Situated on deck 6 of Royal Caribbean’s Freedom-class ships is a promenade stateroom that’s unlike any other cabin onboard.
Imagine a stateroom featuring cow-themed decor, vouchers for free ice cream and highly-coveted suite lounge access - all for the same price as every other inside promenade stateroom onboard.
Without a doubt, the Ben and Jerry’s suite is the weirdest stateroom onboard any Royal Caribbean ship; and I was lucky enough to experience this bizarre stateroom for myself onboard Liberty of the Seas last weekend.
Found on Liberty of the Seas, along with Freedom of the Seas and Independence of the Seas, the Ben and Jerry’s suite is the only inside cabin suite on any Royal Caribbean ship.
While cabin 6305 might look like a regular ol’ promenade stateroom from the hallway, most don’t realize this stateroom is perfectly situated right above the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream parlor. Open the cabin’s blinds and you’ll find a front row view of two life-size cow’s derriere (or should I say dairy-ere?)
Here’s what it was like staying in the weirdest Royal Caribbean stateroom.
Having never heard of the Ben and Jerry’s Sweet, I did some preliminary research to see what I could expect staying in the promenade “suite.”
Legend has it that the cow-obstructed views were an oversight from Royal Caribbean during the construction phase of building the Freedom-class ships. Once it was discovered that these massive cows block most of the cabin’s promenade view, Royal Caribbean decided to add a few freebies for guests.
Alas, the Ben and Jerry’s Sweet was born!
After learning about this peculiar promenade stateroom, I found an older article on RoyalCaribbeanBlog that provided some pictures, videos and details about the Ben and Jerry’s suite.
Back in 2011, the Ben and Jerry’s suite appeared to be covered with cow-themed decor from head to toe. From bedsheets and pillows with cow-prints to mini cow trinkets and clocks, the Ben and Jerry’s suite was decked out with decor. The door of the suite even had a special plaque, which surely intrigued other guests onboard.
Booking the Ben and Jerry’s suite was the same price as every other promenade stateroom on Liberty of the Seas
Because of the cabin’s obscureness, it was difficult to find any updated or current photos of what to expect from the suite. With just 3 cabins existing in Royal Caribbean’s entire fleet, the Ben and Jerry’s suite is considered a hidden gem.
Although I’ve cruised many times on Royal Caribbean ships that feature promenade staterooms, or glorified inside cabins that have a window overlooking the lively promenade onboard, I’ve never actually booked one for myself.
I always worried that a promenade stateroom would be too noisy when trying to sleep at night, especially considering how busy the promenade is on any Royal Caribbean cruise. I was anxious to see whether I liked staying in a promenade stateroom and I was grateful to try out this cabin on a short, 3-night sailing.
For this cruise, I’d be sailing with my husband. I warned him about expecting obnoxious cow decor in the stateroom while in the same breath sharing that we would presumably be receiving suite lounge access and free ice cream with the stateroom.
While boarding, I was confused whether we could board with other suite guests, as we didn’t receive any communication regarding the benefits of our room prior to boarding. As such, we boarded like everyone else so as to not potentially embarrass ourselves.
Walking inside the stateroom for the first time after boarding, my husband looked to me and said “Uh, I don’t think this is the Ben and Jerry’s suite.”
Expecting to see an obscene amount of cow-themed decor, we opened the door to cabin 6305 to see a stateroom that initially looked like every other promenade cabin. There was no plaque on the stateroom door like I had seen in older pictures and videos.
I gave a confused look to my husband and went inside the cabin further to investigate.
Once we were inside the promenade cabin, we quickly spotted a framed photo of a cow painting. The quirky artwork confirmed we were indeed in the Ben and Jerry’s suite!
I looked out the window to find the life-size cows right above the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream shop in the promenade.
These massive cow structures blocked the majority of our promenade view - and it certainly made us laugh when seeing the cow posteriors for the first time.
On the stateroom vanity, we found a coupon that was titled “Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Guest” with small boxes to check for each complimentary treat.
The voucher said, “Enjoy a daily complimentary ice cream treat from your friends at Royal Caribbean International and Ben & Jerry’s. Present this voucher at the time of ordering.”
