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Substantially larger than a balcony stateroom, a mini-suite includes all the same amenities of a balcony stateroom, plus the added luxuries of a welcome glass of champagne, separate seating area, sofa bed, two flat screen televisions, marble top furniture, a closet and bathroom tub.

Mini-Suite with Balcony (MB)
Big Disappointment slclendenin
Very small (smaller than a regular balcony stateroom on Royal Caribbean). Very small balcony. Was not clean. Someone's long hair all over the balcony table and floor and in bathroom. Not enough storage/drawers (did have plenty of hangers). Not sound-proofed at all (can easily hear neighbors, particularly the TV). Extremely strong sewage gas smell while in ports. Stateroom steward not helpful.
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As we often do, we booked a "guarantee" cabin in the mini-suite category so we did not choose our particular cabin, taking our chances with what Princess would assign. And, as before, we got a great cabin! I mentioned a lot of this in my general review, but the mini-suite we had featured quite a bit of storage including an open closet, a floor-to-ceiling closed closet with shelving, an end table with drawers, two nightstands with drawers, a desk with drawers and a bit of shelving, and a handy little shelf with a mirror above it in the front hallway which was great for keeping my clutch or anything you'd want to grab on your way out the door. The bathroom had a full tub and shower. The storage in the bathroom was also good, with a number of open shelves and a fairly large countertop. The only issue in the bathroom was that the tub drained slowly. We noticed when we arrived that the tub drain apparatus was off and on the edge of the tub. I think my husband put it back on. After we told the cabin steward that the tub drained slowly they had maintenance check it out and apparently the "fix" is to keep the drain fixture off, which was a bit disappointing since the tub should be able to drain with all of the hardware correctly in place. The bedroom was separated from the living room by a curtain, which we never closed. But, if you are traveling with someone and you think you'd want some sound privacy, know that the curtain won't do it. There was a large flat screen TV in both the bedroom and living room and occasionally we had both TV's on at once, but since there is no real division between the areas, that wasn't something we wanted to do a lot. The bed was comfy and so were the pillows. We had a bit of an issue once in a while with the white bed linens having small stains on them (clearly the linens had been laundered but the stains were still there) and I wrote notes to our steward any time I discovered these and he replaced the linens. The living room had a full sofa, coffee table, end table and desk. I really liked propping myself up on the sofa when it was chilly outside and watching the sea go by through the veranda sliding glass door (I asked our steward for an extra blanket to use as a sofa throw -- a move I highly recommend). The veranda, as many have noted, is on the small side but it was sufficient to sit out there with two chairs, a table and two ottomans. It did take a bit of maneuvering to use the ottomans but it could be done. Even when it was a bit colder than some might like, I put on my rain jacket and took my blanket out there ... I just love having that private space to enjoy being on the water. On the whole our cabin was clean, with a few glitches. There was some sticky stuff on the coffee table when we arrived (a note to our steward took care of that) and then there were a few stains on the linens, plus a little yellowing of the floor tile near the tub. Our steward later told me he actually appreciated me writing the notes for stuff for him to take care of! We really enjoyed the in-cabin TV selections, particularly the Animal Planet episodes of "Cats 101" and the cruise port destination expert's recorded talks. This mini-suite was literally larger than the hotel room we had in London prior to our cruise!
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Great Cabin- liked the bathroom with a tub best, bigger bathroom then a deluxe balcony room.
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Kept very clean by our room stewart. The closet space was great, and we appreciated the extra sitting room, storage areas, and tv (which could be closed off by curtains if one of us wanted to sleep). These cabins need more plugin areas. We requested an extension cord which we used daily. (We always travel with our own nightlight to plug in the bathroom so that we do not have to leave the bright light on all night.) The extra room in the bath with the bathtub/shower combination was also appreciated. Would like to see the balconies a little larger on the newer ships though... We were on the Baja deck which, although further away from some activities, was a quieter deck without restaurants, pools or entertainment located nearby.
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Cabin was fine, had lots of storage, comfortable bed and was well kept. Only complaint was the tiny balcony, barely enough room for a table and two chairs.
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Great cabin with an ideal location on the ship. Spacious, large bathroom. Tub with shower. Very comfortable bed.
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Cabin - We had a mini-suite (L217) and the room was very comfortable. Plenty of space to move about. The bed was comfortable. The actual tub (rather than a tiny shower) with shower was great. Decent room in a bathroom on a ship. The major disappointment is the balcony. This is basically a space to stand when entering and leaving a port. Two chairs and a small table but honestly two people can't comfortably sit on the balcony at the same time. The other draw back was the TV selection. Princess had ESPN Caribbean which while sailing the UK during Wimbledon week consistently showed Billiards, Horse Riding and Cricket. We did not get to know our Cabin Stewart very well but he did his job efficiently and timely. All-in-all we enjoyed the room.
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Excellent location fairly close to laundry room and between the mid and aft elevators. Room was well maintained and clean.
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Nice room but postage stamp size balcony. Emma did a great job.
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Hyped?? rwyeager

Adequate. Had to move up to this category to get room to move around

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We had a mini-suite, nice decor and fairly large balcony on deck nine. Our cabin attendant was pretty good and very amenable and friendly even though he was probably burden by way too many cabins to service which often does not translate into fine personal service. Complimentary laundry service was excellent.

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Cabin was well designed but seemed slimmed down. Balcony just big enough for two. Toilet worked well, drains were slow, shower flow low. Single steward handled toilet and room - Princess should note that this is a disease vector. Walls thing like a cheap motel - be ready to listen to your neighbor's TV.

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Loved having a mini suite, good location a bit forward but quiet. Large bathroom, 2 TVs big sofa and desk. Plenty of room and storage.

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We found our mini-suite to be exceptionally spacious with a full-sized sofa, two flat-screened TV's, a sitting chair, a coffee table, a desk and chair, a full bathtub, a separate closet area with tons of wooden hangers, lots of cabinet storage, and a small balcony. As this is a new ship, all of the furnishings were in great shape, with the exception of the lamp shades, which were perpetually askew. I always appreciate when the mini-fridge isn't pre-stocked, so this allowed us to fill it with sparkling water and other beverages we wanted. Things were kept very clean with the only hiccup being one day there was a blood spot on our bed linens (not sure from whom) -- we called to have them replaced which was done. Our cabin steward was very friendly and attentive

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The balcony is exceptionally small and barley fits 2 people and 1 small table. This is substantially smaller than all other balconies we have had on other ships.

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Spacious cabin, two interactive, on-demand 42" TVs, sofa, curtain between sitting and sleeping areas. Very comfortable bed. Nice bathroom with huge sink for a cruise ship. Plenty of very nicely arranged storage. Balcony is standard size.

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