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By Chris | November 1 2013
Top cabin: Cabin Suite
Key selling points: Stepping into one of the cabin suites is like stepping back in time as all were restored to their former glory and retain the charm and vintage inspiration of the 1920s and 1930s. Each suite, which consists of two interconnected cabins for additional space, features rich mahogany wood paneling, large picture windows that open, and an en-suite washbasin (a mosaic-tiled full bathroom is shared by the carriage guests).
Standout service: For one guest who wanted to propose to his girlfriend on board the train, the train manager helped coordinate everything from the flowers to the champagne.
Style: Old-world charm, by Dunn, Maple, Morrison, Nelson, and Prou, 1982
Special amenities: Complimentary cocktail on arrival, complimentary slippers and dressing gown, mahogany paneling, crew members on hand 24 hours a day
Square footage: 72
Number of bedrooms: One open-plan space
Number of bathrooms: One half-bath
Number of cabins on train: 111 cabins, including a possible total of 38 cabin suites
Who’s slept here?: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Stewart, J.K. Rowling, Rod Stewart, Peter Gabriel
Rate: From $990 per person for a one-day itinerary
Route: The train offers 22 direct and indirect routes between European cities including Paris, London, Venice, Budapest, Prague, Bucharest, Vienna, and Istanbul.
Charter: The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express can be chartered for up to 182 guests for one of the scheduled departures, or guests can choose the destination, duration of the journey, and all onboard activities instead.
General Manager Claude Ginella