My best friend and I went on this cruise, and I don't need to elaborate on the amount of "stuff" two women can manage to fit into their suitcases and ultimately try to fit into the cabin. Although we each brought enough clothes for a 14-day cruise, everything fit in the available closet, drawers and shelves, with some room to spare. By utilizing tips I've read on the Cruise Critic, we were able to maximize the small cabin/bathroom space. Three must-haves would be:
1) Over-the door shoe rack (for the bathroom) to keep all the toiletries, etc. (remember, 2 women have A LOT of toiletries!);
2) Magnets and Command hooks came in very handy to hang stuff (Freestyle Daily, flyers and invitations for upcoming events, the 7 hats we brought, the sweaters we thought we might need, and our ID lanyards to name a few);
3) Power strip/outlet - we were able to recharge our phones and cameras, and plug in the curling irons and straightening irons all at once! Read entire member review >>
This balcony cabin was small! It was smaller than any other bacony I've ever had. There wasn't much room for two people to move around and the bathropom was tiny compared to otehr cruise lines I've traveled on. The TV was smallish and the couch/sofabed was uncomfortable. The carpet was well worn and there wasn't muich storage space for clothes or i ncidentals. If there had been 3 of us in that cabin it would have been a disaster. The ONLY bright spot of the cabin was the heavy duty storm sliding door. Oh, the TV stations left a lot to be desired. Sure we don't cruise to watch TV but when you are getting ready to go out or to bed and you want towatch some TV it would have been nice to have decent programming. Read entire member review >>
Balcony cabin is the way to cruise - just enough space, accommodations in the room were sufficient and very nice! Bathroom could be a bit bigger but usable. Beds were soft and Clean and I slept like a baby each night. Read entire member review >>
Cabins are very small...no space wasted on this ship. Good luck wiping your butt if your a larger person. I am only 5'8" and smacked my head on the wall a few times ....and had to shimmy out of the toilet area to pull up my pants.
On a positive...my room attendant was very good. I tipped him above the pre paid gratuity. Read entire member review >>
Loved having a balcony. The steward kept it stocked, cleaned, and turned down in a timely manner. Make sure to bring a power strip, as there are only 2 plugs. Not enough to charge cameras, phones, etc. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was small, as expected, and it seemed cramped, especially around the bathroom/closet area. For such a small cabin, it did have a surprising amount of storage though. We had no problems unpacking all of our necessities, and our luggage easily fit under the bed. This cabin has an enclosed balcony - it wasn't completely open to the outside like most are. It actually turned out to be nice on the days it was cool and rainy because we could enjoy our balcony longer. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was a balcony cabin on deck 10. Room seemed smaller than average but was very adequate. The balcony was partly protected by the hull of the ship which made it nice during the very windy and chilly days at sea. The balcony is much larger than on the mega ships.The bathroom is divided into 3 spaces so really only 1 person fits at a time. My husband got ready in the spa showers while I got ready for dinner in the cabin. Room steward was very attentive. He responded quickly to any request and we have very few. He always remembered those things the entire week. Our cabin was spotless although the carpet was worn out and needs to be replaced. We got a towel animal every night. No complaints here. Great service. Read entire member review >>
Slightly worn, but most importantly clean. We placed the desk chair in the closet to give more space. Plenty of room for two, but three would be a crowd! Love the shower, bathroom space saving setup, but could be tight space for some. Loved coming home at night to the towel animals! Read entire member review >>
Nice functional cabin. The desk chair was taking up valuable space, so we put it out on the balcony. Should have put the small stool out also, but it fit under the T.V. desk well enough. Moved the glasses and coffee pot as we did not need them. Only problem was when we put our suitcases under the bed, they got moved into the center when attendant vacuumed - which made them hard to retrieve. Be sure to put them end in - so they stay a bit closer. Read entire member review >>
Well designed. After years of building ships I think they have it right. Enjoy having a couch to watch TV or watch the sunsets. We had a balcony, rather nice since we often grab an inside room at a bargain rate. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was way too small for 3 people. It would have worked with a little more storage space. Balcony was on the small side as well. We made do but when you have had larger rooms for less it is frustrating. Our location was excellent ! Bed was great after steward added a pad. Loved the balcony window. Read entire member review >>
Overall fair. We had to struggle to close the shower door, the tv remote didn't work unless you got about three feet from the tv. Mini fridge was not restocked at all for the entire cruise, which was probably a good thing because I didn't have to pay for more than 2 of those $2.50 Diet Pepsi. Dresser drawers had bits of crumbs or something from previous cruisers. Read entire member review >>
I have been a bit spoiled by mini-suites, but this cabin was just fine for two people. There was a small sitting area where we could get organized, a decent closet with shelves to one side, and a fairly spacious bathroom. I was quite impressed by the size of the shower stall, which was as large as ones I've had in much larger sites. We had brand new fluffy towels most days, towel animals every day, and comfy duvet style linens. The carpet was faded, but other than that, our cabin was in good shape. The shampoo and shower gel were okay, but if you are fussy about your hair, take your own shampoo and conditioner. Oh, and a first for us - the toilet system never broke down on our deck!
