Cruise Critic’s managing editor John Deiner is blogging up a storm from Oceania’s new ship, Marina, which launched last Saturday. One of his posts, in which he praises the generous size of Marina’s bathrooms (the Owner’s Suite is pictured), has caused a lively debate on Cruise Critic’s Facebook page.
Here’s the issue. What’s more important to you – a lavish bathroom complete with bath and room for two to move around? Or more space in the cabin and on the balcony?
Both, ideally, is the obvious answer. But given a choice of one or the other, our Facebook followers seem to be coming up with their own solution: a decent-sized bathroom, yes, but a fabulous shower instead of a bath would be fine.
Timothy Douglass comments: “A larger/longer balcony or room space would be much better. We usually always get a suite but rarely use the hyped up Jacuzzi tub. Give us a decent shower and room enough for two people to enter the bathroom at the same time and we are good to go.” Elizabeth Logan Gwin adds: “I would rather have a walk-in shower and room in the cabin.” While Pat Maguire Wolferman contributes, somewhat racily, “No need for a bath tub, just make the shower a lil bigger for those of us who need more space or for those couples who like to shower together.”
Mickey Morgan, however, may have missed the point: “Who wants a tub on a ship? Really, is anyone planning on hanging out in that tiny thing? That’s what the jacuzzi tubs on deck are for.” Er, Mickey, I rather hope you’re not having a good scrub-down in the hot tub.
When it comes down to it, though, does the quality of the bathroom really affect your choice of ship?
I personally love a good bathroom; the best one I’ve come across at sea was on Seabourn Sojourn last year, all gorgeous marble with a giant, glass-enclosed shower, bathtub, two sinks and a whole cupboard full of Molton Brown. But the bathrooms on SeaDream Yacht Club are tiny and in no way would that put me off going as the rest of the experience is so good.
So the bathroom is probably not a deal-breaker — but we probably all have a basic wish list. Here’s mine, for starters:
- No plastic shower curtains
- No paint-stripping, unbranded shampoo and soap
- A serious power shower
- Big bath towels
I could start fantasising about marble instead of plastic, bathrobes, proper lighting, decent storage and fog-free mirrors but perhaps that’s being greedy.
What’s on your list?