Midnatsol's complement of 19 suites includes five with private balconies, 10 with bay windows, and four junior suites. With the exception of the "Captain's Suite" and "Grand Suite," the equivalent of owner's suites on other ships, most accommodations are between 20 and 40 percent smaller than modern industry average for equivalent accommodations. Standard suites run between 243 and 312 square ft., juniors between 194 and 229. Our Category K larger outside double measured a cozy 113 square ft. The warm, bright decor, however, with original art on the walls, and a family of scampering puffins woven into the cheery orange carpet, made it seem larger.
My first reaction, facing nearly an entire wall of teak-toned drawers and closet doors, was to praise the cabin's commodious storage space. Then I opened the doors and found that the storage extended only a couple of feet or so into the walls. The ship's lack of a dress code reduces the space requirements somewhat, but the bulkiness of sweaters and other cold-weather clothing more than offsets that benefit. I was traveling alone for a short itinerary and I filled all the shelves and drawers. Storage could be a problem for a couple, especially if they book the 12-night round trip. Another potential issue for couples: the two twin-sized beds cannot be moved together on this ship.
Other cabin amenities included a satellite telephone, which doubled as PA system and radio through the speakerphone buttons; liquid soap/shampoo dispensers at sink and shower; and my favorite: a radiant heated tile floor, just the ticket for those chilly early-morning risings. Curiously, suites and inside cabins have televisions; outside cabins in all categories do not.
Deck 6 is the Promenade Deck, and views from outside cabins are obstructed, but views into those cabins from strollers or exercisers are not. There are four wheelchair-accessible cabins.
We upgraded to a mini Suite, Floor Seven, It was nice and roomy. Got a bottle of champagne and basket of fruit when we first got there. Floors are heated in bathroom. Turn the phone speaker down if you want to sleep in ...
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