One thing I would keep in mind next time I travel with my mom is to get a cabin closer to the elevator. When cleaning carts,etc. were in the hallway, it was almost impossible to push through without hitting something. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was what we expected. It was small, but well appointed and we had a balcony so that helped immensely. The rooms looked to be what every other cruise line showed so I don't think there was any difference there. For us, having the balcony was important, so if that is within your budget it is worth the additional cost. Read entire member review >>
Cabin looked and smelled clean, but looks dated and needs updating. The king size bed was the highlight of the cabin, and was extremely comfortable! The carpet in the cabin looks old and worn and needs replacing, ditto for the sofa sleeper. The flooring on the balcony needs replacing, and the balcony chairs are not very comfortable. On the good side, the cabin offered ample locker and storage space, and there was plenty of room to walk around easily in the cabin. The bathroom, what can you say, it is your typical small stand up shower, toilet head and wash basin ; not much room for moving about. Read entire member review >>
Loved our balcony stateroom. It was a port side aft balcony just off the elevators so it was easy on my bad knee. We had plenty of room for the two of us and storage for our luggage. Our cabin steward was fantastic and took great care of us during the week. This was the best week of sleep I have had in months. Read entire member review >>
Our room was great!! It had plenty of room to store things. We used under the bed even to hide suitcases. The room was clean and very comfortable. The bed was very comfortable ... along with the slight swaying of the ship, I slept like a baby!!! Our little balcony was well used and the steward that took care of us was AMAZING!! Ariston was amazing to us and to my kids!! Read entire member review >>
We were in cabin 9086 out of Houston Port. We were not in our cabin often, but it's apparently a shared room, which are the worst - you can hear everything. We had a child of 8 years or so screaming at his mom and dad about how you can't eat yogurt with a fork and he started throwing a fit while we were napping to have a late night. Pretty irritating... so, avoid shared rooms if you can. That shared door really makes a difference in sound levels. Read entire member review >>
I've read through other reviews trying to find out this info so I will change up the format & go right to it. First, yes there is a coffee pot in the balcony rooms which I love. No need to have room service at a particular time or to get dressed & go up to the buffet just for coffee which we have done many times. Loved having our coffee on the balcony.2.Space in a balcony room & mini suites is very limited & there is always a lot of paper from the daily schedules, shore excursion info & other cluttering up the dresser & desk. The walls in the room are metal (they don't look like it so I had my doubts but happy when they stuck) so with clip magnets you can put all the papers you have lying around & hang them up. I took 2. Works great.3. None of the rooms have clocks & this bugs me, so I take my own. I set it on the counter so day or night I know what time it is. Make sure it's illuminated.4. Also a splitter is helpful since there's only 2 plugs in the room. Then you don't have to unplug the clock to use the hairdryer. Read entire member review >>
We were mid. The room size was fine. I am 6'3" and 240 lbs and had no difficulty. Storage very good. Bed great and pillows too. Only area not up to par was the furnishings and carpet very worn. Sofa, also a sofa/couch was hard as a rock. Our steward was great. Decor seems a little 70's in design but ok. Life boats out of sight. Read entire member review >>
Our room was well spaced with a large closet, plenty of shelves and drawers and space under the bed for our suitcases. We have stayed in a Balcony Room before and we did so again. It is really nice to be able to open the door and let in some fresh air when things get stuffy. Orlando, our Steward, went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of. Read entire member review >>
A lovely larger cabin with ample storage and drawer space. The shower was kind of small by handicapped standards. Bathroom flooded as is the norm for handicapped cabins. The balcony has a ramp but the ramp is so big it takes up all the spare room in the cabin. As with all handicapped cabins please only book this cabin if you are disabled. Read entire member review >>
10012- were worried about wave motion being so far forward, but no problems. Room was clean and well cared for, no visible signs of wear. Storage was well designed and accommodated all our stuff well. Closet was of a good size, and had lots of hangers, which was appreciated. Bed was large and comfortable (king size, I think, definitely larger than queen.) Personally, I would have preferred a smaller bed, it would have given us more cabin space, but that's just my personal preference. Shower was bigger than most cruise ships, with sliding door, and a retractable clothesline (which we used). 2 outlets in main cabin, 3rd outlet above mirror in bathroom (said "for razor only"). Individually switchable reading lights on each side of bed (nice!), as well as other good lighting throughout cabin. Balcony was nice, 2 chairs, with room for 2 more if desired (took chair and stool out of room when viewing glaciers for more seating). Nice! Read entire member review >>
