What special touches do you want in your cabin?

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Poll: If I were creating a cruise cabin, I'd most want these special touches:
Poll Results
If I were creating a cruise cabin, I'd most want these special touches:

Cotton balls, emory boards, Q-tips
384
27.79%

Handheld steamer
703
50.87%

Bathrooms with dual sinks
594
42.98%

Real plants
135
9.77%

In-cabin coffeemakers
700
50.65%

Aromatherapy steam showers
406
29.38%

Hair dryer menu
222
16.06%

Adjustable lighting with dimmers
763
55.21%

Key card storage shelf in entryway
527
38.13%

iPod docking station
339
24.53%

Multiple Choice Poll.

Voters: 1382.  You may not vote on this poll.

#1
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It's a truism in the cruise industry that most ship designers are men. It's another fact that women are generally the primary decision makers when it comes to booking a vacation. So in an effort to build a ship that appeals to females, Celebrity -- which is building the highly anticipated new Solstice -- created an advisory panel of women to, er, help its male designers create a cabin that addresses female preferences (read our report for the details).

In the spirit of nurturing the feminine sides of all of us (guys, too), we want to know: If you were creating the cruise ship cabin (let's make it standard with a verandah), what essential features or design concepts would you most want? The above list was compiled by a group of four women at Cruise Critic; you can vote for as many (or few) of our picks as you want. Some of them are serious -- we mean business -- and others are pie-in-sky wish lists!

Please note: In a couple of cases, a suggestion is already available on a limited basis (such as in-cabin coffeemakers -- European lines often have them and, of the North American cruise lines, NCL is an early adopter). We still include them because good ideas should be spread around.

And please feel free to offer your own suggestions in this thread!
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Chicago
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What a great post! I really think the key card holder and adjustible lighting are the big ones in my book!

Things like the ipod docking station and q-tips would be nice but not as high on my list.

I wasn't sure what a blow dryer menu was.
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Seattle, WA
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Is it too much to ask for a clock in the cabin? I never think that should be an 'extra special touch' for a cabin, but the only clock in the room is either on the phone or on the TV - not very easy to see......
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#4
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Definitely better lighting--I mean, low lights are great for setting a mood, but if I need to read something--I NEED LIGHT!!!!!!
Also, space! I like space! Start making the cabins a bit larger!
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Many of the items that listed we have in our suites on HAL.

But it would be nice to have a handheld steamer supplied by the cruise line.
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I agree with a clock. I would also like to see more power outlets.
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I think Gary Shandling did a whole monologue on this once.
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I wonder if the lack of clocks is because some cruises cross time zones? How would they make sure everyone had the correct time? Would it be the room steward's job to switch the clock?

Just think, if there was a clock in the room, and people didn't change the time, they would be blaming the cruiseline because they missed their shore excursion, dinner, shows, etc. I think that is why the cruiselines leave it up to you to check the time. They don't want to deal with the hassle unless it's say, on the TV where they can control the setting.

Just a thought, but I don't work for a cruiseline so I really don't know!
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DH and I do not book suites, usually go for inside cabin. Lack of space in the bathrooms is a pet peeve. Some ships have no storage space, other than what the stewards use for storing towels. We need space to hang towels and to stow our non-hanging supplies. Even the corner cabinets with doors help. Doesn't have to be fancy, just available. And I did vote for the double sinks. I'd rather have that than a tub, thanks.

Sure hope the ship designers take some of the suggestions to heart. It's hard to be in cramped quarters for the longer cruises.

Thanks for gathering the opinions!
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Originally posted by RachieLnnn
I wonder if the lack of clocks is because some cruises cross time zones? How would they make sure everyone had the correct time? Would it be the room steward's job to switch the clock?

Just think, if there was a clock in the room, and people didn't change the time, they would be blaming the cruiseline because they missed their shore excursion, dinner, shows, etc. I think that is why the cruiselines leave it up to you to check the time. They don't want to deal with the hassle unless it's say, on the TV where they can control the setting.

