Swiss Sapphire Cabins
There are 59 all-outside-facing cabins onboard Swiss Sapphire, 85 percent of which feature floor-to-ceiling windows. There are six categories of cabins spread across the three lower decks. Category 1 cabins are the most basic; these eight 150-square-foot cabins feature small picture windows. Category 3 cabins (there are 30 of them) have the same square footage as the Category 1 cabins, but feature floor-to-ceiling French balconies.
There are Junior Suites at 183 square feet, one with a picture window (Category 2) but the rest with French balconies (Categories 4 and 5); amenities are the same, you just get the extra space. Finally, the top cabins are the 14 Suites which, at 300 square feet, are double the size of the standard cabins onboard. The extra space is used for separate sitting areas, walk-in closets and marble baths.
I stayed in a Category 3 standard cabin with a French balcony; 150 square feet is about average, even on mainstream ships, but the floor-to-ceiling window treatment gives the sense of more space, and I never felt cramped. Whatever category you book, cabins are bright, clean and modern (no furniture nicks or carpet scruffs) and decorated in warm shades of cream and orangey-red, with two comfortable twins beds that can be pushed together to form a queen. All are equipped with a flat-screen plasma television with access to daily in-cabin movies as well as a variety of channels (Travel Channel, CNN, etc., dependent on available satellite), a safe, and a mini-bar (water is free of charge; sodas and alcoholic beverages are not).
More than anything, the creature comforts made up for any lack in square footage. I was thrilled to find a compact but fabulously efficient BaByliss hair dryer, terry bathrobes and fragrant L'Occitane toiletries, all of which come standard in all accommodation categories. I was also thrilled -- and surprised -- to find that all cabins are also outfitted with alarm clock radios, which are not a part of the package on mainstream cruise ships. You can still request a wake-up call onboard Swiss Sapphire -- but it's nice to have the option not to, plus music to boot!
Important note: Swiss Sapphire's cabins are outfitted with 220 volt power outlets for two-pin plugs, standard throughout Continental Europe. Be sure to bring the appropriate power adapter so that you can plug in and charge up your cell phone, camera and whatever other electrical equipment you may be traveling with.
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