ABOVE: A queen stateroom on the Verdi or main
deck. (The wide-angle lens makes the cabin look bigger than it is, but
Casanova's staterooms do make efficient use of a riverboat's limited space.)
Casanova's staterooms come in three flavors:
Queen cabins. In these 16 staterooms, the queen-size beds
have separate mattresses, each with its own duvet when the stewardess removes
the bedspread at night. This means you can
snuggle or maintain separation, depending on whom you're traveling with.
Twin cabins. These 30 cabins have twin beds on opposite
walls. One berth converts into a sofa during the day.
Junior suites. There are just two junior suites, both on the
lower or Rialto deck. They have queen-size beds and are slightly larger than the
standard queen and twin cabins.
Rooms on the Verdi or upper deck have cleverly designed French
doors overlooking the water. Open the left half, and you have a floor-to-ceiling screen to keep
bugs at bay. Open the right side, and you can lean out to take pictures, check
the passing landscape in more detail, or get a feel for the weather.
Cabins on the Rialto or lower deck have fixed picture windows.
staterooms are attractively decorated with generous expanses of wood paneling,
drapes, pictures on the walls, etc. Casanova's designers gave a lot of attention
to details, as the inset photo of a ceiling light will show. The gold-trim motif
is also used on the custom cabin furniture, which includes built-in closets,
nightstands with storage space, and a desk with minibar. (I did notice one small
oversight: Casanova's duvets are filled with a thin polyester batting
instead of down.)
The bathrooms are extremely well-designed, with luxury touches
such as glass shower enclosures, marble and ceramic walls, wooden toilet seats,
brass faucets, and sinks that have marble countertops in a beautiful brown-red marble above a
wooden storage cabinet and shelves. There's a retractable clothesline in the
shower stall, and you'll find plenty of racks and hooks for towels and
dressing gowns. (Your stewardess will supply bathrobes on request.)
Finally, the TV in each cabin has a good assortment of
channels--mostly in German, but with BBC World and CNN to keep you in touch with
what's happening back home. Casanova also has closed-circuit movies
several times a day in both German and English.
Dining on the Casanova
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