By Gregory Straub
Cruise Critic Contributor
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

The cabins on Costa Romantica are lovely but are showing signs of wear. Inside and outside cabins are identical in size and layout. Outside cabins have large circular windows (like portholes but big!). Both have twin beds that can be combined into a queen-sized bed, separated or flanked by night tables with drawers. There is a desk/vanity with drawers, a chair and a large mirror, a club chair and ottoman, and a coffee table. There is a credenza with refrigerator (containing a stocked minibar) and topped by a small analog television set, and there is a table, suitable for a room service tray.

Each room has a large photo tapestry. The cabins are paneled in cherry veneer, which gives the rooms a warm tone. There's pinpoint inset lighting and a reading light (not very bright) over each bed. There is ample closet and drawer space, but the hangers are large and plastic, and cannot be used outside the closet. There is a combination safe and a built-in hair dryer. Bathrooms are of stunning Milanese style, but quite small. Pocket doors separate the bathroom from the cabin. The circular shower stalls are tight. There is vanity storage and good lighting. The toiletries are minimal: a bar of soap and a dispenser of shower gel/shampoo in the shower. In the European manner there are no washcloths.

Television offered satellite feeds in many languages, but the only one in English was BBC World (Asia). There was also a movie each day, repeated continuously. This was shown in the language of the country in which the film had been produced and, on other channels, dubbed into one of the other four languages. (The televisions were not interactive, nor could one receive or send e-mail from them.)

Costa Romantica also features so-called panorama suites, which are tiered accommodations with a bedroom level above a sitting room level with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the sea. Ten of the panorama suites have small, semicircular balconies with latticed teak decks, two teak deck chairs and a table. The balcony railings are solid, which means there's no sea view for passengers seated in the cabin. The bathrooms are larger than in other cabins and contain Jacuzzi tubs. There are two interior single cabins, and many cabins can accommodate third and fourth passengers in bunks that are recessed in the ceiling. There are handicapped cabins in a variety of price ranges that have accessible bathrooms with wide doors, low doorsills and roll-in showers (with seats). There are handrails in the cabin and bathroom, wheelchair-height mirrors and call buttons to summon help.

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Copenhagen Deck
London Deck
Paris Deck
Verona Deck
Vienna Deck
Madrid Deck
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Biarritz Deck
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