Gregory Straub
Cruise Critic Contributor
5.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Deutschland may have the most beautiful cabins afloat. Each is paneled in white painted wood with crown molding. Wainscoting, dressers and closets are burled hardwood. The door to the bathroom is a beveled and etched full length mirror. Original art is framed in gilt and lighted with picture lights. There are brass sconces on the walls. Every room has a mini-bar with water, juice and beer (all at a price), a keyed safe, keyed drawers for small storage, two or three closets with many wooden hangers and shelves, a shoe brush and horn, sewing kit, umbrella (nice touch, this), terry robe and slippers, hairdryer and television (not flat-screen or interactive).

The bathroom is tiled and has an Italian marble surround. Toiletries are by Molton Brown and consist of shampoo, shower gel and skin cream. There is bar soap and liquid soap. There are large absorbent cotton wash cloths and towels. (A European touch: The stewardess places a Turkish towel on the floor beside the bed each evening.) Another of Peter Deilmann's nods to the pas: The cabin keys are just that, keys that hang on hooks just inside the cabin door. How I longed for a key card that served as my room key, boarding pass and onboard credit card! Instead, I carried an onboard credit card, a room key, a safe key and could have carried up to three drawer keys!

There are two power outlets in each cabin. The one in the bathroom accommodates both European twin prong and American twin prong appliances, and is meant for shavers and toothbrushes. There is also a European, 220 volt, two-prong outlet in the cabin. If you want to use an American laptop, for example, you must have a transformer/adapter. Reception has a limited number of these to lend, but beware: The transformer accommodates only two-prong American plugs, not grounded, three-prong plugs. If you need a three-prong adapter, you must bring it.

There are three main categories of cabin: standard, comfort and classic, and these come in both inside and outside versions. (Each is a little larger than its predecessor, and standard and classic have one bed and a sofa bed.) Note: Unlike most ships where twins beds are convertible to queen size, on Deutschland beds are twin or queen and not convertible. Be sure you book what you want, and if you are offered an upgrade, make sure it has the bed configuration you wish.

Outside cabins have picture windows, but otherwise are identical to inside cabins of the same category. Standard cabins have an upholstered stool. Comfort and classic cabins have one upholstered chair and one upholstered stool. Luxury cabins (outside only) have two upholstered chairs. Basic suites are one room and have an etched glass panel that separates the bed from the sitting area. Grande Suites are true, two room suites with a sitting room and a bedroom. There are two suites that have balconies: the Executive Suite (formerly Bridal) and the Owner's Suite. Peter Deilmann deliberately chose not to have balconied cabins to encourage passengers to mingle on deck and to use public rooms. This is one of the owner's decisions you either love or hate. Given the trend in the industry to more balconied cabins, his may have been a shortsighted decision. It is only in the highest grade of suites that bathrooms have bathtubs. Suites have the same old-fashioned televisions as other cabins.

Here's some good news for singles: Deutschland has 36 single cabins, second in number only to QE2. There are standard and comfort singles, inside and outside. Several cruises each year are offered with no single supplement.

All suites are on Deck 8 (but there are also inside cabins on this deck), and persons who book suites are given a preference to dine in Vierjahreszeiten.

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