By Ashley Kosciolek
Cruise Critic Editor
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

All 751 cabins are accessed with plastic, hotel-style punch cards (separate from the card used for onboard purchases), so passengers will need to carry two cards around with them. Room service is complimentary, and towels and soaps are provided in ensuite bathrooms. There's also a safe, hair dryer, telephone, daily cleaning and nightly turndown service in each cabin. The traditional cruise ship towel animals appear on beds in the evenings.

Be warned that cabins are far from soundproof; you can clearly hear your neighbors' conversations, as well as those of anyone chatting in the hallway near your door. (That means everyone else can hear you, too.)

Also note that, since this ship was formerly aimed at European passengers, you'll want to bring an outlet adapter if you'll need to plug in more than one device or appliance at a time. In our suite, there were five European-style outlets and only one U.S.-style one (two if you count the "shavers only" one in the bathroom).

Grand Celebration does not have family cabins or adjoining cabins, but there are 18 accessible cabins, two of which are suites. Only 12 cabins on the vessel have balconies, and they are in the suite categories; four of these balconies offer views obstructed by lifeboats. One could argue that since the ship is designed for short cruises, balconies aren't as necessary as those with longer itineraries. However, balconies are a hot ticket on newer vessels, and it is one area that shows the ship's age. On the upside, standard cabins are some of the largest at sea, and the majority of the vessel's cabins (61 percent) are ocean-view.

Interior: At 172 square feet, interior cabins are extremely spacious but decor is fairly dull, with maroon carpet and tan walls that display forgettable artwork. There are reading lights above the beds, wooden nightstands, tube (not flat-screen) televisions, hair dryers, a 115-volt and 220-volt outlet, and vanity space with large mirrors and a desk chair. Some cabins have Pullman (or rollaway) beds that can accommodate up to four people, which is the only family option. Closets are fairly large with hangers and storage space, and bathrooms are ample size with mirrors above sinks, and shampoo and body-wash dispensers mounted to shower stalls.

Ocean-view: These cabins are slightly larger than the interior cabins (181 square feet), and contain extremely large windows and curtains to adjust the light. Amenities are the same as the interior cabins, and the rooms have a similar simple decor. Some of these cabins can also accommodate four passengers. There are no standard cabins with balconies.

Suite: The 14 suite cabins are in a separate area of Deck 11 that feels like a completely different section of the ship -- but doesn't have the exclusivity features (like lounges or key-activated entry) found in other cruise lines' suite enclaves. The entrance is marked by a glass door, faux striped-wood walls, and mirrors lining the hall, making it stand out from other hallways.

The suites have newer designs and are broken up into three categories: Terrace Suites (303 square feet), Deluxe Terrace Suites (346 square feet) and Grand Terrace Suites (423 square feet). The layout is slightly different in each, but decor includes light, oak-colored faux wood walls with modern nightstand lamps, plenty of mirrors, and frosted glass walls separating the bed from living area. There's also a pull-out couch, small table and walk-in closet that are almost too roomy for a two-night cruise. Suites have stocked mini-fridges with water, soda and alcohol (for an additional charge), and passengers receive fruit baskets upon arrival. Bathrooms with oddly dim lighting have jetted tubs (high sides can pose a problem for those with mobility issues) with shower heads; trendy, partial-glass shower walls that allow water to spray everywhere (be sure to put down a towel); and individual bath products (instead of mounted dispensers). Large, private balconies are each outfitted with two white mesh lounge chairs facing the ocean and a small table for drinks. Strangely, the tables are high enough for dining, but the height difference between the loungers and the tabletop makes it a little awkward. We were puzzled by the chilly temperature in our cabin, and we were unable to locate any climate controls.

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