River Anuket Cabins
Choosing a cabin is not difficult since, with the exception of two single-occupancy units on Mezzanine Deck, they are all basically the same. While you might want to consider avoiding the last few aft cabins on the Mezzanine Deck due to engine noise and vibration while the ship is moving, even that is not a major problem. Otherwise, as with most ships, upper views command higher prices.
The cabins themselves are fairly large (231 square ft.) and resemble hotel rooms more than ships' cabins. The entry hall/area contains closets with sliding wood doors, hanging rods and assorted hangers, shelves, and the in-room safe. The bathroom entry is opposite. The main area has a luggage rack next to a combination dressing table/dresser/mini-bar/counter with a multi-channel (CNN, Sky, sports, movies, info) TV. Opposite are the twin beds (they are pushed together but they are still twin beds) flanked by nightstands with reading lamps.
Two large, rather heavy and vaguely Franco-Egyptian armchairs and a small table stand in front of sliding glass doors with waist-high railings on the outside to create a French balcony. The doors are mirrored on the outside for both heat reflection and to maintain privacy when river cruisers are rafted together as often happens at crowded mooring areas. On the inside, the windows are equipped both with sheers and blackout curtains, as well as beautiful patterned drapes. Each cabin has individual air conditioning controls and they really work; there is no heat (it's not needed, for obvious reasons). As noted there is a little mini-bar/fridge but it is empty; you fill out an order form and your attendant stocks it for you and bills your account. A fruit tray is provided on arrival, and two bottles of spring water are placed in the room every day either to use in the cabin, or tote one on shore excursions.
The bathrooms are large with good lighting, a functional hairdryer, and soap and shampoo dispensers. The large counter area has a huge mirror, but no medicine cabinet or shelves. There is no bathtub, but a large square shower stall with fantastic water-pressure and an adjustable showerhead handle mechanism. The stall has telephone-booth doors that unfortunately fold in, not out, but that still beats a grabby shower curtain any day. Good towels and plenty of them.
Cabin service is excellent; it includes turndown, chocolates and towel animals every evening. And lastly, there is reasonably priced and very well-done laundry service: in by 9 a.m. out by 5 p.m. and neatly folded.
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