By Dan Benedict
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Cabins on Discovery are a throwback to an earlier, simpler time -- not that there's anything wrong with that, it just takes some getting used to. "Basic" is the keyword here. No balconies. No butlers. No suites large enough to park Humvees or race greyhounds in. Twenty percent of cabins -- a high number these days -- are insides.

So, it's pretty easy to narrow down your choice of cabins. Inside or outside? One or two beds, or will you also be needing the pull-down berth or fold-out couch? Little, medium-sized or big bed? Low or high deck? Bow, stern, or midship? There are actually a few cabins for single travelers. All of the staterooms were remodeled with the rest of the ship.

One owner's suite has a king-size bed; the junior suites have queen-size bed; and other staterooms have queen, double or twin beds. The five owners suites are 430 square ft., 12 junior suites are 305 to 310 square ft. and oceanview deluxe suites range from 226 to 240 square ft., The oceanview single occupancy suites, oceanview superior and inside superior staterooms are larger than the 135-square-ft. standard oceanview and inside staterooms, although still smaller than 200 square ft. If you don't want twin beds, you need to specify that when you make your reservations -- unlike newer ships, not all twin bed sets can be reconfigured into a double bed.

Suites include a sofa, mini-bar, refrigerator and fruit bowl, with sparkling wine thrown in for the junior suite and champagne and flowers for the owner's suite. All staterooms have a TV, safe and built-in hair dryers. Suites, outside deluxe and outside superior staterooms on the Bridge and Promenade Decks have picture windows, although the views on the Bridge Deck (including the suites) are partially or fully obstructed by the ship's tenders or lifeboats. Outside staterooms on the Pacific Deck have two windows, and outside staterooms on the Bali and Coral Decks have two portholes.

All suites and staterooms have a private bathroom and include toiletries. All suites, plus staterooms on the Promenade Deck, offer a bathtub-shower combination; others are shower only.

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