Nov. 20, 2009 -- Imagine you walk into your room aboard a cruise ship on its way to the Caribbean. You find a baby grand piano, a library and private wet bar. You notice an LCD TV in the corner, and a Jacuzzi on a wraparound balcony with views of the ocean.
Sounds nice, right? Does it sound nice enough for you to spend $16,659 on it?
Royal Caribbean is betting it does.
The world's largest cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas, sets sail next month on its maiden voyage.
The ship, which cost Royal Caribbean $1.4 billion to build, measures 1,187 feet long, longer than four city blocks, and has 2,706 staterooms that can hold nearly 6,300 passengers.
The most impressive of the rooms is the Royal Loft Suite, which sits on deck 17 toward the back of the ship overlooking the ocean and a basketball court below.
The Royal Loft has LCD TVs, a library, a baby grand piano and a dining room that sits eight people comfortably.
The master bedroom, located on the second level, has 17-foot windows. It comes with a bathroom that has a Jacuzzi and his-and-her shower heads.
"We had an opportunity on this ship to go up, vertically, without restriction. And we thought, 'What can we do in this area to create suites that are different from the more traditional suites we have on this ship?'" Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean, said.
But luxury isn't cheap. The room, which is 1,524 square feet, costs $16,659 per passenger per week, although prices may vary depending on the cruise and what time of year.
"There are 28 loft suites," Goldstein said. "There is only one like this, though."
The two-level Royal Loft Suite sleeps six and can connect to the neighboring Crown Loft Suite to accommodate up to 10 guests.
'Oasis of the Seas' Sky Loft Suites
One level down on the luxury scale are the Sky Loft suites.
There are only two aboard the ship. They cost passengers $9,609 per person per week.
These suites also have two levels but are smaller than the Royal Loft, measuring 722 and 770 square feet.
The dining room of each Sky Loft seats four people. The balcony, while not a wraparound, looks over the back of the boat toward the Boardwalk, one of the ship's seven neighborhoods.
Oasis of the Seas: Luxury Ocean Liner, at a Price
Guests who stay in a grand suite or above have access to the Concierge Club, which offers such services as predinner cocktail receptions and continental breakfasts, and handles passengers' special requests.
But let's face it, not everyone can spend $9,000 or $16,000 on a cruise. The ship has interior staterooms for $1,649 per person per week, or a Superior Ocean View stateroom with a balcony for $1,799.
Economic Downturn and Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean began designing the ship in 2003. It now sets sail in tough economic times.
"We didn't anticipate that she would be born into an economic downturn," Goldstein said. "[But] we expect [our ships] to perform well through the economic cycles."
The maiden voyage, which begins Dec. 1, still has availability, but Goldstein said he expects to have more bookings over the next couple of weeks.