Seemingly well soundproofed, cabins are rather quiet during the day and night. Heavy drapes help with noise and sun, and add a classy touch to balconied cabin.
Furniture is constructed of solid cherry wood, and cabins are well lit with attractive lamps and fixtures. Flat-screen TV's were added to all the cabins in January 2012. Little "goodies" are left waiting in the bathroom at embarkation (though they aren't replenished throughout the trip), including samples of Physique hair products, Reach Access flossers, razors for men and women, Crest Vanilla Mint toothpaste and Lever 2000 soap.
Inside cabins represent only 20 percent of the total number onboard, which means a fairly significant 80 percent (849 cabins) are outsides -- another plus, and a huge draw for modern-day cruisers. Of these 849 cabins, 624 are oceanviews with private verandahs, 68 are partial-view oceanviews with French doors, and just 99 are standard oceanviews (which, interestingly enough, measure the same as standard insides at 185 square feet).
Still, 185 square feet is fairly roomy for an inside, all things considered. Inside cabins are laid out with a small desk/vanity area, a bathroom with a curtained stand-alone shower (there are both shower gel and shampoo pumps in the shower), twin beds that convert to a queen, decent closet space (two cabinets with hanging bars and one with wide shelves), a flat-screen television with remote, and a mini-fridge. Higher cabins have a little sitting area with a peach sofa and table, except for adjoining staterooms which have chairs in place of a sofa so as not to block the door. All oceanview staterooms come with terry robes for use onboard. Balcony cabins measure from 225 square ft. (including the verandah). Balconies are outfitted with a plastic table and two plastic chairs. All balconies feature an extended barrier for extra privacy from neighbors.
Note: Categories 8C, 8E, 8G and 8I feature "extended" balconies, which add 50 percent more space, but jut out a tad further and are visible from above. (So don't do anything you wouldn't want your neighbors to the north to see!)
Suites (there are 52 of them) range from 360 square feet to 465 square feet and have larger verandahs with upgraded furnishings and whirlpool tubs; pick a suite at the aft corner for a wrap-around verandah.
There are 16 cabins specifically designed for wheelchair-bound passengers, in a variety of stateroom categories.
If you can afford a room with a balcony, I would highly recommend it. It was worth the extra money. Also we were on Deck 5 I think. It was helpful to be lower in the ship on days/nights when it was rocky.
Cabin was decent, balcony was nice and spacious, came in really handy on the return days at sea, winds were 50+ nm but the balcony was perfectly calm. Only negative was that I did not account for the sound of the prop wash, it was rather loud, but we got used to it after...continue