The voucher stated that the coupon was non-transferrable, non-refundable and non-replaceable if lost or stolen. Since the sailing was only 3-nights, the boxes for Treat 4 through Treat 7 were crossed out.
We also found a welcome sheet from the suite concierge welcoming us onboard, writing, “We're thrilled to welcome you to the Ben & Jerry's Sweet onboard Liberty of the Seas for what’s sure to be an unforgettable adventure. This one of a kind stateroom overlooks the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop on the Royal Promenade - and it comes with some pretty cool perks.”
The perks listed on the sheet included a free treat at Ben and Jerry’s on every day of our cruise for all guests staying in the stateroom, along with exclusive access to the Suite Lounge for continental breakfast and happy hour each evening from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
I’ve only ever stayed in a junior suite onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise, which confusingly enough did not come with Suite Lounge access. We were excited to see what the Suite Lounge was all about and compare it to the Diamond Lounge.
Of course, we couldn’t wait too long to take the Ben and Jerry’s voucher for a spin.
Voucher in tow, my husband and I went to Ben and Jerry’s for a little ice cream treat after boarding and dropping off our luggage.
Proudly displaying the voucher to the crew member working at Ben and Jerry’s, we inquired about what exactly our “complimentary treat” entailed. The crew member seemed a bit confused at first and didn’t entirely know what would be included.
We told him that the description said in our room that we could each have a daily complimentary treat, but he still seemed unsure about what the voucher was all about.
Eventually, he said we could pretty much have whatever we wanted, including any size of ice cream. I opted for a small Phish Food while my husband tried the Cookies and Cream.
After serving up our ice cream, he checked off Treat 1 on our voucher. We were surprised that using the voucher seemed to be confusing for the crew members, as there must be guests on each sailing that have this benefit.
Access to the suite lounge, including complimentary happy hour, was a huge benefit of the Ben and Jerry’s suite.
I’d look at a cow’s derriere (or are we saying dairy-ere?) each day of a cruise if it means I can enjoy complimentary happy hours each evening!
As I mentioned, I’ve never had access to the Suite Lounge. This gal is a cheap cruiser, so I normally stay in an inside cabin guarantee and enjoy my complimentary Diamond + drink vouchers.
We were giddy as we took out our SeaPass cards to enter the suite - I even took my phone out to film us waltzing into the Suite Lounge. We had big smiles until the card reader flashed red over and over again. We tried both cards until we finally accepted our fate that the cards were not going to let us in.
After waiting for someone else to enter, we rode their coat tails and spoke with the suite concierge who assured that he would fix our cards. We enjoyed a few drinks in the Suite Lounge before heading to dinner with others in our travel group.
I was surprised to find that the Suite Lounge has the same assortment of appetizers and snacks as the Diamond Lounge. I always assumed that the Suite Lounge would have a more desirable spread during happy hour, but this wasn’t the case when I went into both lounges on the same night.
The following evening, our cards still didn’t work, so the concierge issued us brand-new cards to use. While we confirmed they worked for the lounge, we were unable to access our stateroom that night; my husband had to go get us new cards at guest services around midnight.
With two SeaPasses in my lanyard, it was slightly frustrating to have these issues between the lounge and our stateroom - which were two of the most important places we needed access to!
Luckily by the last evening, we had access to the lounge and statement without any issues.
The promenade stateroom was indeed noisy, especially at night and during certain events.
We felt there were two major drawbacks of the promenade stateroom: the noise and the privacy. On the plus side, the promenade stateroom feels pretty similar in size to an inside cabin, although it does have two seating booths around the window nook. It was also nice to have a view of something other than a blank wall or a giant mirror.
We had to be very mindful of the curtains being closed while changing, as it would be very easy to forget about onlookers in the promenade. Because the cows block most of the views from our window, we would forget that people could easily look into our window if we weren’t cautious of closing the blinds.
Another major drawback of the promenade stateroom was how noisy it can be in the evenings. I would argue that the promenade had loud music playing each evening until midnight. The final evening of our cruise, my husband tried to go to bed at a reasonable time because we had an early morning flight the following day.
