Within most categories, you will find similar sizes and amenities in most cabins, but in a wide variety of shapes and layouts. One thing that is important to note is that there are very few cabins that have convertible beds; most cabins have two fixed single beds, bringing to mind the sleeping arrangements of 1950's American sitcoms. Very few cabins have fixed king or queen beds.
All cabins have hair dryers, electronic safes, individual thermostats, direct-dial phones, waffle-type bathrobes and televisions offering nine channels of programming: CNN International, BBC World, a channel featuring various classic British programming, three movie channels with a mix of recent and older films, a channel dedicated to the highlights of the Cruise DVD, a ship information channel (this features shore excursion lectures, the cruise director's morning show, etc.) and a "view from the bridge" channel.
Junior and Deluxe suites add marble bathrooms with tub/shower combination, refrigerators and sitting areas as well as walk-in closets. In the remainder of cabins, the bathrooms are fairly standard, small modular types with a small shower stall and shower curtain (not a solid door). The modular bathrooms have a real tile floor and quiet-flush non-vacuum toilets. (This plumbing system -- a nice change from the noisy, unreliable vacuum systems on newer ships -- is another legacy of the ship's pre-1970's origins.) The bathrooms do look slightly dated -- you may find a scuffed sink or a bit of stained grout in your cabin bathroom -- but this is typical on a ship more than three years old or so.
Most cabins are average-sized to small, though generally speaking Standard Plus Twin outsides and Premium Twin insides are larger than the rest. Most of the Standard Plus Twin and below outside cabins have portholes, while the higher grade outside cabins have windows that may vary in size from slightly larger than a porthole to almost floor-to-ceiling, and may or may not have obstructed views. (Among the higher-grade cabins and suites, only Deluxe Suites do not have obstructed views -- and there are only two of those.)
Color schemes include blue, green and red depending on deck (cabin passageway carpet is also color-keyed to the cabin decor), and cabins feature nice honey-colored wood furnishings and multiple mirrors (for example, all wardrobes have wood-framed mirrored doors). In non-suite cabins you may find storage space, particularly drawers, a bit limited for some of the ship's longer voyages -- but this does vary from cabin to cabin.
February 2014 MegB
Having booked the lowest grade "pot luck" cabin we were delighted to find that we were upgraded to a larger one. It was fine for our needs; we didn't reckon on spending long in the cabin so an inner one was fine for us. It needed some repairs to the shower door (caused...continue
February 2014 Corbiehill
Plenty of drawer and wardrobe space. Worth paying the little extra from category 6 to 7....continue
February 2014 blue hurworth
Perfectly adequate twin cabin for six week cruise. Three door wardrobe and three sets of four draw chests (one inside the wardbrobe with the safe on it). We took four bags, unpacked two when we arrived on board, the others went under the beds. As the cruise went on we...continue
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