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Old September 20th, 2006, 10:02 PM
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Default Aft Cabins, Yay or Nay

This is actually probably pointless, since I'm already booked with a cabin assignment, but I wanted to get some opinions on an Aft cabin. I'll be cruising on the Valor on 10/15 and we have a balcony cabin...6456. I've heard some people (especially my PVP) say that these are highly desirable. However, I've also recently read that there is quite a bit of noise/vibration/etc.. when staying in an Aft cabin. And are the balconies really that much bigger. I think they told me when I went to book that the balcony on these aft cabins was something to the effect of 50% bigger than the normal balcony. Any truth to that?

Anyway, thanks in advance for the help. Everyone on this forum is so helpful and informative.
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Old September 20th, 2006, 10:37 PM
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Okay dhay55,

I checked you out, and it looks good. I am not sure about the balcony being bigger. I know the ones on each end are bigger. The view is to die for. There is something so soothing about watching the waves the ship makes. As far as vibration. Maybe, but I doubt it. You are high enough up, to probably make it nice and comfortable. You are not that far from the elevators, and there will be very little traffic back there.

But, you know the best part, even if you feel the motion? Lay on your nice comfortable bed, smile, and say "Damn, I am cruising"

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Old September 20th, 2006, 11:55 PM
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We've got an aft balcony on the Legend for our upcoming cruise on Monday. It's an extended balcony....I'll let you know what we think of it after we get back.
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Old September 21st, 2006, 07:06 AM
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I have the room next to you 6454 for February . We always book way in advance to get the AFT. It is so awesome. The view is so incredible , that we do not feel the vibration, one thing you definately will not have is the kids running past your room at night, that we have had from other rooms.
The balconies are not bigger in the back but thats o.k. we did the cornor on the Legend and even though that was huge it was not woth the extra money. Enjoy and let me know how my room is going to be. I have never been on the Valor.
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Old September 21st, 2006, 05:58 PM
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We sailed on the Glory in Aug 2005 and our AFT Cabin #6489 was absolutely the best. I can't think of any negatives associated with these types of cabins other than the balcony area had a tendency to get a little hot while the ship wasn't moving. As for noise or any other irritating sounds, there were none. Plus, with a short walk to the elevators or stairs we were only a couple decks from the AFT dining areas. The bottom line is that we were extremely pleased with our choice of the AFT cabin. I hope that your experience is just as pleasant.
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Old September 21st, 2006, 07:48 PM
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We booked room number 6454 on the Conquest for a New Years cruise. We are very excited about an aft balcony.

I did a little Columbo work to find out if there is any truth to the 50% bigger. Here is what I came up with.

I think you have more leg room due to the slanted glass on the aft balcony but I don't think you have more walk around room. Using the Pride as an example, here is a picture of an aft balcony.


The glass on the other balcony cabins are straight up and down.


Is this the additional 50% they mentioned? I don't know, but I did enjoy looking at the balcony pictures while trying to prove my theory.

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Old September 21st, 2006, 08:31 PM
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Yay for aft...had one on the Imagination...a smooth ride
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Old September 21st, 2006, 08:53 PM
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Going aft room 8450 on the Liberty April 28. I have been wanting to try one of these rooms. This one is under the aft pool, any comments on this one?
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Old September 21st, 2006, 10:56 PM
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We were too convinced by PVP and friends to book an aft cabin. We found that there was more noise and vibration as the ship enter and left ports. The balcony was larger, but the balconies were tiered, so there was left privacy on our larger balcony. And the walk was longer to the aft balcony down long skinny hallways, which I hated.

We usually book cabins midship near elevators/stairs, and that's where we're back to from this day forward.
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Old September 22nd, 2006, 10:18 AM
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Thanks to all for the input. Like I said, it was a question that would result in no action on my part as the cabin is already booked. I'll let you know what my take is when we get back. Only 23 days till we set sail. Can't wait. It's my second cruise on Carnival, and my wife's first (carnival) and first cruise period since she was 8. Again, thanks go out to everyone for their valuable input.
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Old September 22nd, 2006, 08:55 PM
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Default Yeah for Aft cabin!

My sister and I cruised on the Glory last year and we had our first Aft cabin. I will never go back to a regular balcony!! We had a corner cabin with the wrap around balcony which was really roomy. We never even went to the pool except for an occasional swim. We asked our steward to bring up two chaise lounges ( a tip I learned from cruisemates!) which was no problem. There was always a great breeze, never mind the fantastic views! I think the center balconies on the aft had more room as well. I did not notice any more noise or motion compared to other cabins that we have had in the past. The only negative was sometimes in the AM there were cigarette butts that had flown over from above. However, each day they were picked up when our room was cleaned. Have a blast!!
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