Gone are the days of small cabins with bunk beds and portholes. On today’s cruise ships, most staterooms have a private balcony where you can step outside and enjoy the sea views or watch as your ship pulls into your next destination.
Some of the newest innovations in stateroom design include:
• On selected Royal Caribbean ships, some interior rooms now have a “virtual balcony”—a high-definition 80-inch screen connected to a live camera with audio outside the ship, so you can experience the same sights and sounds as someone with a balcony or ocean view room.
• Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Edge, features the Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda, which allows you to open your stateroom to the veranda for a luxurious open-air experience.
• Carnival Cruise Line’s new Carnival Horizon has tropics-inspired Havana Cabanas that include a private patio cabana facing the expanded promenade, offering magnificent sea views.
• Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas has introduced the Ultimate Family Suite: a two-story suite with an in-suite slide, air hockey table and LEGO wall, plus a private game room and life-size Connect 4 game. The balcony has table tennis and a private whirlpool spa, and a stylish separate master suite gives parents a place to escape and relax.