By Gilly Pickup
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Although capable of carrying 1,400 passengers across 726 cabins, CMV keeps the number to around 1,250 passengers. There are two designated single cabins (5005 and 5006) with one lower bed and an upper berth, but a further 150 superior twin inner and ocean-view cabins are allocated for sole occupancy at a 25 percent supplement.

Fifteen grades of accommodation -- ranging from a Category 1 standard twin inside cabin up to a Category RS Royal Suite -- are all ranked according to size, deck and position. Some have obstructed views and, as with many older ships, the only balconies available are in the 14 suites (which comprise six Royal Suites, four Deluxe Suites and four Junior Suites).

Cabins are well laid-out, many have beds in an L-shaped configuration so passengers have the option of using them as twin beds or pushed together as a double bed. Some cabins have Pullman beds to accommodate third and fourth passengers. All have light and contemporary furnishings, maroon-and-white patterned carpets and one modern art print adorning the walls. Both beds have a bedside table and a wall light. Storage space is ample, a combination of hanging spaces and drawers. Windows are dressed with cream Austrian blinds. All cabins are ventilated with individually controlled -- and rather fierce -- air conditioning. They do not have thermostats so passengers can only control the amount of air being blown into the cabin vent, but not the temperature.

Basic amenities in all cabins include safes, hair dryers -- not wall-mounted -- direct-dial phones and televisions. 'Stilform' mattresses are in use throughout the ship. There is a nightly turndown service -- but no chocolates on the pillow except in the suites. There are 23 TV channels including BBC News, Film 4, The Chart Show and CBS Drama. The electric current on board is 110/220V AC.

Bathrooms are basic as are the unbranded toiletries provided.  These comprise wall-mounted shower gel and shampoo and two small bars of soap, all are regularly replenished. Limited storage space is made up of a glass shelf below the mirror and a small space surrounding the washbasin. The shower -- not a fixed head type so no need to get your hair wet unless you want to -- is powerful and the shower cubicle is roomy. Although there is a dreaded plastic shower curtain, there is enough space to ensure it never gets close enough to wind itself round your legs. Lighting consists of two spotlights above the washbasin.

Accessible cabins on Deck 11 (1102); Deck 6 (6153 and 6208) and Deck 5 (5195, 5137 and 5188) have a shower and chair with space to allow wheelchairs to go inside the bathroom. Cabin doors are 84 cm wide and the entry to the bathroom is 82 cm.

Other accessible cabins on Deck 6 (6075, 6081, 6085, 6084, 6088) and Deck 5 (5098, 5096, 5090, 5086, 5099, 5097, 5095, 5093, 5091, 5089) have 80-cm-wide cabin doors, 58-cm-wide bathroom doors and a 20-cm-high bathroom step. There is not enough space for wheelchairs to go inside these bathrooms.

Inside cabins range from 135 to 163 square feet.

Outside cabins with windows are from 144 to 171 square feet. Outside cabins with portholes range from 117 to 190 square feet.

Pleasant cabin stewards work efficiently and quickly.

Moving up a notch, the generously proportioned four Junior Suites located on Navigator Deck are approximately 280 square feet and comprise an attractively furnished sitting area with sofa bed and balcony. They are air-conditioned and offer private ensuite facilities with Jacuzzi bath and shower, an enhanced selection of bathroom amenities, a mini-bar, mirrored dressing table, walk-in wardrobe and ample storage space. They have fixed queen-size beds and are equipped with two flat-screen televisions and a DVD player. Bathrobes and slippers are available to suite passengers. Suites also have tea- and coffee-making facilities, fresh fruit replenished daily and a bottle of wine and water on arrival. The suites also benefit from complimentary cabin breakfast service and passengers will find a world atlas, a golfing umbrella and complimentary tote bag in their cabin.

The four DeLuxe Suites and six Royal Suites are approximately 295 square feet. Both have spacious balconies but the DeLuxe Suites have partially obstructed views. On arrival, passengers can expect Champagne instead of wine, fresh flowers and nightly pre-dinner hors d'ouevres delivered to the cabin. They can also expect priority embarkation and tendering and a daily or Sunday newspaper, when available. Extra benefits include complimentary laundry service throughout the cruise, free DVD hire, a bookshelf of novels to read onboard and confirmed dining and restaurant seating requests as well as confirmed shore excursion reservations.

One Royal suite is an accessible suite with shower and no Jacuzzi bath.

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