We bought a guaranteed Veranda stateroom and got what we paid for. The stateroom itself was fine. The balcony was extra large compared to others HOWEVER, since we were low down in the front of the ship, the veranda was behind the hull. In other words, if you were sitting in your stateroom and looked out, half of your view would be a huge steel wall rather than the plexiglass you would find in other staterooms. Be warned.
The other HUGE problem was that by being low and in the front, we would have a mini earthquake every morning when the ship docked, usually around six AM. The glasses would rattle and the room would shake when the boat used its bow thrusters.Every morning it would wake us up. To HAL's credit they were able to move us for the second week of our trip up to the 10th level. Moving was a snap as we only had to pack our loose stuff. They took care of the rest. We were able to get into our new room by 9 am so we didn't lose much time in port. kudos to the staff. Read entire member review >>
THE GOOD: Plenty of storage and closet space, comfy bed, nice balcony with a tiny table, two chairs and two footstools. Nice flat screen TV.
THE BAD: Darkly tinted vanity mirror made it impossible to do hair and make-up. Who made this terrible decision?! Read entire member review >>
Cabin was spacious enough for 2 people. Very comfortable bed. Ice bucket was filled several times a day. Mini fridge kept stocked. Lots of closet space. Safe in closet worked good. Loved the bath tub in the bath room! Towels were changed daily even though we didn't ask for them. Clean, pleasant cabin. Comfortable chairs on the balcony. Plenty of room to move around. Read entire member review >>
Good adequate balcony, tiny cramped uncomfortable cabin with an ugly hard as rock pullout couch. No room to manoeuver in at all. All the fittings creaked whenever the ship sailed as the ship is also badly stabilized. Read entire member review >>
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