Spacious and thoughtfully well laid out beyond expectations. Though close to the elevators, noise was never a problem. Ease of wheelchair access onto the balcony was fairly easy. Read entire member review >>
My Cabin was 10044 great location. large bathroom and room. Very clean. The view from the balcony was fantastic... The seals were on our side when we got to Sawyers Glaciers... there also were whales sightings on my side of the ship. It was chilly at night so too cold to sit out but lots of room if we did. Read entire member review >>
Stateroom 10132 - decent size room with balcony that is perfect for two people. Lots of closet and drawer space. Small desk/work area was nice for our laptop. Sofa for 2, not very comfortable, but who spends any time there anyway...? Read entire member review >>
Tiny stateroom. You could not walk around the end of the beds without bumping the walls and feet of anyone sleeping. Balcony door whistled and when we complained we were told "if you closed it properly I would not do that." Finally when we persisted, the maintenance person discovered a bent lock that was preventing the door from closing properly. Only 2 outlets in the entire stateroom. Nice refrigerator but it was filled with "mini-bar" products. No coffee maker. Excellent bathroom - best I've ever seen on a cruise ship. Read entire member review >>
The cabin had some pluses and some minuses. The shower was a definite plus but that was offset by no leg room on the toilet (I usually went to a public restroom). The "couch" was so hard you couldn't sit on it for very long. Storage was adequate except in the bathroom, and the TV was AWFUL. I hate the hangers in the closets and was surprised of the lack of pen and pencil by the phone. Read entire member review >>
10506 - it's so close to the front of the ship that there's practically no traffic in the hallway! Secluded but not at a secluded price. The stateroom was tiny and the floor under the bed wasn't so clean. But we wouldn't have noticed if we hadn't been cramming the suitcases under it. We took extra plastic hangers which came in handy. But there was plenty of room for 2 adults who packed everything from parkas to bathing suits. By the way, we didn't need the parkas. The bathroom was tiny but fine. We got in the habit of showering in the spa so didn't use the stateroom's shower as much as we would have otherwise. This cabin being at the front is just an easy 2 flights down from the spa and fitness center. And it's just outside the spa and fitness center that you'll find the pools. We took a powerstrip and plugged it into the desk outlet and set it on the top shelf after we moved the coffee maker to the closet since we didn't need it. The perch of the shelf made a handy place for charging all our cameras and notebooks. Having the balcony was great. Waved at the crew on the bridge a time or two. If you want to watch the piers while the ship is docked, stay on the starboard side. Port side usually faced the water except in Victoria. This was fine with us though. Read entire member review >>
Cabins were adequate in size. We were on deck 10 Aft section and it was a very quiet section. The balcony were large enough to accommodate two people comfortably. The bed was very comfortable, having had a broken back, bed comfort is very important. Slept better in this bed than I did in the one I have at home. Bathrooms were actually larger than I had imagined, the toilet area was a little cramped but overall it had more than enough room. I was amazed at how quiet the rooms were. When you flush the toilet you'll understand why. Read entire member review >>
10538 - smaller than I have seen on other cruise ships. Bathroom was exceptionally tiny. Hardly any drawer space for clothing. Had to put a couple pieces of furniture on the balcony in order to have room to walk around in the room. Quiet and comfortable. Read entire member review >>
I can't begin to rave enough about Norman, our room steward. He was a joy to interact with anytime we ran into him. The towel animals at turn down just made our nights. Every detail was always perfect. (He was leaving for his 3 months off and then going on the Norwegian Sky)
We chose a Balcony Stateroom located in the beginning of the Starboard AFT section. Absolutely loved it! There was ample space after tucking away a small stool and adding an over the door shoe organizer to the outside of the bathroom door. There was plenty of room in the closet, drawers, and on shelves to unpack and store 4 suitcases full of stuff. (We know better now LOL). Then they all fit just perfect under the bed, even the huge one.
The bed was two put together to make a queen. There was a big lump going down the middle that made it a bit uncomfortable to snuggle. If we each stayed on our own side it was very comfortable. The linens were of good quality. Another good thing is that there was no foot board on the bed so it allowed my my 6ft tall husband to stretch out.
We spent a fair amount of time in the room and on the balcony. The room will accommodate 3 adults but it really would be too small if you enjoy taking advantage of room service or spending any time on the balcony or in the stateroom. If the third person is a small child that could sleep on the sofa without opening it, the room would also work. It was perfect for my husband and I. This will be the stateroom location I will always look for first if not the exact same room.
