We had a free upgrade to a Mini suite when we booked. And chose this one as it was Port side, midship and near to the stairs and lift. This was a perfect location for us with regard to getting anywhere on the ship and always easy to find ... Read More
We had a free upgrade to a Mini suite when we booked. And chose this one as it was Port side, midship and near to the stairs and lift. This was a perfect location for us with regard to getting anywhere on the ship and always easy to find our cabin when returning.
When we got on board an found our cabin we thought that we had made a mistake in choosing this location as we thought that there would be a lot of noise from the corridor but our fears turned out to be unfounded as the soundproofing the door ensured that we we never heard any noise from the corridor.
However. This cabin is situated beneath Splash Academy, which is the children’s play area and so there was sometimes a lot of noise coming from above from the children running and having fun, Sometimes until 10pm. no wonder they offer free ‘upgrades’ to this Cabin (Mini Suite). On balance the upgrade to the mini suite was worth it for the size of the cabin especially the bathroom which had a half size bath and a shower. The contents of the cabin in general was pretty much the same as the other cabins with TV , hairdrier, coffee maker, safe, mirror mini bar/fridge and plenty of storage, and a wardrobe full of hangers.
To give you an idea of the size difference of the cabin. The balconies on deck 11 overhang the balconies below by approximately the full depth of a standard balcony so imagine your cabin being the size of a standard cabin and balcony combined. Then leading out to the actual balcony, which itself was a decent size but about standard with the other cabins.
Plenty of room for two chairs and a decent size table but sadly, the table was a tiny coffee table. We had breakfast in our cabin a couple of times but it was a struggle to eat it without a decent table.
As with the other cabins , ours was very clean and comfortable and Albert, our Steward kept it and looked after us very well.
There are no smoking signs on all balconies but we could always smell cigarette smoke from other cabins. On one occasion, we found cigarette butts on our balcony that had blown in
If you like sunrises and sunsets, consider the direction and times of sailings when choosing which side of the ship you want your balcony. I got it wrong and we always seemed to be on the wrong side (Lesson learned for next time)
Take an extension block with a European plug (we found one on amazon with a euro plug and British sockets and usb’s Which proved invaluable.
Look for the handy USB sockets under the bedside lamps
Have earplugs handy for the scampering sound from above and the sound from the adjacent cabin with the Honeymooners (funny at first but got to be annoying after a while) ( also might explain the cigarette smoke) come to think of it, you could always put the earplugs up your nose too.
If you need anything just ask your steward they will be happy to sort it for you. At a very interesting Q&A session with the senior officers. One passenger asked the question about the lack of towel animals, mints on pillows and Ice/Ice buckets in cabins. The reply was about economy and that most of the mints were left untouched, most of the ice was wasted etc so the Cruise line had stopped providing them automatically, but said that if you request that stuff, they will happily provide it free of charge.
At the Q&A session they also said that the cruise line spends a lot of effort of filtering water the tap water in the cabins is 100% drinkable and that there was no need to buy the expensive bottled water. We tried it and it was good Read Less