The majority of staterooms are outside cabins, ranging from 118 to 129 square feet, each with a small porthole window and decorated in nautical style -- navy blue and deep gold throw pillows, polished wood and brass fittings -- and with paintings of clipper ships past on the walls. These standard cabins are located on the Commodore and Clipper Decks. On the smaller side, there are six inside cabins, the Category Six with bunks and two Category Five with lower berths.
Standard cabins feature two twin beds that can be pushed together into one double bed, a nightstand, desk with two shelves, a three-sectioned closet with both hanging and shelf space, TV (offering five channels, two of which are in English) and DVD player, telephone, hairdryer and a safe. A small stool under the desk and small banquette are more useful for storing extra belongings -- and the life jackets -- than for sitting. Look for the somewhat hard-to-find extra drawers under the nightstand and banquette, and a 110 volt outlet under the desk. Guests are welcomed with a tray of chocolates and cakes and a gift book about the history of clipper ships.
More so than on most cruises, the cabins are tight on maneuvering space, particularly if you separate the beds. Several cabins can sleep a third person in a bunk bed that folds down from the wall -- before you embrace this option, make sure you're all very good friends and good at keeping your things neat.
A refit in 2014 replaced all the bed linen and soft furnishings, adding features like backlit mirrors in the bathroom and LED bedside lights, too.
The small bathrooms have adequate storage space, mostly in the shelves behind the mirror. A basket holds shampoo, body wash, lotion, soap, a sewing kit and shower caps -- strangely, no conditioner. The wall-mounted power shower is located in one corner of the bathroom with just a flimsy curtain -- essentially you drench the entire bathroom when you shower, but drains are ingeniously placed on either side of the room, as they would be on a proper yacht.
The nicest cabins on the ship are the eight Category One staterooms on the Main Deck and the aft Sun Deck. These have generally the same amenities as the standard outsides, but are much more spacious with picture windows, a minibar and a larger bathroom with a whirlpool tub. The downside to these cabins is that windows open on to public thoroughfares rather than the sea. Cabins 532 and 533 open straight onto the aft plunge pool and so are ideal for anybody who enjoys an early morning dip.
The Owner's Suite is supposed to be the nicest cabin on the ship, but it only earns this designation if you're quite small. The cabin is located at the very aft end of the Clipper Deck, and so its aft wall is curved with multiple portholes. However, the ceiling is quite low. The bathroom does have a whirlpool tub, but no shower, and even with a hand-held shower attachment, you'd still have to be seated in the bath to wash your hair. So unless you're shorter than 5 feet 6 inches and really like baths, I'd recommend saving the splurge for the category one cabins instead.