The bathroom was also ample after adding the shoe organizer. (Thank you Cruise Critic members for that AWESOME tip! It is in my suitcase for next year.)The shower and toilet have glass sliding doors and the sink and vanity are conveniently located in the middle with a few small shelves and a large well lit mirror. There is a pull out clothes line in the shower. I brought clothes pins to hang our bathing suites after the spa each day. The toilet area was the only area that felt at all cramped, but it was fine overall. Read entire member review >>
Room 10038 (Starboard Balcony)
Location convenient to elevators serving Garden Buffet, Spinnaker Lounge, Poolside. Quiet except for one late night neighbor party. View of pier in Port Canaveral and Nassua. Sun rises on way back to NY. Beautiful early morning view of NYC skyline coming back into port. Read entire member review >>
Good middle cabin without the extra charge. Never felt the Sea. Quite, no public rooms around. Newer room,ship (10/2011). T.V. is small and no (well some) programming,bring a DVD player. Read entire member review >>
No complaints about the cabin, Plenty of storage space. Nice balcony. Lovely bathroom. Great shower with a sliding glass door and a wonderful Grohe shower head. Comfortable bed. Nice sofa bed. Read entire member review >>
Balcony is nice. It would have been nicer if we could have used the adjoining balcony as we had the adjoining room. The bathroom sink was too big for the bathroom. The faucet is too big as well. If the basin was smaller you would be able to fit in better. The drain in the shower is very, very slow. Read entire member review >>
The cabin we had was on Deck 10,aft of midship, locatred about halfway between teh midship and aft elevator banks. It was in a quiet section of the ships.
It was large enough for the two of us. It had a sofa-bed, which we didn't use, and the two single beds weer oushed together to make one queen size bed. The bed itself was very comfortable.
We had a kettle and a supply of instant coffee adn teabags along with creamers and sugar/sugar substitute. These were replenished when used. It also had a mini-bar fridge which we didn'yuse and we never use them.
Our cabin was kept spotlessly cleaned by our attendants. Fresh towels were supplied daily on request. Read entire member review >>
Good location, one of the cheaper cabins on deck 10 forward of mid ship, opposite the forward lift towers. Quiet room however and balcony useful. Liked the cabin position and definitely better than aft position when ship on the move at speed. Bathroom very small - be warned if you are tall or large! Bed a decent kingsize double. TV old fashioned and small. In cabin bar expensive. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin (10022) was quiet. We never heard any noise in the hallways nor from our neighbors. In fact, housekeeping was using the vacuum cleaner in the hallway and we didn't hear it until we opened our door to leave the cabin.
The cabin was small but we had a balcony. Read entire member review >>
Bathroom too small. Knees hit the wall when you sit on the toilet. Had to open door to be able to fully extend arms to towel off from the shower. Shower door is great. Could use a few more shelves in the bathroom. Closet ample space. Like the combination safe. Bed area a bit tight but manageable Read entire member review >>
Well appointed Cabin (10022)
A bit smaller than some other lines, but not a show stopper by any means.
There is a refrigerator, stocked, with a bit of room for personal items. TV, Balcony (with 2 chairs and small table), Toilet and shower area both have sliding glass doors. In room safe. One full length closet and a number of shelves. Bedside stands are just that and have no drawers or such. There is a 2 cup coffee maker in the room as well. I would suggest bottled water for a good cup.
Bed is for two and there is a small couch that makes into a bed. Read entire member review >>
We had a handicap room. It was spacious enough to house the scooter, while still giving us ample room to move about the cabin. The bathroom was large and easy to move around. It could use another shelf or two in the bathroom, but the storage areas in the cabin itself were aplenty! Read entire member review >>
BA is a 215 sq ft stateroom with 2 twin beds together as a king. Very comfortable sleeping. Too hot & humid for balcony door to be opened & AC worked great. Towel animals every night. No choclates on pillows anymore. Water boiler instead of coffeemaker with instant coffee offered. Bathroom has shower with dispenser of shampoo & shower gel, then center is sink with hand soap dispenser & to the far left is toilet with sliding glass door. So using the toilet while someone is in shower is fine. Sliding glass doors make privacy. Closet with sheving for storage. TV has 3 drawers for clothes and the hair dryer is left of closet with mirror and small wooden shelf for makeup.
Mini bar that steward will clar our for you to use as fridge with safe atop it. Read entire member review >>
Good sized stateroom for 2 people. Well-appointed with a great bathroom and wonderful amenities. Enouhg closet space, drawers and shelves. The stateroom, in my opinion, is not the main reason for taking a cruise; it is for sleeping, showering and changing clothes. Read entire member review >>
Cabins were very small, we were up front on deck 10 and the seas were so rough and we were going so fast the first couple of days. It was slamming down the waves and up the next wave and really BAD Read entire member review >>