My husband likes really nice hotel rooms and this is his first cruise. I'm a little concerned that the age of the boat is going to show. The pictures I've seen on the web don't look that nice. We are getting an outside stateroom.
Are you talking the ritz or Holiday Inn nice? Remember.. the only really plush cabins are suites or penthouse. All the rest of them are nice rooms not on the large side. Most people don't spend much time in the cabins except to sleep and change.
Hotel rooms do not compare to cabins.. its just not the same thing or the same type of vacation. If he has to have the nicest floor space then your going to pay extra for the suite or penthouse.
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We also like really nice hotel rooms. But I don't really think you are comparing apples to apples when comparing a cabin on a cruise ship against a hotel room.
We evaluate our cruise ship cabins based on how clean and well maintained they are. Based on these criteria, I consider the cabins on Elation to be fine. The decor in the cabins is not "trendy," but it is clean and well maintained. In addition, all of the bedding and mattresses have been updated and are very comfortable.
Some of the older Fantasy class ships have completely refurbished cabins. You may want to consider these if decor is an important factor. I don't know all of the ones that have been done, but I believe Fantasy and Ecstasy are two of them.
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I travel a lot and spend a lot of time in hotels. The difference, in my opinion, is that in a hotel you spend most of your time in the room not the lobby. On a ship, you spend little time in the room and a lot of time exploring and enjoying all the activities onboard. While the room won't look like the Hilton, the rest of the ship will more than make up for it.
The cabins on the Elation were very clean and well kept. We had no complaints about anything on the Elation. If fact if she wasn't moving to CA we would have sail her again on this next cruise. The bedding is to die for. I wish I had that bed in my house
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