We arrived to a very clean and well laid out stateroom, although it seemed kind of cramped to me. Really nice big screen tv on the wall facing the bed. Decent variety of movies, small variety of tv shows. The news channels were terrible. Only used room service once, not really enjoyable dining in the cabin. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was lovely. It was large. Had room between bed and wall for bathroom and enough room to fit a sofa, although there was only a love seat in the spot. Balcony was large, private and we could use even when raining, since it was on the stern.
No outlets in bathroom, so had to dry and fix hair by the desk in room. Problem with that, is the mirror is dark and the light is pretty useless.
Luckily, brought a flashlight to see clothes in closet - that area is really dark too.
But we had to change cabins due to noise. They did move us to another similar cabin (6166) but it was smaller, had dirty carpet and windows. Smaller balcony and only 2 chairs - no loveseat. But we needed to get sleep.
We chose 7143 bases on recommendations from our travel agent and a relative (the relative had same room (same location) but on different ship). It was a location that was supposed to be quiet. We did our research too.
The noise was random, short in duration, but extremely loud. The first time we heard it, we thought a large cart had tipped over in the hall. The noise would rattle our floor and awake us from deep sleep. Even earplugs did not help. After being kept awake until after 1 am and then awakened by 5:00 am on two nights and two mornings, we had to call. We logged that the sound occurred about 12 times in the 2-3 days. It happened at sea, in port, in smooth waters, and rough.
Of course, the sound never happened when a worker was around. They could not tell us what it was. Finally, after I attempted to make contact with neighbor to find out if they heard the noise (can't imagine they did not). Guest services contacted us to let us know they had another room available.
After about 3 hours of our time dealing with this issue - calls, re-packing, waiting for help with luggage, and then unpacking - plus the lack of sleep we did get a quiet room.
I was surprised that after all of this that the cruise did not offer us some type of compensation. I don't mean much, but a bottle of wine or a dinner at their specialty restaurant. An expensive gesture on their part to say "sorry for the inconvenience" would have been appreciated. I suppose I should have asked for something, but really did not think I should have to. Read entire member review >>
These rooms are very well maintained twice a day. Very clean. Rich bedding and such. The lavatories and its shower might need a little renovation but other than that it's ok. Read entire member review >>
We bought a guaranteed Veranda stateroom and got what we paid for. The stateroom itself was fine. The balcony was extra large compared to others HOWEVER, since we were low down in the front of the ship, the veranda was behind the hull. In other words, if you were sitting in your stateroom and looked out, half of your view would be a huge steel wall rather than the plexiglass you would find in other staterooms. Be warned.
The other HUGE problem was that by being low and in the front, we would have a mini earthquake every morning when the ship docked, usually around six AM. The glasses would rattle and the room would shake when the boat used its bow thrusters.Every morning it would wake us up. To HAL's credit they were able to move us for the second week of our trip up to the 10th level. Moving was a snap as we only had to pack our loose stuff. They took care of the rest. We were able to get into our new room by 9 am so we didn't lose much time in port. kudos to the staff. Read entire member review >>
THE GOOD: Plenty of storage and closet space, comfy bed, nice balcony with a tiny table, two chairs and two footstools. Nice flat screen TV.
THE BAD: Darkly tinted vanity mirror made it impossible to do hair and make-up. Who made this terrible decision?! Read entire member review >>
Cabin was spacious enough for 2 people. Very comfortable bed. Ice bucket was filled several times a day. Mini fridge kept stocked. Lots of closet space. Safe in closet worked good. Loved the bath tub in the bath room! Towels were changed daily even though we didn't ask for them. Clean, pleasant cabin. Comfortable chairs on the balcony. Plenty of room to move around. Read entire member review >>
Good adequate balcony, tiny cramped uncomfortable cabin with an ugly hard as rock pullout couch. No room to manoeuver in at all. All the fittings creaked whenever the ship sailed as the ship is also badly stabilized. Read entire member review >>
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