I see that some of the balconies on Carnival are 35 square feet. That seems really tiny. Assuming a cabin is about 10 feet wide, and assuming the balcony runs the full width of the cabin, then the balcony would only be 3 1/2 feet deep. Does that sound right? I can hardly imagine 2 people being able to sit comfortably in such a small space.
The wife and I can sit comfortably on Carnival's Balconys. You'll have 2 lounge chairs and a small table to put your drinks, camera, & ect. on
I'm also a pretty good size country boy @ 6' 2 " 280 pounds
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I just got off the Fascination and I thought they were small. I realize thats because the ship is older and smaller. The balcony on the Destiny was huge so thats all I can compare it to. Its not the same size on every ship. Perhaps on the same class of ship but different between classes.
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So far, we've only had a balcony room on the Spirit, and we loved it!
I will say that there is "enough" room.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, though. If you have a balcony, look around. Look from side to side, and remember to look up. If you can see someone else on their balcony then they can see you. A couple two decks down and about two cabins over didn't do this, and apparently didn't realize (or maybe they just didn't care?) that their balcony area jutted out. I was surprised one balmy evening when I went out to look at the stars and moon reflecting on the beautiful Pacific. I glanced down to find a couple...ummm....in the act of being amorous. VERY amorous. But, to answer your question, I noted that they had "enough" room before I stepped back into my cabin!
I was told that regular balconies were 30 sq. ft., the balconies at the back of the ship were 60 sq. ft. and the extended balconies (side of the ship but last two at the back) are 75 sq. ft. We booked room 6442 on the Conquest which is an extended balcony. I believe our room will have two windows plus the door.
I know the Cat 6 OV staterooms on Conquest class are 185 SF. The Cat 8 balcony staterooms are the same size inside and the balcony extends over the side of the ship. Cat 6E (spa deck OV) is 235 SF because the area over the balcony below is glassed in as one big stateroom. Sooooo, 235 SF minus the 185 SF inside area of all staterooms leaves a 50 SF balcony and I'd say that's about right. Naturally, with the exceptions mentioned above aft and corner cabins.
[quote="terri910"] A couple two decks down and about two cabins over didn't do this, and apparently didn't realize (or maybe they just didn't care?) that their balcony area jutted out. I was surprised one balmy evening when I went out to look at the stars and moon reflecting on the beautiful Pacific. I glanced down to find a couple...ummm....in the act of being amorous. VERY amorous.
Hmmm....will have to keep this in mind !!! 8)
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That's very difficult question. I'd say we liked the 6E better because it's sooo secluded up there. However, we were upgraded from a Cat 4 guarentee or I'd have never paid that price. There's only MAYBE 20 cabins on the entire spa deck and it's right around the corner from the gym/spa. ABSOLUTELY no hall traffic or noise. The view is incredible! I like to sit in the sun and ocean breeze. You get very little of either on most balconies especially our last which was 8432 (I think). The balconies aft on the verandah deck have a larger overhead (under the lido buffet) than lower balconies and that blocks most all the sun all day.
We are upgraded from 6B to 6E 1115 on Spa Deck. I didn't know if I should just count my blessings with this cabin or attempt for an upgrade at embarkation. If I remember correctly, these rooms are 230' with floor to ceiling windows....which might be almost as nice as a balcony...lol.
To Phil & Liz - Carnival at least offers some privacy. On Golden Princess the balconies are cantilevered so that you can look down and see the entire balcony of those below you-all the way to the lowest deck !
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That's a VERY generous upgrade, but naturally it's a matter of opinion whether it's nicer than a balcony. When I'm cruisin, I wanna be out on deck with a 20 knot headwind and the sun blazin. The balconies are very nice, but I'd rather be where the action is. Here's a picture of cabin #1102 and the verandah deck balcony we had last cruise. You can decide for yourself which you prefer.