Unusual things you might find in your cruise cabin
The modern cruise cabin is decked out with all the amenities you could need from a floating hotel room – whether you have an inside cabin on a 6000-capacity ocean cruiser or the premium suite on a luxury ship. As such, it’s no wonder cruise lines are trying to push the boundaries of what they can offer – illustrated by suites such as the ‘Regent’ on Regent Seven Seas’ new Splendor luxury vessel. With all the forward-pushing advancements, there’s bound to be some unusual things turn up – here we’ve rounded up a few for you to peruse…
Virgin’s highly anticipated foray into the cruise market didn’t disappoint – the 2,770 capacity Scarlet Lady, built at Italy’s famous Fincantieri shipyard, wowed VIP visitors in Dover on her maiden voyage to home port Miami. Read about our visit here and here.
Located atop the ships bridge, Scarlet Lady’s two Massive Suites cover 2,417 square feet each, and feature a circular couch, bath and dressing room area, hot tub, two wardrobes, and shower with ocean view. As well as all of this, the suites contain their very own music rooms, complete with an amplifier and – you guessed it – guitars! A nod to Virgin’s roots in the music business, the music rooms double as an extra bedroom. The suite itself gives guests complimentary access to the Redemption Spa Thermal suite, complimentary drinks, and access to a hair and makeup crew, ensuring the ‘Rockstar’ service that Virgin Voyages promises to deliver.
Disney are famed for their ability to create dreamlike worlds – from Fantasia to Frozen – and the same can be said of their cruise ships. On board Dream and Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line ensured the magic was perpetuated throughout the ship, all the way to the interior cabins. Traditionally, interior cabins are known for being darker than their balcony and window counterparts. Disney have combatted this issue with ‘magical portholes’. Offering a view of the outside world in real-time, the portholes are LED TV screens positioned above the bed that livestream the ships surroundings from cameras fixed to exterior of the ship. The camera position corresponds to the location of the stateroom, changing view depending on whether the cabin is port or starboard, from bow to stern. To add that sprinkling of Disney magic, characters from the films appear from time to time, including Rapunzel from Tangled, Mr Potato Head from Toy Story, or The Little Mermaid’s Flounder.
There’s only one cruise ship upon which you can bring your furry friends – and that’s Cunard Queen Mary 2. While cruisers are not technically allowed to bring their pets into the cabins, they can take pets on board, where they’ll be looked after in style on the affectionately named ‘poop’ deck. The deck features a New York City fire hydrant, and a British lamppost from the Cunard building in Liverpool, to ensure dogs from around the world feel comfortable doing their business on board!
The vessel features 24 onboard kennels complete with comfortable bed and blanket, along with play areas and an owner’s lounge, and a dedicated kennel master. Cats have a slightly less luxury cruise, not being allowed outside (for obvious reasons), but owners are still able to visit and play with their pets inside.
Each dog taken outside is assigned a staff member to take care of any emergencies, and is provided with a life jacket and, if a hat-wearing type, a Cunard-branded red hat.