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Owner's Suite with Balcony (S2) Cabin Reviews

We originally were booked in a run-of-the-mill balcony stateroom, but received an upgrade offer three days before embarkation. The cost of the upgrade was at a VERY substantial savings, so we decided, if only once, to see how the other ... Read More
We originally were booked in a run-of-the-mill balcony stateroom, but received an upgrade offer three days before embarkation. The cost of the upgrade was at a VERY substantial savings, so we decided, if only once, to see how the other half lives. Turns out they live pretty well. The sheer amount of extra space in this suite - 591 square feet, versus 274 in a Caribe deck balcony cabin - was a bit overwhelming; we really did not make much use of all that extra room. The oversized balcony, on the other hand, we used considerably - we were located at the very aft of the ship, so we had a perpetual, beautiful wake view. Other suite features/amenities of note: *Separate shower and jacuzzi tub. Both are big enough to accommodate more than one person at a time, should you so desire. *Walk-in closet. A bit larger than that of a standard stateroom. *Complimentary mini bar setup and bottled water. Nice. *Complimentary laundry service. 'Nuff said. *Specialty dining on embarkation day at no extra charge. A nice perk, as we love the Crown Grill. *Exclusive breakfast every morning in the Crown Grill. *Club Class dining for lunch and dinner. This is also a very enjoyable perk, with no waiting for a table, an outstanding dedicated waitstaff, and extra off-menu items available nightly, sometimes cooked tableside by the chef. *A complimentary in-suite champagne breakfast served on a morning of your choosing, with enough food to choke a horse. Two other notes on this suite: 1) Being that far aft and on an upper deck, there are times when one can feel a considerable amount of ship movement. This room may not be for folks who deal with motion sickness. 2) The Grand is, as previously noted, two decades old, and this suite (like the rest of the ship) does show it. Dings in the walls, carpet wear and stains, spots of rust and tarnish... you can definitely tell you're on an older ship. Overall, I'd say that our stay in the Joshua Slocum Suite was a positive one. But in the end, a ship's cabin is primarily a place to sleep and store your stuff - most of what makes cruising special happens on the other side of that stateroom door. I doubt that we'll be booking a suite in the future, especially at full price. The savings of instead booking a balcony or mini suite will allow us to travel more and experience more of those special things. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We love the aft suites, the sound of the wake and the balcony. This old ship has some maintenance challenges. The beds are all new and are wonderful but they should have done the carpets, couches and chairs at the same time. The metal ... Read More
We love the aft suites, the sound of the wake and the balcony. This old ship has some maintenance challenges. The beds are all new and are wonderful but they should have done the carpets, couches and chairs at the same time. The metal fasteners (staple-like things) on the easy chair upholstery stuck out and caught your fingers and your clothes, and even after they fixed one of them, the ones on the other side were dangerous. The ) on the carpet, and the floor was very uneven with hollows and lumps and spongy areas where the decking underneath was no longer smooth or firm. The cabin feels unclean because of stains and wear, though the stewards actually kept everything amazingly clean. The balcony is a good size with a small (36 or 40 inch as a guess) dining table, 4 dining chairs with cushions, and two lovely lounges with cushions. It doesn't wrap along the side like some other ships as there is a maintenance/emergency stairwell down the aft corner, so you can't see ahead at all. About 2/3 of the balcony is visible from an unfortunate protrusion in the public deck on Lido level (or just below the Lido) so it's not as private as some, but mostly people were fairly respectful, though it seemed to be a spot were people liked to have loud cell phone conversations while in port. The bedroom area is separated from the living room area by a heavy light-blocking curtain. The living room area is large, with a long sofa, two easy chairs, a large dining table (could seat 6) and a desk/counter about 12 feet long. There is also a bar with bar sink, but the small TV is across the room a long way from the couch and was intermittently failing, going off and on, purple and red. The bathroom is divided with sink and medium sized counter and toilet in one room and large shower and huge jetted tub in the other, but the layout is awkward as the door in between is always in your way and makes it very crowded to use the toilet. That sort of stuff can't really be fixed once a ship is built but it's a design flaw. Similarly, the walk-in closet is tiny and crowded, with half of the rod space blocked by the door or by shelves, and darker than the inside of a black cat even with the light on. So much room in the living room area, so little in the bathroom and closet! Maintenance problems on this old Grand Princess included taps nearly falling off the sink, the TV as mentioned above, and heating system that couldn't seem to be switched from heat to cool and back again (as we went south and returned north) without calling the maintenance desk. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018

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