- Friendly environment for mature, young at heart cruisers
- Medium sized ship with British country house ambience
- Excellent and caring service
There are 710 cabins, ranging from single to premier suite accommodations. The ship has a higher-than-average proportion of single cabins, both inside and outside, mainly on decks 3 to 6, ranging in size from 130 to 165 square feet. Superior outside single cabins on deck 8 (160 square. feet) each have a picture window, bath and/or shower, and some have small balconies. Some single balcony suites on deck 9 (200 square feet) include bedrooms with balconies, bathrooms with baths and/or showers, fridges and mini-bars. There are 21 cabin grades overall, including 121 with balconies, 95 with mini-bars and 14 with interconnecting doors. Apart from the single cabins, all have either twin or double beds. Inside singles measure 160 square feet, and outside singles are from 165 to 200 square feet. Outside cabins have either picture windows or portholes. We looked at both and found that, although picture windows are great, the portholes are large and contribute a nautical feeling to the cabin.
Our cabin was on deck 8 with a picture window, the view restricted by lifeboats. It was surprisingly spacious (165 square feet) with twin beds, two large mirrored wardrobes with plenty of drawer space inside. Additional space was found in the bedside cupboard and on either side of the large dressing table. All cabins are provided with safes and pool towels. Our very large cases would not fit under the beds, but the stewardess was happy to take them away for storage. The bathroom included a bath and shower, a hair dryer and Cole & Lewis liquid soap dispensers by the washbasin and near the bath. An attractive bag of toiletries is available free of charge on request, including soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shower cap, sewing kit and shoe cleaner. Various cabin grades throughout the ship have baths in addition to showers. Interactive televisions provide the opportunity to book shore excursions and even wine for dinner. They offer BBC and Sky news channels but a relatively small choice of programmes. However, there is also some pay-per-view TV. Colour schemes are bland and neutral, with patterned carpets and bedcovers, set off by Fred. Olsen's eclectic collection of artwork in the cabins and public spaces.
We spent two nights in a comparable cabin on deck 6, which was in the new (stretched) section of the ship. Although it had an uninterrupted view from its picture window, it was less spacious than our other cabin, with far less drawer space and a much smaller dressing table without lighting. The soundproofing left something to be desired, as we could hear our neighbours talking quite clearly, but the cabin is smart and neat. We also viewed a balcony cabin. This was similar to our own but with a fairly narrow balcony. The square footage of balcony cabins ranges from 180 to 190 square feet. Each balcony has a metal and glass table, with metal sun loungers and chairs upholstered with plastic webbing. We viewed two suites, one on deck 9 (200 square feet) and one on deck 10 (275 square feet). Both had walk-in wardrobes (10 suites have these) and a spacious feeling with attractive decor and artwork, a sitting area and balcony. A deck 9 suite had a bay window. The superior suites each have an additional entertaining area with dining table and chairs, plus a sideboard equipped with crystal decanters and complimentary spirits.
There are nine cabins converted for the disabled, and we were very impressed with the one we viewed. As well as a spacious living area with plenty of room for wheelchair movement, it included a large, well-equipped bathroom and a walk-in (or wheel-in) wardrobe with a hanging rail at a height that could be reached by a wheelchair-user.
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