While the ship's initial, major reconstruction -- which took more than a year -- dropped the passenger maximum capacity from 570 to 378, changes were largely dictated by the existing hull. Thus, there are 14 cabin categories, located on five of Aegean Odyssey's seven decks.
That number of categories provides for a range of sizes and shapes for the same square footage. For instance, the smallest cabins measure 130 square feet, and there are seven categories this size (listed as Standard or Premium inside or outside cabins).
Next come the Deluxe Outsides, measuring 200 or 215 square feet, and Junior Suites without balconies, measuring 240 square feet. The four largest categories are the only cabins that have balconies, added during the original shipyard makeover. These cabins, designated as Balcony Class, include two categories of Deluxe Staterooms with Balconies (275 square feet, balcony included), four Junior suites (310 square feet with balcony) and two Owner's Suites (550 square feet with balcony).
The Owner's Suites are the only staterooms on the ship that have bedrooms separate from the cabin's living areas. In these staterooms, there are L-shaped couches large enough to seat at least six, fronted by large cocktail tables. There are also full-sized desks with chairs and stand-alone bookcases whose shelves hold both paperbacks -- mainly popular fiction -- and a DVD player. (Oddly, the ship does not stock DVD's to loan, so if you book one of these two suites, you'll need to bring your own movies.)
There are slight variations in the size of the balconies for the deluxe staterooms, but the majority of these teak-floored verandahs measures about 4.5 feet by 9 feet. They hold two sturdy patio chairs, dark wood with webbed seats and back, plus a matching cocktail table less than two feet square.
The 18 newer outside cabins on Lido Deck (in service since March 6, 2013) include 12 deluxe staterooms (Category E) and six premium cabins (Category G). These were built to address passenger demand for outside cabins. Decor and amenities are indistinguishable from the same class of cabin in other areas of the ship. However, take note that these rooms are not flush with the side of the ship. Outside their windows, there are several feet of passenger-accessible decking, wide enough for walkers, but not for deck chairs. Beyond that, there is a normal ship's railing in front of the new deluxe cabins, while the new premium cabins face a steel wind-guard with large plate-glass windows in it.
Cabins have two twin beds, a double or a queen. In some twin cabins, the beds can be converted to one large bed. Typically, cabin categories A to F have convertible beds, and categories G to M do not. The mattresses are marvelously comfortable, and the white duvets are just right if the air-conditioning seems too cool during the night. Speaking of air-conditioning, it is adjusted by turning a knob on ceiling-mounted vents to regulate the amount of air flow.
There is either a three-drawer chest between the twins, or nightstands with shelves and two drawers on either side of the larger beds. The nightstands have table lamps, and there are wall switches for the ceiling lights by each bed's headboard -- a variety of handsome geometric prints on a padded frame.
Every cabin has a bureau that contains a mini-fridge; in Balcony Class, the fridge is stocked with soft drinks, and bottled water is also complimentary. Each Balcony Class cabin is provided with a complimentary bottle of Champagne upon check-in. Other cabin classes are initially stocked with a liter of bottled water, but there is a $2.50 charge for additional bottles.
Larger rooms have three tall side-by-side wardrobes; smaller cabins have two of these, and mirrors cover the doors. The suites have walk-in closets. Each cabin's electronic safe is in the closet or wardrobe.
The suites and staterooms with balconies have sitting areas with two- or three-cushion love seats, plus fabric-covered tub chairs and glass-topped cocktail tables. The six smallest cabin categories have just tub chairs or merely ottomans.
There are also differences in the bathrooms. The six largest cabin categories all boast bathtubs with hand-held shower heads; all other cabins have just showers. But, in the larger of these staterooms, the showers have glass doors; the smaller ones have just a curtain and a lip on the floor to keep the water close to the drain.
Amenities in the Balcony Class cabins are Molton Brown of London and include shower gel, shampoo, a round bar of soap and moisturizer, plus a soft scrubbing pad for the gel. Other cabins have products with the brand name Glam, but without the scrubbing pad.
Bathrooms each have a hair dryer and a makeup/shaving mirror.
The color scheme in all the cabins is nearly identical: ash-colored wood for the furniture, sand-colored walls, aquamarine fabric on the tub chairs, yellow on the ottomans, seafoam green on the loveseats, accents of rich green and blue. There is a single modern print on the wall of each cabin.
All cabins have flat-screen televisions, but the Owner's Suites each have one in the living room and one in the bedroom. The TV's are not interactive but have the following channels: CNBC, BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, NHK World and Al Jazeera. There are also four music-only channels and four movie channels, each showing a different film, usually four times each day. The selections -- chosen by crewmembers -- range from 1950's classics to movies released in the past year. Often, they reflect the cruise's destinations or historical theme. Onboard lectures are also broadcast the day following their live presentation.
Electricity is 220 volts (European voltage), and sockets are designed for two-pin European plugs. A limited number of adapters (but not converters) are available from the purser's office. As a wired couple traveling with multiple devices that needed charging, we found the number of outlets lacking -- until we unplugged the little built-in flashlights above our nightstands to free up two more sockets.
Aegean Odyssey is unusual for a ship so small in that it has 26 dedicated single cabins in a variety of categories (four inside, 20 outside and two balcony cabins) -- and the ship is quite popular with singles, according to managing director Yellow. There is also one standard outside cabin, with porthole, for passengers with disabilities. Note that any wheelchairs onboard should be collapsible and not exceed 26 inches in width.
Our cabin decor was in excellent condition, and we noticed that even a tiny scuff we made on the wall while donning hiking boots had been erased when we next returned to the cabin. Service from our Filipino steward was kind and efficient, though the ship doesn't go in for frippery like towel animals.