By Adam Coulter
Cruise Critic UK Managing Editor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

More than 600 of the 975 cabins have outside views, and 450 of those 600 have balconies, which score highly for privacy with solid partitions each side and above. As a result, they are rarely suntraps, but they're ideal for a shady drink or breakfast, and they're perfect on windy days.

There are seven price grades of inside cabins, and 11 of outside, but there are only small differences in size between most of them. The major differences are between those outsides with portholes, picture windows or sliding patio-style windowed doors and balconies.

All inside and outside cabins have shower-only bathrooms with generous-sized small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and lotion from The White Company. Twin beds mostly convert into doubles, and amenities include a TV (BBC World News, ITV Choice, Sky Sports, Sky News and several ship-sponsored channels like a bridge cam, navigational stats, ship safety, shopping and shore excursions -- but oddly no way for passengers to view their onboard accounts), fridge, safe, telephone, hair dryer and kettle. There is ample storage space, but hanging space is limited, as the ship was originally designed for one-week rather than two-week cruises.

In the 2017 refit, all cabins received new carpeting and lampshades, and suites were outfitted with new curtains, sheers, bed runners, cushions, valances, headboards and lamps. Despite those efforts, the cabins are beginning to show their age, particularly on the balconies, which could do with a good lick of paint, and the cabin storage fixtures, which look a bit scuffed and scratched. A colour scheme of blues, tans and greys -- added during the 2017 refit -- makes the rooms feel modern and updated.

There are no interconnecting or dedicated family cabins onboard, but several cabins in each category can sleep up to four people via pull-down bunks.

Interior: These cabins are approximately 137 to 181 square feet. Despite the size, the light, bright colours and large mirror on the wall give a feeling of space and light. There are two bedside lights fixed to the wall and a single standalone bedside lamp on a double-size chest of drawers between the beds.

Ocean-view: Roughly 137 to 181 square feet, ocean-view cabins are the same as interiors, with the addition of either a porthole window or picture window. A number also have Pullman beds, allowing four people to sleep in the cabin, which would be a bit of a squeeze. Outside cabins also come with a writing desk.

Balcony: Balcony cabins, coming in at about 178 square feet, have the same design as ocean-view cabins, except with the bed(s) against the side wall and a floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door. Given that Oceana is a relatively old ship, balcony size is generous (compared to new-builds), and there is enough space for reclining chairs and a table.

Mini-suite: There are three grades of mini-suites, which are not huge (382 square feet, including balcony), but the space has been used very effectively with a curtain division between the bedroom area and the hall/living area. Equally clever, the toilet facilities are separated from the bathroom area so that the loo can be used while someone else uses the whirlpool bath and separate shower stall. There are two TVs (one with a DVD player), a walk in wardrobe, floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors leading to a balcony with a table and reclining chairs. Extra touches include mineral water on arrival, bath robes and slippers, a magazine and newspaper selection, a fruit basket, flowers, Champagne, chocolates and daily canapes.

Deluxe suite: The six deluxe suites (638 square feet, including balcony) are all on the stern, with views from the balconies overlooking the ship's wake. As well as all the mini-suite amenities, deluxe suites also have separate dining areas, fixed king-size beds and butler service.

Disabled: There are 19 adapted cabins for less-able passengers, across all categories. They are broken down as follows: one suite; two outsides; four obstructed outsides and 12 Insides.

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F Deck
E Deck
Promenade Deck
D Deck
C Deck
B Deck
A Deck
Lido Deck
Sun Deck
Sky Deck

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