While trying to fall asleep, the 70s disco inferno party started in the promenade. He said it sounded like a concert was taking place inside our cabin and that it was actually vibrating from the music.
He texted me that it was so noisy, “They might as well be performing in our stateroom!” To investigate, he got out of bed to open the curtains and see what was happening. He was taken aback to find the performers were literally standing next to the cows on the small platform right outside our window!
He said he couldn’t close the window quick enough, especially considering he was dressed to go to bed.
We both agreed we would stay in the Ben and Jerry’s suite again, but probably not any other promenade stateroom.
The perks of the Ben and Jerry’s suite make this promenade stateroom worthwhile, but I don’t think I am sold on promenade staterooms in general.
Of course, access to the Suite Lounge with complimentary, nightly happy hour is a huge perk of booking the weirdest cabin on a Royal Caribbean ship. Considering the Ben and Jerry’s suite doesn’t cost anything extra compared to other promenade staterooms, it’s truly a great deal.
As a sweets lover, it was a fun daily treat to have Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. It did feel as though the crew members at Ben and Jerry’s didn’t know the rules of the voucher or suite, as we always seemed to get different answers when inquiring.
For example, we asked about whether we could have a milkshake instead of ice cream and it wasn’t entirely clear. On the last day, the voucher was taken after I ordered my daily treat, but my husband hadn’t had the chance to get his.
It was great to have the free ice cream vouchers daily, but I certainly wouldn’t need to have daily ice cream on a longer cruise. The 3-night sailing was perfect for a daily ice cream treat after long days in the Bahamian sun.
Again, I’d happily look at a fake cow’s dairy-ere if it means I get free ice cream and complimentary happy hours with drinks each day. The noise and privacy of the promenade stateroom wouldn’t always be worth it, but the Ben and Jerry’s suite is a must if it’s available!
Does Royal Caribbean have free ice cream? ›
On all Royal Caribbean ships, there is complimentary soft-serve ice cream on the ship. Usually, it is near the pools and there are ice cream cones available to pour the ice cream onto.Is Ben and Jerry's complimentary on Royal Caribbean? ›
Is the Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream free with my cruise purchase? No, this restaurants requires an additional fee and is not included in your cruise purchase. See below for pricing details and information on “how to book” this restaurant. Which Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Ships offer the Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream?What is a suite cabin on a cruise? ›
What is a suite? A suite is an especially large room within a cruise ship's top tier of cabins. Passengers who book a suite often receive special perks, such as quicker boarding, a dedicated butler, or even a separate restaurant, lounge, pool or sun deck.How many people can sleep in a suite on Royal Caribbean? ›
The suite sleeps up to 6 people with two sofas in the living spaces that convert to a double and queen bed, and two twin beds in the master bedroom that can also convert to a Royal King bed.Which Royal Caribbean ship has Ben and Jerry's? ›
Found on Liberty of the Seas, along with Freedom of the Seas and Independence of the Seas, the Ben and Jerry's suite is the only inside cabin suite on any Royal Caribbean ship.Which food is free at Royal Caribbean? ›
- tap water.
- coffee (regular and decaf)
- iced tea.
- flavored waters.
- juices (at breakfast and not fresh squeezed)
Yes, one beverage package per person for each guest booked in a Star suite is included. The Deluxe Beverage package is for guests 21 years and older (18 and older where applicable by law). Guests under the legal drinking age will receive the Refreshment Package.Can you wear jeans in the main dining room on Royal Caribbean? ›
Jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses are all the right amount of laid back. Please keep swimwear to the Pool Deck. Shorts are welcomed for breakfast and lunch.Is Johnny Rockets free on Royal Caribbean? ›
About Johnny Rockets on Royal Caribbean Ships
Breakfast is available complimentary to all guests, while lunch and dinner are considered a specialty experience and are an extra fee.
Suite guests have access to priority boarding, which means you get to start your vacation even sooner. Priority access is particularly beneficial in those ports where you need to tender.
