Cabins are small; the Owner's Cabin, largest stateroom onboard, measures only 211 square ft., and some of the standard cabins are as little as 90 square ft., though the Category Three standard outsides average 120 square ft. The nautical decor continues in the cabins as well, where rich blue carpeting, varnished woods and wood-toned laminates predominate. Most outside cabins in Categories Two, Three, Four and Five have portholes. Bathrooms are tiny and yachtlike, with little room to maneuver. Cabin amenities include a basket of soaps, lotions, etc.; a telephone; and two-channel piped-in music. There is in-suite television, but the satellite offerings are extremely limited: CNN and BBC on our cruise. Cabins do include a DVD player, and guests can rent DVD's from a small selection kept in the purser's office. Air conditioning in many cabins is controlled by adjusting the vanes on the vent, not by thermostat.
There are eight Category One "Deluxe Deck Cabins," which measure 150 square ft., and feature rectangular windows instead of portholes. Though these accommodations face open passenger decks, privacy is maintained through the use of one-way-vision metallic shades which allow views to the outside while blocking view of the cabin interior from the outside. Additionally, these cabins feature whirlpool tubs and a mini-bar, selections from which are charged to the guest based on the "honor system."
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