We had a cheap upsell to a Neptune Suite, which was nice. Everything was simply bigger--the bed, the open space, the dressing area, the balcony--than in the Vista Suite we had on our other HAL cruise. Amenities included an espresso/coffee maker, free laundry and dry cleaning, and access to the Neptune Lounge with its snacks all day. The balcony had a table, four chairs, two loungers, and a low small cocktail table between the loungers. It was about twice the size of the balcony in the Vista Suite we had on the last cruise. That said, on the last cruise we had the cabin attendant replace one of the balcony chairs with a lounger, and we had plenty of room out there.
The TV in our cabin had a headset jack, which we used for our wireless headphones. This was the first ship we have been on that has one.
Our bathroom had a shower only, no tub. Given how high you need to step to get in and out of the bathtubs on these ships, we really liked having the shower instead. It was the same size as the bathtub that usually goes there, but had only 4" step to get into it. Of course, showering in rough seas is more hazardous than lying in a bathtub, but the trade-off was worth it.
The cabin is located very near the stern, so there was probably more pitching (up and down motion) than one more amidships. Occasionally there was a racket overhead from chairs being relocated near the rail by the Sea View pool on the Lido deck, but that was brief and never outside of normal busy hours. Being near the stern made it a short trip to both the Lido buffet, the main dining room, and the Exploration Cafe.
In all, it was a great cabin, but I wouldn't pay a big premium for a Neptune Suite cabin over a Vista Suite. Read entire member review >>
Very nice deck---quite large. We faced the city in Juneau but not in Sitka or Ketchikan. Lots of storage in the suite but bathroom as a little dated. Room staff were great and we loved having free laundry Read entire member review >>
The Neptune Suite on this older ship (2000) had an enormous balcony compared to Westerdam and Zuiderdam, I would guess about 250sf (picture below). The suite itself was quite nice with a King bed, leather sofa bed, two chairs and a coffee table. Lots of storage in the dry bar area and a coat closet next to the entrance door. The dressing area had a nice desk like make up area with a small sink and running water and 3 double mirrored folding door closets. Two for clothes and one designated by us a dirty clothes. The bathroom had a single sink, commode and whirlpool tub with hand held or fixed shower head. This differs from newer ship's Neptune Suites in that they have a double sink and separate shower from the tub, but plenty big enough for both of us. Our Stateroom attendants stopped by to introduce and make sure we were settling in, both were very personable and took care of all our stateroom request during the next seven days. We are easy, we need two ice buckets twice a day and oranges and bananas instead of pears and apples. They fulfilled all that and kept the suite in good order for the week. In spite of several bad reviews about deck noise we save some $$ by going for a guaranteed category and ended up in a NS below the Lido buffet where we did not get bothered by any chair moving or people stomping noise during the cruise. I would not suggest that you book a Neptune Suite under the Lido Pool or Aft Pool as they definitely have deck noise during clean up in the mornings and people walking and jumping during the early evenings. There were signs in both those areas of the Lido deck asking folks not to drag deck chairs and table across the deck. We could hear the music from the Lido deck during the early evening from our balcony..but it was not disturbing. Read entire member review >>
Love the Deluxe Verandah Suite! Our room was always clean, our stewards were wonderful and did a great turn down for us every night. This room could easily accommodate 4 people. This time we had 3 and managed really well. Having access to the Neptune Lounge was the best! We were towards the back of the ship. The worked out great as we went right out the "back door" down the hall and up an outdoor flight of stairs and we were at the aft pool! Nice comfy bed, great sheets and pillows. Bar was stocked with soft drinks, wine, beer, and extra wine and champagne glasses. Luggage stored very easily under the bed and lots of closet space in the changing area just outside the bathroom. Read entire member review >>
Spacious cabin with a huge veranda. Tons of drawers and closets. Huge bathroom and shower with separate dressing room. Across the hall from the steward's storage area, but still quiet. Read entire member review >>
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