Ocean Princess Cabins
There are just five types of staterooms onboard Ocean Princess: Interior Double, Oceanview Double, Oceanview Double with Balcony, Mini-Suites and Owner's Suites. What's important, though, is that size may vary even within like groups. Oceanview Doubles, for example, clock in between 146 and 206 square feet -- that's a pretty big range (Categories CC on Deck 7 and G on Deck 6 are the roomiest); likewise for the Owner's Suites, which measure approximately 786 square feet to 962 square feet with the verandah (figure an average of 874).
I popped my head into cabins across several decks and the differences in size within each of the five types were not apparent to my eye; however, since this is home for 10 days, you'll probably appreciate the extra inches here or there -- and will obviously want to snag the most square footage you can! Be sure to ask your travel agent or Princess for dimensions specific to your stateroom when booking. Note: Categories GG and G are obstructed-view; Category F staterooms come with just portholes, not picture windows.
There are 334 staterooms in total, and a whopping 92 percent are outsides (there are only 26 inside cabins at 158 square feet), 75 percent of which have verandahs. Moving up the scale, there are 76 standard outside cabins (again, these measure between 146 and 206 square feet), 170 outsides with private balconies (216 square feet with the balcony), 52 mini-suites (322 square feet with the balcony) and 10 top-of-the-line Owner's Suites (again, from 786 to 962 square feet with the balcony -- most are approximately 874 square feet).
My Oceanview Double with Balcony was not as cramped as I expected on a small to mid-sized ship. There was a tight spot rounding the corner of the bed closest to the door (two twins combine to a queen), but any sense of claustrophobia was squelched by a decent sitting area between the bed and the balcony. There was a loveseat, a small table, and a desk under a large lighted mirror for doing makeup or writing postcards. Balcony furniture consisted of two plastic chairs and a low plastic table (the verandahs are not completely private -- there are gaps between the dividers and the iron railing).
Amenities across the board include a private safe; a telephone; a bureau/closet with a rack of hangers (wide enough to store two standing rolling suitcases), shelves and plenty of drawer space; and a mini-fridge. In-cabin televisions are not interactive -- i.e. you can't check your folio or book excursions -- but feature programming from CNN, ESPN, TNT and Discovery Channel; there are also stations broadcasting recently released and classic movies, shipboard events, and various genres of music. My bathroom had the essentials: a toilet, a sink and a narrow shower stall with a curtain. Packets of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and moisturizer are provided and replenished as needed.
All staterooms are also equipped with a hair dryer, though I hesitate to even call it that as it was probably the worst contraption I've used at sea or on land. It is mounted above the toilet (so you have to stand and style in the tiny bathroom) and resembles a vacuum cleaner hose. I can't understand how the air came out so pathetically lukewarm while the hose itself got so hot I had to create a makeshift oven mitt out of a washcloth so as not to scorch my hand. Moral of the story: BYO.
Besides the extra size, Mini-Suites add robes, a bathroom with a tub and a shower, and a sofa bed. The Owner's Suites are the most luxurious with a wide verandah that occupies a full forward corner of the ship (it's not the best view, though; the ocean is beyond an exposed pointy deck at the hull). These feature an entertainment center with two televisions and a CD player, a guest bathroom and master bath -- the latter of which has a whirlpool tub.
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