Jeannine Williamson
Cruise Critic Contributor
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

There are 88 staterooms -- 78 standard cabins and 10 suites -- that are situated on the three passenger decks and range in size from 172 to 269 square feet. They are all decorated in a muted color palette of cream and blue, which is easy on the eye and are fitted out to a very high standard. MS Robert Burns is described as an all-suite ship; however, none of the staterooms have separate bedroom and living areas.

All cabins can be configured as singles or doubles and have separate duvets for each passenger. Reflecting the line’s British heritage, all cabins have kettles, to boil water to make hot tea, plus a Nespresso machine. Other standard amenities include climate control, a large flat-screen TV, hair dryer, safe, telephone and mini-bar containing for-fee items. Complimentary water is not provided and costs 2.25 euros for a 25cl bottle and 3.75 euros for a 75cl bottle.

Each cabin has a full-length mirror and two closets with removable wooden hangers. One has a three-quarter length hanging space with two drawers beneath, and the second closet has half-length hanging space with two large open shelving units above. A good-sized dressing table/desk, with a padded stool, runs along the length of the wall between the two closets and also has shallow drawers. Cabins also have a free-standing table and two easy chairs. There is room to stow suitcases beneath the beds and two hooks on the back of the door are handy for hanging coats and other items. Two umbrellas are also supplied in every cabin.

Other fixtures and fittings include bedside cabinets with a drawer and open shelf for storing smaller items, and there are individual reading lights on each side of the bed. The onboard voltage is 220 volts with U.K. three-pin sockets, so North American and other overseas passengers need to bring adapters for their electronic devices. Cabins have a good number of well-placed sockets, along with USB ports, and there is an iHome device that incorporates a clock, alarm and can be connected to passengers' iPhones, iPads or iPods. A daily program, outlining the following day's timetable, including shore excursions, mealtimes and other activities, is left in the cabin during the nightly turn-down service.

The TV, which includes a bow cam conveying live images of the ship's progress, has a variety of channels including Sky News International, CNN, BBC World and a number of British and foreign-language channels.

Bathrooms are lovely with a quality marble-topped vanity unit, well-lit mirror and a large walk-in shower accessed by a door. There is a rainfall overhead shower and one height-adjustable nozzle, which can be used fixed or handheld. An open shelf, between the shower and basin, provides plenty of storage space and a nice touch is the vase containing a red rose on arrival. There is more storage space in the area around the wash basin, which also has open shelves and cupboards beneath (it initially took us a while to locate the waste bin, which is fixed inside one of the cupboard doors). There are several towel racks and a fixed shaving/makeup mirror along with a shaver socket. Small bottles of Crabtree & Evelyn shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion, plus shower caps, are provided and replenished as required.

There are no specially adapted or wheelchair-accessible cabins.

Riverview: MS Robert Burns' 78 standard staterooms are divided between the Emerald (lower), Ruby (middle) and Diamond (upper) Decks. The 16 cabins on the Emerald Deck measure 172 square feet and have a large fixed window that cannot be opened.

French Balcony: The other standard cabins -- 35 on the Ruby Deck and 27 on the Diamond Deck -- are identical and measure 183 square feet. They all have floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open onto a French balcony, where passengers can lean over and look out as opposed to walking out. Bathrobes are supplied in these cabins on request and passengers can obtain them by contacting reception.

Superior Suite: The six Superior Suites -- two on the Ruby Deck and the remainder on the Diamond Deck -- all measure 247 square feet. They are unusual as, unlike all the other cabins, the beds face the river, making them an attractive choice for passengers who want to relax in bed and watch the passing riverscape. These suites are situated at the end of corridors with 201 and 202 near the main restaurant, 301 and 302 close to reception and 334 and 335 next to the Bistro dining venue at the aft of the ship. Passengers in these suites get robes and slippers supplied in the cabin.

Deluxe Balcony Suite: These four suites, the largest on the vessel at 269 square feet, are situated midship on the Diamond Deck. The extra space provides a larger bathroom and living area, the latter with additional seating and bigger wooden oval table. Each suite has a walk-out glass-fronted veranda with two comfortable mesh-backed chairs, with arms, and a rectangular wooden table that can hold drinks and small items such as books. Robes and slippers are supplied in the cabin.

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