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Old September 2nd, 2009, 12:17 AM
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I have cruised several times on Princess, and have always brought a string of Christmas lights and a long extension cord. I tape the lights around the outside frame of my balcony cabin. I have always had a great reaction, with most guests telling me "I wish I would have thought of that". It sets a nice mood at night, as I turn off all other cabin lights.

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I have sailed Carnival 10 times now, but have booked my first balcony cabin with them for the Victory sailing in October. Has anyone heard of any restrictions regarding the use of Christmas Lights hanging around your outside balcony?

Your responses are greatly appreciated.

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I'm not aware of any specific prohibition. Since the extension cord would prevent the door from being closed your cabin steward might disconnect it.
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I imagine they wouldn't like the extension cord running out the door. There is only one outlet in most cabins, so the cord would be running from above the desk and under the bed or so.

There are battery powered lights available.

One year we put up battery powered "stars" that changed colors and twinkled.



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Considering the balcony fire which severely damaged the Star Princess, I find it interesting that Princess allowed it. Christmas lights do cause fires in homes every year.
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Hi All--

I have cruised several times on Princess, and have always brought a string of Christmas lights and a long extension cord. I tape the lights around the outside frame of my balcony cabin. I have always had a great reaction, with most guests telling me "I wish I would have thought of that". It sets a nice mood at night, as I turn off all other cabin lights.

Question--
I have sailed Carnival 10 times now, but have booked my first balcony cabin with them for the Victory sailing in October. Has anyone heard of any restrictions regarding the use of Christmas Lights hanging around your outside balcony?

Your responses are greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
I don't remember the reason why but lights are not allowed on the balcony (or any other decorations for that matter). I've been on a couple of Carnival cruise where you couldn't use the lights installed on the balcony. The decision was up to the captain.
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I don't remember the reason why but lights are not allowed on the balcony (or any other decorations for that matter). I've been on a couple of Carnival cruise where you couldn't use the lights installed on the balcony. The decision was up to the captain.
The reason is the lights can interfere with the bridge crew at night. If they have to look aft from the bridge wings any unapproved lighting can reduce their ability to see. I specifically recall being told this when we had a suite on the Holiday.
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I don't remember the reason why but lights are not allowed on the balcony (or any other decorations for that matter). I've been on a couple of Carnival cruise where you couldn't use the lights installed on the balcony. The decision was up to the captain.
The reason is the lights can interfere with the bridge crew at night. If they have to look aft from the bridge wings any unapproved lighting can reduce their ability to see. I specifically recall being told this when we had a suite on the Holiday.
I have heard this, too, but considering a cruise ship at sea is lit up like a star burst, I'm not sure I buy it.
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Not to go too far off topic, but I never understood the "lift your shades" thing on airplane landings. Especially in day light! Plus, it seems to be only certain airlines that require it.
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Honestly, my first thought was...surprised it is allowed at all...
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