Our outside cabin was F305 which was at the front of the ship, starboard side, on the same deck as the reception and the ground floor of the Atrium. We loved this location of the ship as we didn't have to worry about catching lifts at the ports. We were always on the same deck as the gangway apart from Le Havre where the gangway was on deck 7 due to low tide. Our stateroom was virtually opposite the laundrette but we could not hear any noise from the launderette at all in our cabin so I was astonished when I walked in to find both machines and dryers going.
It was the smallest cabin we have ever stayed in (159 sq ft) with two bunks for the children for the first time rather than a sofa bed, but it had a lovely big window. I ordered the safety barriers for the bunks on the internet as they are not installed automatically. We put both the ladders at the bottom of the bunks to ensure a clear walkway and view of the window, rather than having one between the twin beds which was the layout when we arrived. Despite the size of the cabin, there was a remarkable amount of storage space which was much greater than what we have had in a balcony cabin on other cruise lines both for both hanging and drawer space, and the cabin seemed surprisingly spacious. The bathroom had a good sized shower and sufficient shelf space. Shower gel/shampoo was provided as well as a welcome pack of conditioner and moisturising lotion. Towels for the pool were located below the sink. He also turned our beds down at night and laid chocolates on the pillows.
There is only one UK plug in the cabin, so I advise bringing a four bar extension in order to recharge cameras and phones. In the cabin there is a hairdryer which is very powerful and has two settings, a fridge which is empty apart from an ice bucket and a complementary bottle of water per passenger and a kettle. The kettle runs on a US socket next to the only UK socket which is something to bear in mind as this means water may be near electrical appliances. Tea, coffee and biscuits (which are delicious) are provided in your cabin and replenished daily by the steward. We brought some soft drinks and a bottle of wine onboard and it was nice not to have to get the steward to empty our fridge first before we could use it. A drinks list was provided in the cabin and a bottle of spirit was the same price that you would find in a supermarket, although the mixers were more expensive.
The safe which was located on a shelf in the wardrobe, was standard size and operated with any code of your choice. Unlike some modern cabins and hotel rooms there was no automatic shut down of electricity as you left the cabin as you did not need your cabin key to operate the lights and air conditioning. Although the air conditioning only went down to 18 degrees rather than 16 degrees (too cold anyway in my opinion) it was very efficient and extremely quiet which made a pleasant change. One big negative and a first for us was that the cabins did not have Wi-Fi capabilities. We had hoped that we might be able to get Wi-Fi as we were close to the Atrium but the signal was too weak to work. However the fact we were so close to the Explorers internet cafe in the Atrium was a real bonus as we were posting a LIVE FROM thread on cruise critic with photographs and video.