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Pat Richardson
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Accommodation is comfortable but not fancy. Decor is mostly pale walls and wood, with blue, red or rust tones predominating in carpets, curtains and upholstery. There are three cabin categories: Inside, Polar Outside and Arctic Superior; and two suite categories: Expedition Mini Suites and Expedition Suites. Cabins are on Decks 2, 3, 5 and 6; suites on Decks 5 and 6. All Expedition Suites have double beds and all cabin categories have twin beds, one of which doubles as a sofa.

Higher-grade categories offer more space and some additional amenities -- but none come with butler or concierge services. All categories have a hair dryer; none have a safe, however a safe service is available at reception. Only Expedition Suites have TV and a mini-bar; only Expedition Suites and Arctic Superior cabins have tea and coffee-making facility and complimentary drinking water.

All categories have an ensuitebathroom with a shower -- none has a bathtub -- and limited storage space. Suites and Arctic Superior cabins have toiletries including shower gel and shampoo.

There are three accessible cabins -- all on Deck 3 and all outside cabins. There are three pairs of interconnecting outside cabins -- one each on Decks 2, 3 and 5.  

Cabins on Decks 2 and 3 are potentially the most affected by noise, as Deck 2 is a car deck (aft) and Deck 3 is the gangway deck (the gangway is midship), and goods and passengers can be loaded and unloaded day and night, as the ship makes port calls round the clock.      

Inside Cabins: These are on Decks 3, 5 and 6. All sleep two, but can be booked for single occupancy.

Polar Outside Cabins: These cabins are on Decks 2, 3, 5 and 6. Those sleeping two have twin beds; those sleeping three have twin beds plus an upper, pulldown bed, with an access ladder. These cabins have a porthole or a picture window. Some on Decks 5 and 6 have a limited view, due to lifeboats. All Deck 2 cabins have a porthole. Ten will sleep two, and six will sleep three.  On Deck 3, all porthole cabins sleep two; some are set forward and have tunnel portholes (due to the cabin being set back from the hull). There are also Polar Outside cabins with picture windows on this deck; most sleep two, with some sleeping three. 

Arctic Superior Cabins: Situated on Decks 5 and 6 these are outsides with picture windows, and the largest cabin grade. Deck 5 has a walk-around promenade deck outside these windows; on Deck 6, cabins in this category enjoy uninterrupted views. Deck 5 cabins sleep two; Deck 6 cabins sleep two or three. These cabins have tea and coffee-making facilities and complimentary water, as well as toiletries in the bathroom.

In all cabin categories, layouts are similar, but sizes vary between 96 square feet and 140 square feet. On average they are 107 or 118 square feet; and the accessible cabins are 140 square feet.

Expedition Mini-Suites: There are eight of these on Deck 6. They vary a little in shape and layout, but measure an average 215 square feet. They have a double bed and sitting area, plus TV, mini-bar and a tea- and coffee-making facility. Bathrooms have toiletries, and bathrobes and slippers are provided.

Expedition Suites: There are two of these on Deck 5, situated all the way forward with a view over the ship's bow, and with 323 square feet of elegantly appointed space. Each has a large double bed and a vanity desk, plus a separate sitting room with a sofa and TV. Bathrooms have toiletries, and bathrobes and slippers are provided.

Passengers in both suite grades receive a welcome bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket on arrival.

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