Jean and Ken Rush
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

All cabins have twin beds -- which can be converted into double -- private facilities with bath and/or shower, air conditioning, TV, hair dryer and safe. Suites have a bath with shower over, and fridge. All cabins have 220V electricity and are fitted with U.K. three-pin plugs as well as European two-pin plugs. Bathrooms are fitted with 110v and 220v shaver sockets. All electrical items brought onboard should be checked with reception prior to use, and for safety reasons the use of travel irons and kettles in cabins is currently prohibited. This will change in November 2015, when most cabins will be equipped with tea and coffee making facilities.

The cabins are neat and spotlessly clean and comfortable. The smaller cabins in particular are somewhat spartan -- or minimalist, depending on one's viewpoint -- although quite spacious. The ship has 270 cabins in all, 87 percent with ocean views, including 35 suites, 30 with balconies.

Editor's note: From October 2015 there will be11 grades of cabin in total, from standard inside to Owner's Suite.

An impressive range of current film hits, TV channels and documentaries can be viewed in all cabins.

Interior: Inside standard cabins on the lower Raleigh Deck are a minimum of 142 square feet) and inside superior staterooms on the Livingstone (Deck 2) and Columbus (Deck 3) are a minimum of 127 square feet). They all have two single beds, bathroom with small shower, complimentary toiletries consisting of shower cap, nail file, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel and conditioner. Inside deluxe cabins on the Promenade Deck (Deck 5) (minimum 124 square feet) have all the above amenities plus bath robes and slippers, Champagne on arrival, fruit basket, and, new from November, tea and coffee making facilities, premium toiletries, iPod/iPhone docking station and DVD player, daily cocktail and canapes.

Oceanview: Outside standard cabins on the Raleigh Deck (minimum 122 square feet) have a porthole window, bathroom with small shower, complimentary toiletries as above. Outside superior Livingstone Deck cabins (minimum 108 square feet) have all the above amenities, plus premium toiletries, iPod/iPhone docking station and DVD player, sparkling wine on arrival. Outside superior view Columbus Deck cabins (minimum 129 square feet) have a picture window, bathrobes and slippers, fruit basket, premium toiletries, iPod/iPhone docking station and DVD player, and sparkling wine on arrival. Outside deluxe Promenade Deck cabins (minimum 214 square feet) have a sitting area with two chairs and a window, bathroom with bath and shower over bathrobes and slippers, Champagne on arrival, fruit basket and flowers, premium toiletries, iPod/iPhone docking station and DVD player, and daily complimentary mineral water.

Junior Suite: Promenade Deck suites (minimum 257 square feet) have a sitting room (one sofa) and window, bathroom with bath and shower over, refrigerator, bathrobes and slippers, Champagne on arrival, fruit basket and flowers, chauffeur service (optional), daily canapes, premium toiletries, iPad/iPhone docking station and DVD player, airport meet and greet (optional), daily complimentary mineral water, and daily cocktail.

Balcony Suite: The Promenade Deck cabins (minimum 216 square feet) have a sitting room, window and balcony, bathroom with bath and shower over, refrigerator, bathrobes and slippers, Champagne on arrival, fruit basket and flowers, chauffeur service (optional), daily canapes, premium toiletries, premium bed linen and towels, choice of pillows, iPad/iPhone docking station and DVD player, airport meet and greet (optional), priority boarding, daily complimentary mineral water, fully stocked minibar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter), daily cocktail.

Balcony Suite With Spa Bath: Situated on the upper Bridge Deck (Deck 6) these cabins measure a minimum of 303 square feet) and have a sitting room, window and balcony, bathroom with whirlpool bath and shower over, bathrobes and slippers, champagne on arrival, fruit basket and flowers, chauffeur service (optional), daily canapes, premium bed linen and towels, premium toiletries, choice of pillows, iPod/iPhone docking station and DVD player, laundry service, airport meet and greet (optional), priority boarding, a dinner at officers' table, daily complimentary mineral water and daily cocktail.

Owner's Suite: The Bridge Deck suite (approx. 342 square feet) has a sitting room, window and balcony, bathroom with whirlpool bath and shower over, bathrobes and slippers, Champagne on arrival, fruit basket and flowers, chauffeur service (optional), daily canapes, premium bed linen and towels, premium toiletries, choice of pillows, iPod/iPhone docking station and DVD player, laundry service, airport meet and greet (optional), priority embarkation/disembarkation, a dinner at officers' table, daily complimentary mineral water and daily cocktail.

From November 2015 inside deluxe cabins, and all oceanview cabins will have tea and coffee making facilities, and all suites will have Illy coffee machines. At the same time butler service will be introduced in the Balcony Suite with Spa Bath staterooms and the Owner's Suite.

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