What is the difference between a cabin and a suite? ›
Unlike the standard cabins, a suite might have a full living room area plus a dining table, an in-cabin bar, and multiple bathrooms. The master bathrooms can be incredibly spacious with whirlpool tubs, double vanities, and powder rooms or walk-in closets.Does Royal Caribbean suites include drinks? ›
Welcome to the most elevated spot for indulging in your favorite eats and libations. Reserved exclusively for guests of Grand Suite-level accommodations and above, the Suite Lounge serves complimentary continental breakfast and evening drinks. From croissants to your favorite drink, we've got your cravings covered.What are the 3 levels of the Royal suites class? ›
Within its three tiers – Star Class, Sky Class and Sea Class – guests can enjoy exclusive access to lounges and dining venues while onboard, attentive services and additional stateroom amenities.What ships have hooked seafood? ›
- Navigator of the Seas.
- Symphony of the Seas.
- Wonder of the Seas.
Half Baked is the best Ben and Jerry's flavor—fight us on it! But in all seriousness, this is actually relatively factual as two years in a row—2020 and 2021—Half Baked has taken home the #1 spot as bestselling Ben and Jerry's flavor.What is Two70 on Royal Caribbean? ›
By day, it's an open area living room with panoramic views through windows two decks high. By night, the lights go down, the windows become screens and the space comes alive with aerialists, robots and much more. This is Two70® — a place that can take you anyplace.How much is the senior discount on Royal Caribbean? ›
Royal Caribbean has expanded senior discounts of up to 15% off across many Caribbean itineraries departing between fall 2021 through spring 2022. The senior prices are available on selected sailings exclusively for guests who are 55 years of age and older.What age is senior discount on Royal Caribbean? ›
We offer reduced senior prices only on selected sailings exclusively for guests who are 55 years of age and older. We also offer special rates for police and firefighters on select ships and sailings. We do offer special rates on selected sailings for military personnel.How much money should I take on a 7 day cruise? ›
As a general rule, plan to have $50 to $100 each day in the local currency. Also, you may want to bring an extra $20 a day for tipping crew members. Make sure to include smaller bills for tips. Fifty to a hundred dollars a day should be enough to cover small purchases, tips and snacks at each port.How do you get free water on a cruise? ›
Upscale, luxury cruise lines and river cruise lines include bottled water in your stateroom, in eating facilities, at the gangway in port and often on excursions at no additional charge. In some of those cases, water in your stateroom is provided in refillable glass carafes or bottles.
How much do you tip a cabin steward on Royal Caribbean? ›
There aren't any hard-and-fast guidelines for this type of tip since it's contingent on your experience, but $25 to $40 on behalf of a couple roughly works out to an extra $2 to $3 per person, per day, for a seven-night cruise.How do you cheat on a Royal Caribbean drink package? ›
- Sharing Royal Caribbean Drinks Package.
- Buy Early & Cancel if Discount Price Later Available.
- Make Friends with the Bar-tender / Waiters.
- Drink Your Wine.
- Sneak Drinks on Board.
- Specify Brand of Liquors.
- Don't Overlook the Non-Alcoholic Drinks.
This means guests do not receive the same level of benefits and access that guests staying in Grand Suite or higher staterooms do. Most notably, this includes access to the concierge lounge, concierge service or reserved suites-only areas of the ship.Do you get free drinks with all inclusive? ›
The concept of all inclusive may vary from hotel to hotel, but generally all inclusive includes the room, food and drink.Do you have to dress up every night on a cruise? ›
Absolutely not. Your cruise is your own. If you don't want to dress up for the evening, then you certainly don't have to do so. Many people choose to keep it casual.Is bottled water free on Royal Caribbean? ›
For non-alcoholic beverages, the Refreshment Package is offered on a per guest, per day basis, and includes coffee, tea, sparkling or still bottled water, fresh-squeezed juices, non-alcoholic cocktails, fountain soda and a complimentary Coca-Cola® souvenir cup.Do Royal Caribbean staterooms have refrigerators? ›
Each Interior stateroom includes: Either a Royal king size bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, vanity area, a TV and telephone, fridge or minibar, hair-dryer and 24 hour room service.Is Starbucks free on a cruise? ›
Is the coffee included in the price of my cruise? Complimentary coffee is available in the dining rooms, through room service, and at several food and beverage venues around the ship. There will be a charge for Starbucks® coffee and food items.Are Johnny Rockets milkshakes included in Royal Caribbean? ›
Included are all non-alcoholic cocktails (mocktails), Coca-Cola Freestyle beverages and soda refills at any venue, bottled still and sparkling water, specialty teas and coffees, Johnny Rockets shakes, and freshly squeezed juices.Is continental breakfast free on Royal Caribbean? ›
Continental breakfast is complimentary. American breakfast has a service fee of $7.95¹ per room delivery. ROOM SERVICE MENU Craving convenience?
