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Brabant Cabins

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Sue Bryant
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Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins
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There are four cabin grades spread over three decks. The standard rooms on Haydn Deck, the Juliette balcony rooms on Strauss deck and more expensive Juliette Balcony rooms on the higher Mozart deck all measure 161 square feet, while the two Juliette Balcony Suites on Mozart Deck are 236 square feet.

Suites aside, all cabins have the same amenities. A TV mounted in the corner shows BBC, Sky and other English-speaking channels. There are plenty of power points with 220v European sockets. A hair dryer is provided, and a safe. Water is replaced daily, with one half-litre bottle per person; beyond that, it's sold in the shop. Kettles are being installed for tea and coffee-making, as a result of feedback from passengers in the maiden season.

Beds can be configured as a double or twins and there's reasonable storage space: a vanity with three drawers, a small cupboard with safe and two bedside shelves, as well as three shelves in the wardrobe. There's a small table and two chairs, too. Hanging rail space is fine for two for a week but only 10 hangers were provided. We asked for more and a whole pack arrived, as well as an extra duvet when my travelling companion and I had differing views on the right temperature for the air conditioning. Colour scheme is a little dated but inoffensive -- red and navy, with cream carpets, dark wood furnishings, contemporary art prints on the walls and burgundy and blue curtains. Towel animals are created by the cabin stewards to add a touch of whimsy.

Bathrooms are reasonably spacious (by river cruise standards) with a power shower, with shower curtain, although mercifully, not a clingy one as the shower's quite roomy, and Rituals shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and moisturiser. Only the two suites have a bathtub.

Standard Cabins: Eleven of these are located on Haydn Deck (1) and have high-up porthole style windows, which don't open.

Juliette Balcony Cabins: These are located on Mozart Deck (3) and Strauss Deck (2) and feel light and bright, thanks to a whole wall of glass that slides back halfway to create a French balcony. The only difference between the two grades is the deck they're on; Mozart Deck accommodation is more expensive.

Juliette Balcony Suites: There are just two of these, 301 and 303, at 236 square feet, which allows for a generous seating area, bathroom with bathtub and extras like bathrobes and a mini-bar; there's a charge for the latter. The suites have the same sliding door arrangement as the balcony cabins but there's an additional floor-to-ceiling window, too, so they're flooded with light.

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