River Royale has a split-level design, which means half-staircases lead from the reception area through the ship. The 26 Category 1 staterooms (140 square feet) and sole suite (217 square feet) are on La Gironde Deck (upper deck). These staterooms are the only ones with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors onto French balconies.
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There are 26 Category 2 staterooms (151 square feet) and three similarly sized Category 3 staterooms on the Bordeaux Deck (middle deck). These staterooms have picture windows. The remaining nine Category 3 staterooms (151 square feet) are on La Durance Deck (lower deck). These staterooms have two portholes each, rather than balconies or picture windows, so the natural light is reduced.
The stateroom color scheme varies by deck -- blue on La Gironde Deck, cherry on Bordeaux Deck and gold on La Durance Deck. In each cabin, the wallpaper on the padded wall behind the bed is an exact match for the curtain fabric, and it's of the highest quality. All the monogrammed sheets and pillowcases (showing the Uniworld logo) reflect the color scheme of each deck, as well. Walls opposite the French balconies, windows or portholes are white with, each with an Impressionist-style painting.
All staterooms have handcrafted twin beds from Savoir of England, a wide variety of pillow options, Egyptian cotton sheets and cozy duvets. Each has three wardrobes -- one with shelves and two with an ample supply of hangars for maximum storage. There are also two drawers under the beds, where bulky luggage can be stored. Furnishings include two bedside tables with two drawers, and a dressing countertop at the end of the bed, with a large mirror above and a stool beside. A hair dryer and computer keyboard (for use with accompanying Internet-enabled TV) are stored in a drawer below the countertop. An occasional table, with two matching colored chairs, is topped with an ice bucket and tray of fresh fruit and berries, which is refreshed daily.
Other amenities include a safe, a telephone, an alarm clock and adjustable reading lights. Decanters of fresh water are replenished daily; a tray of chocolates invites nibbling. Lighting in the staterooms is easily adjustable with dimmer switches and doesn't require a degree in design technology to operate -- unlike some other modern river cruise vessels. A flat-screen television is set on the mirrored wall above the countertop. Channels include CNN, BBC World, CNBC Europe, Bloomberg, News 24, Euronews, France 24 (in English), National Geographic, Discovery, HBO, Fox and TCM. There are also videos and music on demand, free Wi-Fi, information services, games and onboard information.
The bathrooms each have a toilet and large glass-enclosed shower with powerful showerhead and easy mixing taps. L'Occitane shower gel and shampoo are in dispensers. The washbasin with brown marble surround has traditional taps. L'Occitane hand wash and body lotion is in dispensers. There's a large mirror and magnifying mirror. Lighting from two column lights is good. The high-quality monogrammed towels are fluffy and replenished in the morning and evening on request. Upscale terrycloth robes are available for onboard use, as well.
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