On River Beatrice, accommodations come in three shapes and sizes. The largest, the owner's suite, is 300 square feet. Fourteen additional suites measure 225 square feet and feature small seating areas and French balconies. Standard cabins measure 150 square feet. Some have picture windows while others have a step-out verandah.
The ship's one owner's suite is not only the largest onboard, but it also features a top-notch entertainment system and bathroom with soaking tub and shower. (It's the only cabin onboard to have a bathtub.)
Interestingly, River Beatrice has the largest number of suites among Europe's riverboats. These accommodations are not only gorgeous with their cream-on-cream color scheme (and silk-covered walls), but they also come with a few extras not found in standard categories, such as a DVD player, breakfast room service upon request, mini-fridge, fresh fruit and even a coffee machine. Two deep armchairs positioned at the end of the bed offer a distinct living room area (and you can pull them right up to the French balcony to watch the world slip by). One of the best features is the free laundry perk. And the bathrooms are particularly gorgeous, with lavish use of marble, beautiful (and deep) Hansgrohe showers that resemble the best of English country hotels, and Thick and Thirsty towels and robes.
All suite passengers have the use of a butler to, presumably, pack and unpack and carry out other duties, such as shoe shining. I never found a use for a butler, though.
All accommodations feature commonalities like the magnificent English Savoir beds, built-in closets, individually controlled thermostats for hot and cold weather, flat-screen televisions and private bathrooms. Furnishings are custom designed and created to fit the typically snug spaces that are common of riverboat cabins. Lots of well-placed mirrors actually create a more spacious ambience. Window coverings are lush and rich, and the beds' headboards are crafted out of velvet.
Bathrooms in standard cabins are shower-only but light and airy. L'Occitane toiletries, including shower gel, shampoo, lotion and conditioner, are provided.
The cabin was fabulous. It was large, well designed and beautifully decorated. It included a coffe/expresso maker and large flat screen TV. The bathroom was large for a river boat. Water pressure needed to be better in the shower. The bed and chairs were extremely...continue
We booked Category 3, Cabin 304 and enjoyed the views from the French balcony. Next time I will upgrade to a suite for the extra space. Our cabin was immaculate and beautiful; the bed was exceptionally comfortable with plenty of storage space underneath. The European...continue