The Cabin (and how to upgrade)


My initial choice was a "B" category cabin (number 38) on the Sun Deck. Finding it was not a problem, since very helpful and friendly ushers ush you right to your cabin.

Now, I have heard a lot of grumbling in various reviews about how confusing this ship is because not all elevators go to all decks, but you have to understand that it was built as a 3-Class Liner, NOT as a cruise ship. Once you get used to which elevators go where, you'll have no problem.

It was a great cabin, nicely decorated with an Hawaiian motif, and very roomy (lots of room for luggage too). The cabin attendant had done a great job and it looked spotless.  I don't know if it was the island air that got to me, or the excitement of the journey ahead, but something was telling me "what the heck, why not live a little? Upgrade!"  So, I  went down to the Purser's Office on the Aloha deck and in a matter of minutes (and some extra dollars, of course) was installed in a category "A" suite on the same deck. (I was later to find out that these were the original first class cabins).

The suite had a separate sun room, and came complete with a fridge and monogrammed bathrobes.  It also had a larger bathroom.  The purser pointed out that the cabin had an "obstructed" view, which in our case meant that there was a staircase (or to use the nautical term: "ladder") that took up about 1/8 of our window-space (barely noticeable, but thanks for the warning).

There were two decks above us.  The Boat Deck has AAA, A, B and C class staterooms, and was the former Officers Quarters.  The Bridge Deck has only six exclusive AA "Solarium" Suites.

Now, I don't know if this is just a ship-thing, but there was no TV in either of the rooms I was in -- this may be a problem if you're a TV junkie.  In the end, I was very glad I chose the cabin I did because I really enjoyed the sunrises and the sea breezes from the comfort of my cabin, and despite only being in my room to sleep, I did appreciate the spaciousness.

Incidentally, the beds were extremely comfortable and each room has its own air conditioning control.  The one thing missing was the lack of designated NON-SMOKING cabins.  Not that I noticed the stench of burnt coffin-nails, but it would have been nice to know that the previous occupant was as fastidious about his lungs as I am.


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Here's a picture of my cabin. (Okay, so it's already a bit lived-in, but Greg, our cabin attendant, made sure it looked as good as new every day.) There's a king-sized bed in the foreground.  You can see the door to the sunroom, which was nicely furnished with three wicker chairs and very large windows.  The cabin was blissfully quiet, could not hear the neighbors, and the people walking by on the deck outside were no nuisance at all.