Royal Clipper Cabins
The 114 cabins sport jaunty nautical decor with a pleasing mix of wood paneling, off-white walls, marine blue carpeting, bedspreads with nautical flags, and brass fixtures. They come in eight categories. A hair dryer, safe and standard toiletries are supplied are in all categories. Cabins are equipped with 220-volt outlets, plus a 110-volt shaver outlet. Bring a converter if you need to use U.S. appliances.
At the top are two, 320-square foot Owner's Suites, each with a separate sitting area and free minibar. Next come the 14 Deluxe verandah suites, the first on a sailing craft, at 255 square feet. The verandahs are furnished with a plastic table and chairs. Two 175-square foot cabins situated behind the library have no designated balcony space, though the cabin doors do open onto the deck. These cabins all have a whirlpool tub/shower in the bathroom, as well as a minibar and bathrobes.
Our cabin was one of the 90 nearly identical outside doubles, measuring 148-square feet. Each of these has two portholes and a shower-only bathroom. Lighting is excellent, which makes reading in bed a joy (that's a good thing as there is no armchair to sit in, only a vanity stool and an upholstered bench in one corner). Movies in three languages are shown on the TV several times a day. Some cabins feature a fixed double bed; most have twin beds that convert to a double. A third, pull down berth is available in a few cabins, but three in a room is a tight squeeze. Closet and drawer space is adequate for a casual, weeklong voyage. The bathrooms make great use of black and white marble tiling, though storage for toiletries is minimal. When the ship rocks, shower water sloshes over the entire floor, as there is only a tiny lip in the curtained-off stall. Not to worry, a secondary drain takes care of excess water. Bring your own bathrobe for these cabins.
The smallest cabins are six, 100-square foot inside rooms with quite plain bathrooms (no marble tiles).
Caveat: There is a drawer under each twin bed. If you choose to have them made up as a double, only one drawer is accessible.
Washers and dryers are not available for passenger use. Laundry and dry cleaning services are offered.
Royal Clipper has no elevator and no cabins designed for the handicapped. A doctor does not sail onboard except during trans-ocean crossings. There is, however, a nurse (who also waits tables!).
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