The Mini-Suites with a Balcony have room for up to three and feature curved walls, a sitting area, two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed and a luxury bath with shower or tub. The also include additional bedding to accommodate two more guests and a private balcony with an amazing view.
We booked a mini-suite for 3. I found the room tight -- someone had to step out of the way if we needed to pass one another. We were in 8168 and it was very noisy at night. We think the noise was from the Cavern Club two floors below. The ship was full and moving our cabin was not possible. There was a sign at the service desk saying so. I used earplugs and slept with a pillow under one ear and another pillow over the other ear.
I did not like the entry. On one side was the toilet and the other side was the shower -- as soon as you entered the room. Both were enclosed in a frosted glass (or plexiglass) booth and a curtain could be pulled so you could utilize the entry as a dressing room. We all spent time outside the room so everyone could have some privacy. This would have been fine for just my husband and me, but add an 18 year old to the mix and it's not comfortable. I like to have a bathroom with a sink and a toilet and a shower.
It took us two days to find out how to turn off the light to the sink -- which was right next to my bed. It's under the medicine cabinet. It took twice that long to find the switch to the reading lights over the bed. The switch is at the top of the light. Read entire member review >>
Good for a couple but I don not think the bathroom set up would work for every one. Our cabin was well looked after...we never wanted for anything. Plenty of storage space. My only wish would be brighter lighting over the vanity for make-up application. Otherwise I enjoyed everything. Thanks to our cabin steward Leo. Read entire member review >>
Great cabin. Very large. I had a scooter and a wheelchair. I could completely turn the scooter around in the cabin without backing up. The balcony was awesome; very large. I would want to get this cabin again if possible. Read entire member review >>
Had good storage for clothes. Interesting layout. Lighting was not the greatest. In fact, the best lighting was when the curtain to the balcony was open. Not sure what those on the inside experienced as there was not good lighting to be had to put on makeup and such.
Good sized shower. For a tall person, your feet will dangle off the end of the bed. Read entire member review >>
10274 is a great mini-suite. Close to the stairwell and elevators, but quiet!
We had no storage problems. The bed was comfortable for us. The room steward, Barry, was great. Read entire member review >>
Clean and well kept along the voyage. A Funky style of curved cabinets almost guaranteed I'd knock my head reaching for anything on the counter below. The design was intended to make things appear more roomy but failed.
Storage was excellent with plenty of closet, shelf and hidden spots behind the sofa back.
Show was large with room to sit. Toilet space was funky with a noisy spastic shutter for a door that assured no one ever had any toilet privacy and all nighttime visits were sure to wake the spouse.
Mechanicals were an issue with - Air Con not working, electricity going out, etc. Read entire member review >>
Superb! Spotlessly clean, so much storage. Comfy bed. Great balcony, really can't see what the fuss is all about over the lifeboats unless you want to hang over the rail to look at the sea! No problems either regarding the bathroom arrangement. We had a very large shower, which suited us. Our friends, next door, a bath which they preferred. Steward was fantastic, went out of his way to be friendly, helpful and made us feel that nothing was too much trouble. Read entire member review >>
Well placed cabin. Loved the shower it was very powerful. Cabin could have been better cleaned the cupboard doors had hand marks all over. Found things in cupboards. Slippers belonging to last guest were still under bed. Read entire member review >>
Deck 10 by the elevators forward. The bathroom/shower area wasn't that bad. Use the curtain if necessary.Take any plastic card and leave it slot by door to keep electricity on. Read entire member review >>
Nice cabin with an adequate covered balcony. No one could look down at you on your balcony like on some other cruise lines. The separate shower, commode area, and sink were a plus. We liked the layout. Just leave the light off in the commode area. It is not necessary to be on. We had the couch near the balcony and feel that it would be better to have a room with the couch near the bathroom area. That would give you more room in that area when you are getting dressed. There was plenty of closet space but surprisingly only one closet had hangers. We always bring extra hangers, so it worked out for us. There are plenty of storage areas and a huge medicine cabinet above the sink. Read entire member review >>
Personnally I wouldnt recommend spending the extra money on a suite compared to a balcony. It was very nice but I dont see the big difference. The washroom facilities were funky but not a big issue. Our air conditioning wasnt real cold and there was a smell coming out of the shower drain one night. We contacted guest services and the smell went away but the ac nver did change that much, Read entire member review >>
Epic cabin 9248 had tons of storage space. We selected it because we wanted a shower only and wanted the couch by the balcony. The shower was really big. Being close to elevators was not a noise problem at all. Read entire member review >>
Great cabin loads of storage space nice and quiet. Sink toilet arrangement a bit strange but not an issue huge shower plenty of powerful hot water. Comfy bed. Well maintained and spotlessly clean. Read entire member review >>
mini suite is too small, poorly designed. Not enough drawer space.
