What is a Pullman Bed on Royal Caribbean? Your Guide to Understanding this Cozy Cruise Cabin Arrangement

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If you’re planning to travel with a larger group or family on a Royal Caribbean cruise, you may find yourself offered a cabin with a “Pullman bed”. So what is a Pullman bed on Royal Caribbean?

What is a Pullman Bed on a Cruise Ship?

A Pullman Bed is a type of convertible bed that is designed to save space in a cabin or stateroom. The beds are attached to the wall or ceiling and can be folded away during the day to create more space in your cabin. It’s a common feature on many cruise ships, including those in the Royal Caribbean fleet where they use Pullman beds to save space. 

The Pullman bed is a bed design that originated in the train industry. The beds were used in the sleeper cars of trains and was created by inventor George M. Pullman.  as part of the design of the Pullman sleeper car which began appearing in trains in the late 1850s.  They are now used widely by the cruise industry.

Modern cruise Pullman beds vary in size but are generally much bigger than the cramped design originally used in trains.

Most Pullman beds on cruise ships are mounted on the wall or hidden in the ceiling. It is a bed that pulls out from the wall or ceiling for use at night and pushed back up during the day to provide more floor space. Think of them as being similar to a top bunk bed, but it pulls down from the ceiling. instead of being supported by the bunk bed below it. They are the size of a single bed.

It’s a great option for families with children and smaller adults or groups traveling together, as it allows for more people to sleep in the same cruise ship cabin without sacrificing space. 

Pullman Beds are generally used to accommodate a third or fourth person in a cabin when traveling on a budget, as they are smaller than the two single beds typically found in standard cabins. 

What is the weight limit and height limit of a Pullman Bed on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line?

If you are planning to use a Pullman Bed, it’s important to note that there is a weight limit for safety reasons. The Pullman bed on Royal Caribbean’s ships has a weight limit of 300 pounds, and guests who exceed this weight limit should think twice before using one. You do not want to come crashing down on your fellow guests sleeping below in the middle of the night!

To further ensure your family sleeping below get a good night’s rest, the beds have guard rails that are installed to prevent you from rolling out of bed during the night.  You can also request an additional guard rail if you think your kid (or restless adult) needs it.

Additionally, they are not recommended if you are over 6 feet 6 inches tall or have mobility issues. Also be aware that taller people might hit their heads on the ceiling due to the limited headroom.

Cruise lines don’t allow children under the age of 6 years old to use them either.

Personally, I find the Pullman beds are generally best for smaller adults. But they are perfect for children and teenagers.

Types of Cabins with Pullman Beds

What is a pullman bed on Royal Caribbean - Interior Stateroom example
An interior cabin with two single beds and two Pullman beds

Pullman beds are available in several types of cabins on Royal Caribbean, including interior, oceanview, and balcony cabins. They are also available in suites, but these cabins often have other sleeping arrangements, such as a sofa bed or a separate bedroom.

Here are some of the types of cabins on Royal Caribbean that offer Pullman beds:

  • Interior Cabins with Pullman Beds: These cabins are the smallest and most affordable on the ship. They are perfect for those who plan to spend most of their time exploring the ship and participating in activities. Interior cabins with Pullman beds will have either one or two Pullman beds to accommodate three or four guests.
  • Oceanview Cabins with Pullman Beds: These cabins offer a view of the ocean through a window or porthole. They are often slightly larger than interior cabins and can accommodate up to four guests.
  • Balcony Cabins with Pullman Beds: These cabins have a private balcony with a table and chairs. They are larger than interior and oceanview cabins and can accommodate up to four guests.
  • Suites with Pullman Beds: These cabins are the largest and most luxurious on the ship. They often have a separate bedroom, a living area with a sofa bed, and a balcony. Suites with Pullman beds can accommodate up to six guests.

When booking a cabin with a Pullman bed, keep in mind that the bed will take up some overhead space, so it may not be suitable for very tall guests. However, if you are looking for extra sleeping space and don’t mind sleeping in a cozy space, a cabin with a Pullman bed may be the perfect choice for you.

How to Access Pullman Beds

If you’re staying in a cabin with a Pullman bed on a Royal Caribbean cruise, you may be wondering how to access it. I mean how high can you jump LOL. 

Don’t worry – they give you a small ladder, which the kids love!

The ladder is typically stored under the bed or in a closet. It may be attached to the bed frame or stored separately.  Just make sure that when using the ladder it is properly clicked into place before using it. Generally the cabin steward will take care of this for you.

Your stateroom attendant will store the Pullmans away in the ceiling or wall for you during the day and have the pull-down beds ready for you at night.

Choosing a Cabin with a Pullman Bed

In terms of amenities, cabins with Pullman beds typically offer the same features as other cabins. Be sure to check the specific details of your cabin before booking to ensure it meets your needs.

It’s important to note that not all cabins or staterooms have Pullman beds, so be sure to check the deck plan or speak with a Royal Caribbean representative when booking your cruise

Conclusion – Do you want to sleep on a Pullman bed?

Now that you know what a Pullman bed is on Royal Caribbean cruise ships, you can make an informed decision when choosing your cabin or stateroom. Pullman beds are a great option for families with children or groups of friends who want to maximize their budget and still sleep relatively comfortably.

Overall, Pullman beds can be a convenient and practical option for maximizing space in your cabin or stateroom on a Royal Caribbean cruise.  But it’s important to remember that a small cabin is still a small cabin. If the cabin feels small with two people, it will feel even smaller with four!

However, the final decision can come down to budget. One cabin will definitely cost less than two!

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Alan took his first cruise in 1991 and has been cruising ever since. When he is not writing articles for CruiseNonstop.com you'll find him either on a cruise ship (he's the guy in the kilt), or on the golf course!

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