When my mom and I and my friend and her family went on a cruise this past winter, we were on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. It was a gorgeous ship, and we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise.
Since then, Royal Caribbean has been trying to entice me back, emailing me with their latest specials. I should see Europe by sea, they tell me. Perhaps sailing up the Thames on one of their smaller ships to dock in London for a few days, or maybe sailing to the Greek Isles or the Dalmatian Coast, or if I prefer, I could see Gibralter and Morocco and Southern Spain.
At other times, they recommend an Alaska cruise or even a Trans-Atlantic cruise as they move one of their ships from the Caribbean to Europe.
I look and sometimes check itineraries and allow myself to say, maybe someday...
But recently Royal Caribbean sent me an email announcing their newest ship, the Oasis of the Seas, which will be launched September 3rd. As far as I can tell, they haven't yet announced a schedule for the Oasis. But they have pictures.
Our room on the Freedom was an interior stateroom, a long rectangle that squeezed more nice furnishings and bathroom equipment inside than you'd have thought possible. But it was comfortable, especially since we didn't spend a lot of time there.
On the Oasis website, this is what they show for their "Accomodations:"
This is not a little rectangle.
There's a slideshow on the website with different views of the room. Those views show that in the far corner of this picture, to the right of the TV, underneath the loft, is what looks like a library with, yes, a grand piano. To the left of the TV, behind the cameraman, is a balcony for private lounging. Stunning. If this were my stateroom, I might not leave my room very much.
I have no idea how much it will cost for someone to stay in this room for a week-long cruise. And I think that at this point in my life, I don't really want to know.