- Pro: Informal atmosphere; family friendly; quality food and wine; new Cafe Jardin bistro
- Con: Some cabins need refurb; some balconies in shade; entertainment variable
- Bottom line: Medium sized ship with contemporary atmosphere appealing to all ages
More than 600 of the 975 cabins have an outside view and 450 have balconies, which score highly for privacy with solid partitions each side and above. As a result, they are rarely suntraps, but ideal for a shady drink or breakfast and perfect on windy days.
There are seven price grades of inside cabins, and 11 of outside, but there are only small differences in size between most of them -- the major differences are between those outsides with portholes, picture windows or sliding patio-style windowed doors and balconies.
All inside and outside cabins have bathrooms with shower but no bath tub, with generous-sized White Company shampoo and shower gel products (in small bottles and fixed to the wall). Twin beds mostly convert into doubles, and amenities include a TV/radio, fridge, safe, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is ample storage space but hanging space is limited as the ship was originally designed for one-week rather than two-week cruises.
In the 2012 refit, all the cabins received new curtains and new lampshades, and selected cabins got new carpets. Despite those efforts, the cabins are beginning to show their age, particularly on the balconies, which could do with a good lick of paint, and the bathrooms, which could do with a refurb similar to that of the spa, with new fittings and fixtures throughout.
Interior: approximately 137 to 181 square feet. Despite the size, the light, bright colours and large mirror on the wall gives a feeling of space and light. There are two bedside lights fixed to the wall and a single stand-alone bedside lamp on a double-size chest of drawers between the beds.
Oceanview: approximately 137 to 181 square feet. Oceanview cabins are the same as interiors, with addition of wither a porthole window or picture window. A number also have Pullman beds, allowing for four people in the cabin, which would be a bit of a squeeze. Outside cabins also come with a writing desk.
Balcony: approximately 178 square feet. Balcony cabins have the same design as ocean view cabins, except with the bed/s against the side wall and with a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door. Being a relatively old ship, balcony size is generous (compared to new build ships), and there is enough space for reclining chairs and a table.
Mini-suite: there are three grades of mini-suites, which are not huge (382 square feet, including balcony) but the space has been used very effectively with a curtain division between the bedroom area and the hall/living area. Equally clever, the toilet facilities are separated from the bathroom area, so that it can be used while someone else uses the whirlpool bath and separate shower stall. There are two TVs, one with a DVD player, mini stereo, a walk in wardrobe/closet, floor to ceiling sliding glass doors leading to a balcony with table and reclining chairs. Extra touches include mineral water on arrival, bath robe and slippers, magazine and newspaper selection, fruit basket, flowers, champagne and chocolates on arrival and daily canapes.
Deluxe suite: the six deluxe suites, (638 square feet, including balcony) are all on the stern, with views from the balcony overlooking the ship's wake. As well as all the mini-suite amenities, deluxe suites also have a separate dining area, fixed king-size bed and butler service.
Disabled: There are 19 adapted cabins for less-able passengers, across categories. They are broken down as follows: one Suite; two Outsides; four obstructed outside and 12 Insides
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