Orion II Cabins
As with the other ships that were originally built for Renaissance Cruises in this class, cabins are bigger than average. As they're square instead of oblong, they resemble smart hotel rooms rather than typical ship accommodations, each with a decent-sized sitting area and no need to squeeze past one another when there are two of you in the cabin. Our Balcony Suite measured 245 square feet, which was about average; the smallest cabin is still a generous 215 square feet, and the largest is 285 square feet. All the cabins have the same facilities; 16 have balconies, but other than that, the price varies only according to the cabin's location and size.
Cabins each feature a sofa, coffee table and a large vanity, still leaving plenty of floor space. A fridge is stocked with complimentary mineral water, which is constantly replenished. Storage, in general, is lacking with just two single wardrobes (only one of which contained hangers), three drawers in each vanity and two bedside tables with no drawers. A large drawer is tucked away under the bed, too.
Cabins have flat-screen TV's, showing news channels, movies and location maps. A DVD player is housed in a clunky wooden box frame and takes up a lot of space. A huge library of DVD's is available at no extra cost.
Bathrooms are nicely done in dark wood and marble, each with a huge walk-in shower. (All accommodations on this ship have showers, not bathtubs.) You'll also find a generous array of L'Occitane bath products. All cabins are provided with bathrobes.
Cabin balconies come with teak flooring, a couple of chairs (non-reclining) and tables. Our cabin had a long, narrow balcony, nice for early mornings but not especially conducive to sitting on during the day, partly because of the tropical heat and humidity and partly because it had upright chairs instead of loungers. Would we pay for a balcony again? Not in the tropics, no, especially on a cruise like this, where you spend so much time ashore.
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