never been on a cruise ship? Not sure what to expect of the cabin?

Well, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Lots of people are unsure of what to expect, how much space they will have and how comfortable they will be.

To help you out, we’ve put together a review of one of our recent cruise cabins. This particular cabin was an “Oceanview” cabin aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas.

So while the exact detail may not apply to your cruise ship, you can usually expect the same level of comfort and amenities.

Cabin Overview

According to Royal Caribbean, their Oceanview cabins range in size from 180-200 square feet. Walking into the cabin, you realize that amount of space is small, but sufficiently comfortable for two people.

If you are the type that will spend a lot of time your room, then you may find the cabin small after 7 days. However, if you are always doing something around the ship or in port, then you will find it plenty comfy.

The room decoration and furniture was clean, although not terribly stylish. It reminded us of a somewhat dated hotel room. It gets the job done, but if you are used to staying in stylish new hotels — like you’d see in Las Vegas — then you might be disappointed.

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Opening the cabin door, you have a large closet on your right and the bathroom on the left. Walking into the cabin, you have a small loveseat and table on your left, and a built in vanity/desk on the right, which includes the TV. Beyond that is the bed with lamps and nightstands and the cabin’s window.

With the Oceanview room, there is no balcony. Instead, there is a rather large window (about 3 feet across) that offers plenty of light into the room and gives it an “airy” feel. While we would certainly enjoy having a balcony, we never felt claustrophobic in the cabin.

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The Bathroom

As we mentioned, the bathroom sits on your left immediately as you enter the cabin. The bathroom (or head for those of you versed in nautical lingo) is small, clean, and efficient. There isn’t any wasted space.

There is a large vanity as you walk in, and a combo sink and counter. Behind some of the mirrors is shelf space to store toiletries.

The commode is built into the wall and uses some sort of vacuum system.

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The shower is small, to say the least. It’s a round enclosure about 2 feet across. The door slides shut to put you inside a sort of shower “pod.” Because of the limited space, it’s hard to bend over in the shower.

Luckily, the shower has a hand wand that slips into a bracket attached to the wall to hold it. So you can leave the wand in the bracket and use it like a regular shower head or take it out of the bracket for those hard to reach places.

During our trip we had plenty of hot water. Keep in mind that the bathroom doesn’t have a vent. If you take a steamy shower, then your cabin may be humid for a few hours since the steam has nowhere to go.

There are plenty of towels provided, but they can be small. A little tip if you want big, fluffy towels — simply grab some from the pool area. These towels are usually much nicer than what’s provided in the cabins.

The Closet/Storage

Space is always at a premium on the ship. That’s why you’ll want to pack as much as you can into the closet. Thankfully, the closets are fairly large and offer plenty of storage. Ours had plenty of coathangers and closet rod space. As well, there is another fold down closet rod if you need to hang more clothes.

Finally, there are a number of small shelves to place other laundry on.

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Keep in mind that your lifejackets are usually found in the closet in case you ever need them.

The Built-In Desk and Vanity

Taking up the most space in the room, the desk/vanity is one of the cabin’s focal points. As with any small room, this piece of furniture serves a number of purposes.

First and foremost, the desk offers plenty of storage. You’ll find a number of drawers on either side of the seating area. The top drawer is where we found the built-in hair dryer.

The desk itself is rather large for the space and provides plenty of workspace. We would have no problem firing up a laptop here and getting some work done. Plugs and ethernet ports are also conveniently located.IMG_2223 (Small)

However, desk space and storage is just the start. Also included on the left-hand side of the vanity are the cabin’s safe, television, and refrigerator.

The safe is what you’d find in any Vegas hotel. A small safe with a numeric keypad. It’s a nice touch given that you will be out of your room most of the time on a set schedule.

The TV was a 32″ flatscreen. We liked that it was on a full adjustable swivel arm. We could lay in bed and watch TV or sit on the other side of the cabin and simply turn it to face us.

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The refrigerator is a classic mini-bar fridge. It comes stocked with drinks and a price list. Once you depart the cruise, the staff will take stock and anything missing will be charged to your account.

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If you like, you can ask your room steward to remove the drinks or simply put them in one of the drawers. This will give you room to fit anything you want to keep cold.

The Bed

The most important part of the entire cabin — the bed. What you may not realize is that the bed is actually two beds in one.

The beds are pretty much always twin-sized, with two to a cabin. But you can arrange before you arrive to have them put together, making a king-size bed.

We found the bed very comfy, but that’s because we like firm mattresses. If you are the type that like fluffy pillow tops on your bed, then you may be disappointed. Pillows are fine too, but if you are particular, it doesn’t hurt to bring your own from home.

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