By Jane Archer
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

There are 964 cabins, ranging from insides and oceanviews to balcony rooms and suites. Six cabins have disabled access. Sizes range from 11 square metres (118 sqare ft.) for inside cabins to 42.5 square metres (457 square ft.) for suites. Outside cabins are 13.5 square metres (145 square ft.) and balcony cabins are 18.4 square metres (198 square ft.), including the veranda.

All rooms have mini-bars, safes, hair dryers and old-fashioned, chunky TV's, which get satellite news stations and play about half a dozen films during a seven-night cruise, each in a different language every day. For instance, "Sex in the City" was on in English in Fujairah, in German in Dubai, in Italian in Bahrain and so on. The days and films didn't always correspond, so if there was one you really wanted to see, it was worth switching on the TV each day to check.

The bathrooms in the standard inside, outside and balcony cabins have toilets, basins and showers. No toiletries are provided.

Suite passengers get all of the above, plus pillow menus, bathrobes and slippers, and lunch and dinner menus are delivered each day. Bathrooms have showers and tubs, and toiletries are provided.

Standard cabins with balconies are on Decks 9 and 10, and mini-suites with balconies are on Decks 11 and 12. Suites do not have balconies. Balconies come with a couple of upright chairs and small tables -- ideal for watching the sea go by, but they're no good if you want to sunbathe. Our cabin had plenty of storage space for a week or two at sea, but also had a dire shortage of plugs. That was probably not an issue when the ship was built in 1996, but it is now, as we all have cameras, mobile phones, iPods and laptops to charge. My cabin had one European-style plug and one American, flat-pin plug, so at least there was a choice, but they were so close to each other that you could only ever use one at a time anyway.

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Deck:
Nabucco Deck
Bohème Deck
Manon Deck
Carmen Deck
Otello Deck
Tosca Deck
Norma Deck
Rigoletto Deck
Butterfly Deck
Solarium Deck

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