Standard balcony (187 square feet with 84-square-foot [Caribe Deck] or 44-square-foot [other decks] balcony), outside (158 to 182 square feet) and inside (163 square feet) cabins are cozy when it comes to size, but they're well-equipped and laid out. Some have seating areas. Bathrooms are fairly compact, featuring showers with no tubs.
All cabins are equipped with mini-fridges that you can fill with your own juices and snacks. Bathrooms across categories are stocked with toiletries from the Lotus Spa collection (shampoo, conditioner, bath gel and lotion).
Bath robes, slippers, bedrails and two types of cribs are available upon request.
TV's offer live satellite reception of CNN, ESPN International, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network and Boomerang (where coverage permits). There are also several movie channels, featuring a wide selection of first-run movies and two family stations, as well as a special version of the Discovery Channel. Sporting events -- like the NBA Finals and the Super Bowl -- are also shown. In-cabin televisions are not interactive, so you can't book shore excursions or pre-order wine from them. However, one of the channels shows a running schedule of movies so passengers can plan accordingly.
Mini-suites (266 square feet with 57-square-foot balcony) are in essence up-sized balcony cabins. They have sleeping areas and living areas, separated by archways that have Velcro strips across the top. Request curtains from your cabin steward to separate the two areas. The living area side has a sofa (which pulls out to a full-size bed with an uncomfortably thin mattress) and a cleverly designed, curved cabinet system that straddles the two sides of the room, offering two 26-inch, flat-screen TV's (one facing each side), plus several shelves for storage.
Mini-suite closets are impressively roomy. The bathrooms have a tub/shower combination, white tile floor, a nice long vanity and built-in shelves on the side for extra storage, making it easy for two people to utilize and store their necessities in the bathroom. Note: Mini-suites E730 and E731 (in the curved, aft section of the ship) have balconies that are about 25 square feet bigger than standard mini-suite balconies.
True Suites range in size from 1,279 square feet (Grand Suite) to between 461 and 689 square feet (mid-size suites), all with separate living and sleeping quarters, and spacious balconies.
Suites also feature two TV's, DVD/CD players (and free access to the DVD library), warm-wood furniture, sizeable closets and upgraded furnishings (especially on the balconies, where you'll find teak wood tables and chairs with cushions, as opposed to the lightweight, plastic-with-mesh coverings that are on all other balconies). Extra perks include complimentary laundry and dry-cleaning services, complimentary Web access in the Internet Cafe and a one-time free mini-bar setup.
In addition to the above suites, seven window suites (333 to 360 square feet, no balconies) are wider and more square-shaped than the mini-suites (18 feet wide by 22 feet long, as opposed to 9 feet wide and 38 feet long) and include cushioned couches near the windows. Window suite passengers receive the same perks as the full-suite cruisers mentioned above. The only exception is that there is one TV per cabin instead of two.
There are 27 cabins for passengers with disabilities. The cabins range from oceanviews to mini-suites with balconies. One of the new window suites is also available. ADA features include showers with fixed stools; grab rails and handheld showerheads, plus ramp access to balconies and door widths of 35.5 inches.
Baja 521 is very typical of all of Princess interior rooms - adequate. Beds are good if you get the egg crates. Room was clean. There are never enough hangers so I generally bring 10 extra. Since its almost midship - not much movement was felt - except the day we got...continue