Do suite guests get priority boarding on Royal Caribbean? ›
All suites in the Royal Caribbean Suites program have access to certain benefits. Our Junior Suites, Grand Suites, Ocean View/ Panoramic (No Balcony) Suites, and Owner's Suites all receive priority boarding, and our Royal Suite and Villa Suite guests are escorted onboard by an officer.Who gets priority boarding on Royal Caribbean? ›
Priority embarkation is offered to suite guests (except Junior Suite) and Crown & Anchor Society members on the following tiers: Platinum, Emerald, Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle. Flexible Arrival is offered to Crown & Anchor Society Pinnacle Club members only.What is the best floor to stay on a cruise ship? ›
You want to be as close to the pivot point as possible to feel the least movement. Avoid cabins near the front (bow) or back (stern) and on decks higher than the middle deck of the ship. So, on a ship with fourteen passenger decks, your best options are below deck seven.What deck level is best on a cruise ship? ›
The higher the deck, the better and, often, more panoramic the view. Cabins on top decks aren't always the best on the ship, but many suites and specialty cabin categories are typically located on upper decks.Which is better suite or room? ›
Hotel room vs hotel suite
You get a single room with one or more king, queen, full, or twin beds, a work desk, a bathroom, and maybe a closet, a TV, and a dresser. A suite is a much larger accommodation. It usually has an attached bathroom, a living area, and most times, includes a dining area as well.
The most luxurious accommodation in a hotel is often called the presidential suite or royal suite.Is an executive suite better than a suite? ›
The major difference is the underlying concept. A standard room provides accommodation with/without the extras, however a suite by definition caters for accommodation per specific requirements i.e. an executive suite will have the basic amenities required by an executive, reading desk, Fax etc.How many people can sleep in Royal Suite class? ›
Royal Family Suite with Balcony
The suite sleeps up to eight with two twin beds that can become a Royal King in both the master and second bedroom, and an additional two Pullman beds in the second bedroom.
Owner's Suites are laid out similar to Grand Suites, but are larger and more luxurious. They vary in size by ship, ranging from 450 to 600 square feet. The entry/bar area is expanded, with enough room for a small dining table, separate from the large living area.Do you get free Internet in a suite on Royal Caribbean? ›
Book a suite that comes with free Wi-Fi
With Star and Sky Suite Class perks, suite guests onboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis and Quantum class ships get free premium Voom Wi-Fi.
What does suite mean on a cruise? ›
A suite is an especially large room within a cruise ship's top tier of cabins. Passengers who book a suite often receive special perks, such as quicker boarding, a dedicated butler, or even a separate restaurant, lounge, pool or sun deck.Is ice cream free on a cruise? ›
Soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt machines are usually free of charge at the buffet or pool deck. Food That Costs a Fee on Cruises: Cruise ship food that costs extra can be found at an abundance of alternative restaurants. Cover charges for these eateries range depending on the cruise line and ship.Is ice cream free on Symphony of the Seas? ›
Can You Get Free Ice Cream On Symphony Of The Seas? Yes, you will find an artic zone serving soft serve ice cream and or Frozen Yoghurt on deck 11, where you can enjoy unlimited ice cream.Does Royal Caribbean have dairy free milk? ›
Lactose-free/soy milk, ensure, and kosher meals are available at no extra charge. All you have to do is notify us at least 45 days prior to sailing (90 days for European/South American Itineraries). Vegan menus are available upon request at the Main Dining Room.Does Royal Caribbean provide condoms? ›
Of the cruise lines surveyed six – Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, MCS Cruises, Holland America, Disney and Crystal Cruises – stocked condoms.