posted this on the rccl site too. what are the pros and cons of stern balcony cabins? Have been in balconies on Voyager and the Princess grand but never had a rear cabin. now we are booked on the Legend of the Seas and am wondering how the diesel smell might affect it. Thanks for any info
I agree with Kuki. After 5 aft cabins, one on the corner, I will attempt to book this type of cabin every time. There will come a time the cruise lines figure this out and start charging us more for them, but have fun till then. Check my photos in the gallery.
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I have had five, aft balcony cabins and I have only had a problem with any exhaust fumes on the SS Norway. Those fumes were only noticeable while anchored. On the Norwegian Sky, now Pride of Aloha, on two mornings we had a small amount of soot on our chairs. We had to wipe them off before sitting on them. Otherwise that is it.
The other thing I can say about an aft balcony is that you may notice a bit more vibration on some ships that use thrusters. This will happen going in and out of port. Other than that they are, in my opinion, the best cabins on the ship. The view is great and most of the time the balcony and the cabin are larger than other cabins of the same category.
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I was fortunate enough to have an aft corner balcony and loved it. We loved it so much that I have one booked for our Jewel of the Seas cruise in 12 days and another one booked for Mariner of the Seas next February. The only complaint I've really heard about these cabins is that you have further to walk! . But that suits me fine.
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Following this conversation....got a question. We are booked on Diamond Princess in cabin A749. This is an aft corner cabin. By ships layout it looks like the balcony is a little smaller than other balconies. But when I look at pictures that are posted, it looks like the depth might be a little less but width is greater. Not sure what to do as we are waitlisted for mini suite. Will probably get the call about the mini suite as we are number 20 on the list and sailing isn't for 15 months. Really would like to keep aft cabin but would like a nice balcony. Does anyone know anything about aft cabins on Diamond? Just trying to decide what to do. Thanks for advise.
Anyone been in room 1692 on the Navagetor Of The Seas(arf cabin back of ship) We want to know if the sofa bed will hold two people(we were told it is a queen size sofa bed but I have my doubts. Also how is the view we are used to a side cabin will our view be blocked by anything. How is the noise level windjammer is right above and it is a adjioning room will we have noise from our neighbors? How's the balony view and would you booked this room again? Thanks
So glad to see this post! We peeked into an aft balcony cabin on the Glory and decided that's what we would book next time around!
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Thanks Mike, I'm new to this posting thing, I'll try to get to Royal Caribbean site and post my question there. I'm not very good at the computer and getitng on the internet.
Hopfully the room I booked will be fine, just getting to go on a cruise and have a balcony will be a treat. My kids have no idea yet that we are going . I'm surpriseing them in two weeks with the information. IThanks again, KMBB
How do you book an aft? I requested one when we booked our cruise in August (we sail april 2, 05) and were told they don't release them until just prior to the cruise because they save them for bigger groups...is this TRUE or are they playing with me?
We have a rear balcony junior suite reserved on Mariner of the Seas in June. I just looked at the deck plans and told my TA which cabin number we wanted of the available ones, and she booked it. We booked it before Christmas. We have never had a aft cabin before, but we have friends that have and they loved it. We can't wait.
Same information as beachlover, we just told our TA what room we wanted and she bookedit. We also book early (last November) for our cruise in June on the Navigator. Can't wait never have had a back room, hopefully we will like it. I don't know too much about the room(1692 deck 10) so if anyone has had this room or you know anything about it let me know, Thanks KMBB