Just a thought, but I don't work for a cruiseline so I really don't know!
i was in a hotel and daylight savings started earlier this year, or ended later...whatever...the clock was wrong and i couldn't figure out how to change it....eventually it changed itself...there are some clocks and watches that are "smart"...maybe that is what they could have...
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Originally posted by megr1125
i was in a hotel and daylight savings started earlier this year, or ended later...whatever...the clock was wrong and i couldn't figure out how to change it....eventually it changed itself...there are some clocks and watches that are "smart"...maybe that is what they could have...

Funny, I used to travel a lot for business and youth soccer, and I always took my own travel clock. Why? Because I didn't want to have to worry about figuring out how the clock in the hotel room worked, or worry about setting it wrong and missing my wake-up time. I have one of those Oregon Scientific flat travel clocks that lights up when you push it. It costs like $10. I can't imagine why anyone who travels a lot would care about the cabin providing a clock.
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I could not vote for most of the things because having never heard of them, I had no idea what they were. I would think a clock in every cabin would be a help and a laundry on every deck. It is hard to travel for a longer cruise and not be able to wash your clothes. Having to send things out with your room steward only adds unneeded cost to the trip, when if there were laundries on every floor, you could do it yourself. Plenty of storage is important to me for clothes, shoes etc. and little hooks in your cabin room to hang a clothes line that will be used for drying hand wash.
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Originally posted by megr1125
there are some clocks and watches that are "smart"...maybe that is what they could have...
Except that might not work on a ship that does not change ship time to be the same as port time.

I know a lot of people get in trouble because they use their cell phones for clocks - and then when the ship sails into the new time zone, their cell phones change time, but the ship doesn't.
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More outlets, or just put a "built in" power strip in every cabin. I also didn't know what a hair dryer menu was (so I figured I wouldn't need that!)
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A clock would be great! I would also use a steamer and a coffeemaker, but room service solves the coffee problem.
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bigger showers, laundry rooms at least a few

I take my own clock, not sure i would use the coffee maker in the room we never do in a hotel.
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Originally posted by GRBlizz
Funny, I used to travel a lot for business and youth soccer, and I always took my own travel clock. Why? Because I didn't want to have to worry about figuring out how the clock in the hotel room worked, or worry about setting it wrong and missing my wake-up time. I have one of those Oregon Scientific flat travel clocks that lights up when you push it. It costs like $10. I can't imagine why anyone who travels a lot would care about the cabin providing a clock.

When I cruise, I do travel with a travel clock, however it would be nice to have a clock in the room as well. If I am traveling on land, I don't worry about bringing it, I can always figure out how the clock works. I can understand how the time change would make having a clock difficult, it would just be a nice thing, maybe have a screen saver on the TV that shows just the time, not to bright for the night, but enough so you can see it......
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Silverseas - Silver Wind - Central America - March 2004
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Princess - Star Princess - Alaska - August 2009
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RCCL - Rhapsody of the Seas - Hawaii, Eastbound - April 2010
RCCL - Mariner of the Seas - Mexico - December 2010
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Originally posted by [email protected]
It's a truism in the cruise industry that most ship designers are men. It's another fact that women are generally the primary decision makers when it comes to booking a vacation. So in an effort to build a ship that appeals to females, Celebrity -- which is building the highly anticipated new Solstice -- created an advisory panel of women to, er, help its male designers create a cabin that addresses female preferences (read our report for the details).

In the spirit of nurturing the feminine sides of all of us (guys, too), we want to know: If you were creating the cruise ship cabin (let's make it standard with a verandah), what essential features or design concepts would you most want? The above list was compiled by a group of four women at Cruise Critic; you can vote for as many (or few) of our picks as you want. Some of them are serious -- we mean business -- and others are pie-in-sky wish lists!

Please note: In a couple of cases, a suggestion is already available on a limited basis (such as in-cabin coffeemakers -- European lines often have them and, of the North American cruise lines, NCL is an early adopter). We still include them because good ideas should be spread around.

And please feel free to offer your own suggestions in this thread!
I just watched the end of a show about the making of the Freedom of the Seas and the designer was a women.
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Room divider curtains (like Royal Caribbean has now) that are made of opaque blackout fabric, with separately controllable ceiling lights on either side of the divider curtain.