By Chris Gray Faust
Cruise Critic Managing Editor
3.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

The cabins on Lady G are where you see the ship's age, for good and bad. The bad is decor; blonde wood, low-lying beds and scuffed furniture remind one of a dorm room. The good? Built in the years before mega-ships, the cabins actually feel more spacious than what you find on new-builds.

Standard cabins are comfortable and practical, and even the smallest feature a tiny sitting area with a sofa and coffee table. Storage space is generous, with hanging racks and shelving in the closets (one closet door didn't want to close for us, but we didn't hear anyone else complaining of broken doors), drawers and more shelves in the desks/vanities, and nightstands. Beds are twins that can be combined into a king, although in an unusual twist, they are so low to the ground that we couldn't put our suitcase underneath them (we put ours in the closet). The only outlets in the room are on the vanity, far from the bedside. Two are American and one is European.

Cabins provide phones, safes and hair dryers (although the latter barely gets the job done; you might want to bring your own). In-cabin flat-screen TVs have a fairly expansive listing that includes CNN, Fox News, CNN Headline News, ESPN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Travel Channel, Turner Classic Movies and three movie channels. (They would be easier to watch if they were hung on the wall opposite the bed instead of on the vanity several feet away.)

Bathrooms have decent storage, though the showers only have one shelf and a clingy curtain. Toiletries are limited to hand soap and a mystery substance (shampoo? body wash?) in an unmarked dispenser in the shower.

Cabin service was unobtrusive -- we never met our steward -- yet meticulous. We thoroughly enjoyed the imaginative towel creatures that came with turn-down service.

Interior: Two categories of inside cabins range in size from 136 to 145 square feet. Some come with pulldown beds for third and fourth passengers, or a sofa bed that pulls out (though all cabins have sofas). Connecting cabins are also available.

Oceanview: Standard outside cabins measure 151 square feet. Some come with pulldown beds for third and fourth passengers, or a sofa bed for extra people, and connecting cabins are also available.

Balcony: Standard balcony cabins (called "superior oceanviews") are 191 square feet with 39-square-foot balconies. Several have double sofa beds, allowing the cabins to accommodate four passengers. Balconies are each furnished with two chairs and a small table.

Junior Suite: The Junior Suite (at 247 square feet with a 74-square-foot balcony) is essentially an expanded balcony cabin with a larger sitting area (sofa plus comfy chair) and a bathroom with a bathtub.

Suite: There are four suite categories on Grandeur of the Seas. Grand Suites (349 square feet, 111-square-foot balcony) have more of a distinction between the sleeping and sitting areas -- the latter of which has a sofa bed -- and a larger foyer area. This is the first category to get extra perks.

The Owner's Suite (517 square feet, 111-square-foot balcony) has a separate living area with a double-sized sofa bed and several lounge chairs. The Royal Suite (1,119 square feet, 128-square-foot balcony) has a king-sized bed in a separate bedroom, a large living room with a double-sized sofa bed, a baby grand piano and a whirlpool bathtub.

Two suite categories are intended for families. The Family Junior Suite (470 square feet with 75-square-foot balcony) sleeps six with two sets of twin beds (one of which can convert into a king), a set of bunk beds and a double sofa bed in the living room. The Royal Family Suite (517 square feet with a 79-square-foot balcony) features two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with a shower, the other with a tub) and a double sofa bed and a pulldown bed in the living room. It can accommodate up to eight people.

A Concierge Lounge, carved out of the Viking Crown Lounge, is open to all suite passengers and Diamond Plus Crown & Anchor loyalty program members. Amenities include continental breakfast (served daily from 8 to 10 a.m.), hors d'oeuvres and petits fours served in the evening, a self-service bar (no fee), movies and CDs to borrow, and business services (faxing and copying for a fee). A concierge can assist passengers in making reservations for specialty dining and shore excursions; spa and salon appointments; pre-ordering wine at dinner; and arranging private parties. Diamond Crown & Anchor members have their own lounge in the back corner of the South Pacific Lounge, with similar services.

Other perks for suite passengers include priority check-in and departure, priority tender, spa bathrobes and complimentary pressing.

Wheelchair-accessible cabins come in several categories: insides (258 square feet), outsides (262 square feet), balconies (350 square feet with 39-square-foot balconies) and suites (347 square feet with 74-square-foot balconies). These cabins feature open bed frames, wider entry doors, space to turn, lowered vanities and closet rods, and bathrooms with wider doors, roll-in showers with fold-down benches, grab bars, raised toilets and lowered sinks.

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