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Old October 2nd, 2007, 05:10 PM
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Is a rear facing cabin a good idea?

We are being offered a balcony cabin at the rear of the ship at the same cost as a midships one. The aft cabins appear to have larger balconies.
They seem to be the last to be booked.

The ship we are looking at is Independence of the Seas.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 05:30 PM
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Some people love those cabins with the larger balcony. With this class of ship however, there are some support beams in the back, the nicer ones are on the side where you are closer to the water. I would go one or two in, and forget the middle, but thats just me...The balconies are great, a bit more walking to get to elevators and stairs, but no real concern.
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 08:18 PM
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We had an aft corner on the Freedom of the Seas, and it was giganitc and fabulous..Follow Donna's advice unless you like pole dancing;):) The aft cabins sell out quickly, as they are very sought after, especially by Cruisemates!
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Old October 20th, 2007, 03:40 PM
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We (husband, teenage son & daughter) had a rear cabin (1694) on RCL's Explorer of the Seas Jan 31, 2004.
My brother-in-law & family stayed in the cabin nextdoor (1394) he didn't like the rear cabin as much as the rest of us did.

Pros:
Spacious room!
The balcony was huge -- there were 9 in our party (split between three cabins) and we held cocktail parties on our balcony on formal nights and it wasn't crowded!
The poles and beams didn't bother our view at all.
Loved the sound of the wake from the ship!
We had so much closet and drawer space we never used it all.
Two chaise-lounges, two chairs and some tables were on our balcony.
It felt so private having a cabin at the aft.

Cons:
Looooooong walk from the elevators/stairway to the cabin.
The poles block the view for photo taking.
Brother-in-law thought the wake was noisy.

My family and I would book a rear cabin again without hesitation!

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