- Pro: Old-style cruising with traditions such as set dining times, dressing up and afternoon tea
- Con: Passengers under 60 and families will feel out of place
- Bottom Line: Perfect if you are of a certain age and after a quintessentially British experience
In all, there are 21 categories of accommodations, ranging from 140-square-foot singles to the four 550-square-foot Premier Suites and one 736-square-foot Owner's Suite. All suites come with balconies, and all cabins come equipped with private baths or showers, hair dryers, flat-screen colour TVs, safes, desks and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Bathrooms vary considerably according to cabin grade, but all come with shower gel/shampoo in refillable dispensers in the showers, and soap gel in similar dispensers by the wash basins.
Bathrooms, carpets and soft furnishings are regularly renewed, though some of the cabins with portholes do reflect the vessel's age.
Four cabins on the Lido Deck (Deck 7) are equipped for disabled passengers.
Inside: The 17 inside cabins, graded N, are roomy (140 square feet) doubles in a modern blue colour scheme with compact bathrooms that offer power showers.
Outside: All outside cabins are 160 square feet and have picture windows, except for categories D, E, F, some K and L, which have portholes. All have two single beds (convertible to a double), a small desk, a fixed wall table and plenty of wardrobe space. Thirty have bathtubs (though these are slowly being replaced with just showers).
Balcony: Balcony cabins (160 square feet) all have private verandahs, though sizes vary -- sometimes within cabin grade -- due to the age of the ship. Many balcony cabins have obstructed views, due to the position of the lifeboats, so check the deck plans very carefully before booking if a balcony is important to you.
Suites: There are 25 Balcony Suites, all on Deck 8. They vary in shape and view. The majority are square shaped and come in between 200 and 215 square feet, but three -- although the same square footage -- are L-shaped, with long balconies and in some cases partially restricted views. Each Balcony Suite has a separate sitting area with a sofa and a 'plunge' chair and small table, and all bar one have bathtubs. The L-shaped rooms have a separate bath and toilet area. Two balcony suites are four-berth cabins, and nine are three-berth cabins. The L-shaped Balcony Suites have 83-square-foot balconies; the rest have 43-square-foot balconies.
There are 10 Superior Suites -- nine on Deck 9 and one on Deck 8. They measure 275 square feet and consist of a small living area with a sofa, two chairs and a small table, and a marble bathroom. Balconies are 54 square feet. One Superior Suite is a four-berth cabin.
Also on Deck 9, the Marquee Suites come in at 440 square feet, each with a 63-square-foot balcony. The only difference between the six Marquee suites and the Premier Suites is the lack of a dining space; the rest of the room and the features are the same.
Set high up on the Marquee Deck (Deck 9), each Premier Suite offers a separate bedroom with a desk and a good-sized bathroom that includes a bathtub with shower and two separate washbasins. There is plenty of storage and good hanging space. A wide corridor, which has room enough for a small dining table, leads into the living room, which has a DVD/CD player alongside a colour TV, and both a mini-bar and refrigerator. The balcony is 96 square feet and has two chairs and a table.
Situated on Deck 8, below the Bridge on the starboard side, the 736-square-foot Owner's Suite is huge and is not advertised; it has to be requested. The owner -- Fred. Olsen Junior -- is also often onboard.
The suite consists of three separate rooms and a large, wide balcony, which spans the length of the living room and bedroom. You enter via a separate door into a small hallway which gives onto the living room, which consists of two sofas and a coffee table, a wet bar, a coffee-making machine, a fridge and a large flat-screen TV and DVD player. The balcony is accessed from here. The living room leads into the master bedroom and a separate bathroom, with tub. There is a second smaller bedroom with its own bathroom with tub. The suite is also Wi-Fi-enabled.
All suites come with the 'Suite Dreams' package, which includes a pair of binoculars, umbrellas, a set of beach towels, a fruit basket replenished daily, a welcome bottle of fizz, a bathrobe and slippers, and complimentary shuttle tickets.
Solo: There are 48 single cabins -- a whopping 10 per cent of the total number of cabins, across most categories. Superior Single Balcony Cabins and Single Balcony Cabins (both 150 square feet) also have private verandas, each with two chairs and a table. The cruise line also offers very generous discounts on double cabins with single occupancy, reflecting very much the line's demographic.
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