Bathroom design missed the mark. A separation of commode and shower was ok but lavatory should have been placed in commode area, not in middle of the cabin. Read entire member review >>
The rooms are "weird" with the curve and the bathroom design will cause distractions to your roomie if you need to use it at night as the door is frosted and the sink in the room itself. The beds are also curved, I guess to fit with the room curve, so they seem small and you feet fall off the corners. Read entire member review >>
If you have a chance; book a mini suite with a balcony! We were in room 10081.
It is located not far from the elevators and very easy to get to. It was a nice quite room too. The storage is amazing. The bed is really comfortable. They have thought of every light you might wish for. The sofa is comfortable too. Now the shower! It is so large and the water pressure is amazing. I never ran out of hot water. The balcony for room 10081 is nice and large. Two people can sit outside and enjoy the sea air. This was the best stateroom we have ever had on any ship so far. Read entire member review >>
Water closet tiny!! Shower huge. Storage abounding. Balcony needs better seating but sufficient size. Looking beyond the life boats takes getting used to, didn't expect this obstacle for vision. Bed beyond comfortable. Service in room, above excellent. Read entire member review >>
We had a larger balcony room on the 9th floor near the elevators. Great location, easy to walk either upstairs or down without having to wait for elevators. The rooms were very tight with a poor layout. I had read about the toilets and sinks in advance but they are worse than we expected. Toilet is in glassed in enclosure by entry to cabin (not for the shy)and sinks really are teeny getting everything wet. There are no hand towel bars or place to hang wet face cloths. Nothing is convenient in the room. Beds are comfy though. Don't forget that the lights are controlled by your key card. We didn't know that and sat in the dark for way too long!There are separate closets but only one has hangers. I luckily packed on hangers. Bring your own shampoo and soap etc. They have a dispenser but the product isn't good. Rooms are quiet and only noise is flushing of toilets. Read entire member review >>
We had originally booked a regular balcony room; however, we noticed the price dropped a bit before we left so we called to try and get an on board credit for the difference. They wouldn't do that, but they did upgrade our room to a mini-suite balcony. Calling it a suite is a stretch but it did add about 40 square feet to the size of the room. The room was ready about 1:30. For all the complaining you hear about the new style rooms on Epic, we were pleasantly surprised. The room had a lot of storage space compared to other ships we have been on. We thought the bathroom set up was great. Having the separate area for the shower, toilet and sink was great. There was enough room in the shower to actually take a shower and overall there was much more space in the bathroom area. Bed was very comfortable. I actually preferred the cabin on Epic just a little over RC. The bathroom space made all the difference in the world. Read entire member review >>
mini-suite 9243.. should just be re-named outside deluxe. dimensions if a true rectangle would be 8.25 feet by almost 25 feet plus balcony of 6 feet by8.25 feet. split bathroom design was a pain due to rough seas and sliding doors. medicine cabinet light not bright enough to shave by. built -in hairdryer by vanity desk was uncooperative and hard to use. Read entire member review >>
9249 - balcony cabin was great. Near the aft elevators but never heard any noise from either the elevators or the hallway. Balcony was completely covered and large - it easily fit the 6 adults in our party. Shower was huge. Bed was near the door and couch near the window.
9241 and 9245 - inside rooms were very comfortable. Lots of storage and quiet. Shower was a smaller than the balcony rooms. Read entire member review >>
We were in 10274 and 9243. Both were designed the same, meaning sink by bed. We noticed that directly next to us (10272 and 9241) did not--had bed by balcony, which would be a better layout. Location of these cabins were good, near aft elevators. Balcony was covered in both rooms and you could not see down from above onto our balcony. Read entire member review >>
9084 was a great cabin. It had a little extra room because it was listed as a Deluxe Balcony. It was close to the elevators and since it was forward on the ship, the Garden Cafe and main pool deck were in close proximity. As I said in my review, there's plenty of storage ares bu the shelving is very narrow. I would pick this cabin again. Read entire member review >>
This is a good cabin location -- Standard layout and balcony. Generally it was convenient to be nearby to elevator banks and there was enough distance that there was never any noise from the elevator lobby. This category of room - Deluxe Balcony -- is rather tight on space, but storage space is very large. The shower is excellent - nice rain type shower head (detachable) with room for 2 people. Coffee maker and mini-bar is a nice convenience and there is good lighting throughout the cabin. Read entire member review >>
The electrical outlet is under the TV, finding it can be tricky. You have to have your key card in the slot to the right as soon as you enter your cabin for the electricity to work in the cabin. The sinks are pretty shallow too so watch the water presure. Read entire member review >>
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