Cruise B222 – Baltic & Scandinavia
18th September to 2nd October 2022
Accessible Cabin No. B709 (Deck 14)
Cabin B709 is aft, on the starboard side and is the third cabin from the aft/starboard suite (B725). It is located between an identical accessible cabin (B719) and a regular suite (B705).
It is less than 20ft from the doorway to the aft elevators and about 40ft from the launderette.
The corridor leading towards it is 116cm wide, and opens to 148cm wide where the cabin door is. This was plenty wide enough for my wife’s wheelchair, which is 62cm wide.
The greatest main cabin floor dimensions between walls and/or fixed furniture are 6.28m x 3.53m
Floor to ceiling height: 2.14m
The main cabin doorway is 88cm wide and opens inwards; it has a bit of weight to it, so was difficult for my wife to open. I understand the newer ships may have automatic doors for the accessible cabins.
Upon entering the cabin, the doors to the balcony are at the opposite side, the bathroom is on the right, as is the bed, and the wardrobe and dressing table are on the left.
On the left wall as you enter, just ahead of the wardrobe, there is a full length wall mirror, and a low single power outlet next to it.
It has a total width of 140cm and height of 207cm, with three full height doors.
The single door on the left opens to six shelves, with the fixed safe on the middle one.
The internal dimensions of the safe are 35cm x 22cm x 22cm, which was plenty big enough for our needs.
The double doors on the right open to the hanging space (W: 91cm / D: 49cm / H: 154cm). There were thirty wooden hangers and the clothing rail has a handle fixed to it which, when pulled, brings the rail down to the level of a wheelchair user.
Above the hanging space is a shelf (W: 91cm / D: 49cm / H: 38cm) on which the life jackets are stored.
This is 224cm long and 86cm high.
To the left is a cupboard that houses the fridge, which has internal measurements of 47cm x 32cm x 21cm, and removable shelves. Above the fridge, in the same cupboard, is a small shelf.
To the right is the part of the dressing table at which one can sit. The small upholstered chair can easily be moved and my wife was able to sit comfortably at the dressing table in her wheelchair. On top of the dressing table is a fixed swivel mirror; to the left of that is a phone and a single power outlet. To the right of the mirror are a single power outlet and the power outlet for the hairdryer; both cannot be used at the same time.
Above the mirror is the wall mounted TV.
The dressing table has two shallow drawers under it, each with internal dimensions of 55cm x 39cm x 9cm. The hairdryer was in the left of these. There was plenty of room in them for my wife’s hair care items and electrical appliances, and other bits and bobs.
Below the left side of the dressing table was a single power outlet.
To the right is a single cupboard with two shelves (each W: 44cm / D: 49cm / H: 39cm).
On top of the dressing table at this end are the kettle and the tea and coffee makings.
Opposite the dressing table is the bed; for us, two singles pushed together as a queen. Although it was comfortable, at 60cm high, it is too high for a full-time wheelchair user. I had to assist my wife into bed, and an unaccompanied wheelchair user would find it very difficult to transfer. A more appropriate height would be 44cm to 50cm.
Four pillows were provided; we got two more from our cabin steward.
At either side of the bed was a set of bedside units, each 79cm tall and with two large drawers and a shallow shelf. Each drawer has an internal dimension of 74cm x 34cm x 14cm, but clothes can be stacked higher than the 14cm; just check nothing has fallen out at the back. The shallow shelf measures W: 78cm / D: 47cm / H: 10cm.
On the left side bedside unit was a second phone. There were no power outlets on the wall where the bed was.
The space between the left side of the bed and the wall was 95cm. The space between the right side of the bed and the wall was 92cm.
There is a second, smaller chair and an occasional table; I moved both out of the way to give my wife more room.
One thing that the bedroom area lacked was an emergency pull cord or switch; not good for an accessible room.
There was plenty of lighting in the room, operated from different locations.
The A/C was adequate but not perfect, the analogue control panel having just a sliding switch – up for warm, down for cool.
The heavy blackout curtains plunged the room into darkness.
The bathroom is a good size and the door opens outwards, into the bedroom area. The doorway is 84cm wide.
The greatest bathroom floor dimensions between walls and/or fixed furniture is 2.4m x 2.08m
The tiled floor offered good grip and the good sized shower area has ample drainage.
There is a good sized pull down bench seat which, at 46cm high, was easy for my wife to transfer to.
There are plenty of safety bars in the bathroom and a pull down one next to the toilet.
The toilet was at an appropriate height for my wife to transfer to.
The sink has a height of 85cm and is open underneath; my wife had no problem sitting in her wheelchair at it.
The shower, wand only, was easy to use and there was no fluctuation in pressure or temperature.
One annoying feature, which is not unique to this bathroom and something we often encounter in accessible bathrooms in hotels, was the lack of a shelf in the shower area, apart from a tiny shower dish. Toiletries had to be left on the floor, and I put them on the bench for my wife when she was ready to shower.
There is a ceiling to floor emergency pull cord in the shower area and a switch next to the toilet. I accidentally knocked the latter and no sooner had I stood up, the phone rang; it was reception asking if we required assistance.
There are no sanitary bags provided in the bathroom, so if you need them you will have to bring your own; not a hassle for us as we always have them with us.
A common complaint about this ship is about the small balconies. Granted, the accessible cabins have slightly longer balconies but they are the same width as the others on both sides of the ship.
The double glazed sliding door to the balcony is heavy but did have a good sliding action, and it was easy to lock.
The balcony is 4.12m long and 1.2m wide; the side of it, up to the handrail, is 113cm high.
Furniture on the balcony comprises of two non-folding chairs, a foot stool and a small table.
My wife’s wheelchair (W: 62cm / L: 82cm) could fit on the balcony with some effort, but she didn’t bother. It turns out that the handrail was at eye level for her so she couldn’t see much anyway. She preferred to sit just at the door threshold, where the cabin floor level was raised, thus giving her a view over the handrail. On our previous trip my wife used a larger chair (W: 68cm / L: 117cm) and was unable to manoeuvre it onto the balcony.
Plenty of room for my wife to easily move about in her wheelchair.
Lots of storage space
Alarm responded to promptly
Bed too high for a wheelchair user
No alarm in the main cabin
No adequate shelf in shower