Substantially larger than a balcony stateroom, a mini-suite includes all the same amenities of a balcony stateroom, plus the added luxuries of a welcome glass of champagne, separate seating area, sofa bed, two flat screen televisions, marble top furniture, a closet and bathroom tub.
Very roomy and comfortable layout. Bed was super comfortable and provided for a great nights sleep. Our attendant was super attentive and everything was spotless and clean. They even wash the couch cushion covers. I am a borderline germophobe but I felt like I was at home in our cabin. The balcony was well appointed with chairs and table and made for a relaxing spot with amazing views. Read entire member review >>
The Cabin itself was very comfortable and provided exactly what we expected. The location on the main upper deck provided us with the convince of being where we wanted to be quickly without having to deal with elevators. The small size of the balcony was very disappointing but we have now learned about the sacrifices made in order to have an upper deck cabin. Read entire member review >>
When 1st looking at this cabin location you may be turned off but it turns out that it is great. Being forward on Deck-16 we were convenient to the forward elevator but never heard it and never had to wait for the next elevator when going down due to crowding. Also it is a straight shot down to the Princess Theater. You also need no elevator/stairs to get to the Horizon Cafe & pool area which we found extremely convenient.
Prior to departure we noted that mini-suite cabins are smaller than on other class ships which was disappointing. The balcony is tiny and impossible to fully utilize the furniture provided. The divider curtain between the bed and the sitting area is a welcome addition. Our cabin attendant was outstanding. Everything taken care of when and how it should occur. He was very responsive to our special requests throughout our voyage. Cabin service was equal to or better than Crystal and Oceania so Kudos.
The large screen TVs in the state rooms are nice but the transmission quality is too poor to provide a good picture, very grainy for many viewing options. The Princess cruises we have been on have had a majority of US passengers but the only sports channel available is ESPN Caribbean whose broadcast feature non-US preferred sports. You need programming to cater to your dominant US customer demographic. The ship location channel is excellent but the map of ports is centered on the TV screen and the 1/2 –screen overlay with current info in text covers the map making that half of the map impossible to see. Read entire member review >>
Not sure which category of Mini-Suite we had - we were Aloha 227. Our steward was very sharp and we always had a clean space. I like the new flat screens and TV/Movie on demand programming in the rooms (vs. the smaller table top screens and movies only when they were 'on' programming of old). LOVE that you could get your fill of 5 Love Boat episodes (memories!) and all of the current and then some movies and shows. One bummer that has been mentioned is that the decks/balconies are smaller on these newer boats so made it less fun to hang out there to watch the water. Also - bring your own hair and body products unless you want a combo shampoo and conditioner and body wash (instead of a bar of soap). Read entire member review >>
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