I've been reading about some balcony cabins that have a huge
overhang above the balconies. Does anyone know if 8040
has a larger than normal overhang? We've had balcony cabins
many times before, Millinnium included and it was never a problem.
We occuppied 8040 for the Summit 10 day cruise this past April. Truth be told, I did not notice the overhang. Remember, it's 2 decks above you.
This cabin is in a perfect location. It's just around the corner from the forward elevators. Except for some folks talking loudly on their way back to their cabin one night, noise was non-existent. Also, even though we had some choppy seas the first 2 days, there was barely any movement.
Do me a favor, though. There is a switch located on the stateroom bathroom wall at bed level. IIt's in the main cabin, not the bathroom. It's round, turns, and looks like it wants to be a dimmer switch of some sort. Be danged if we could figure out what it was. See if you have any better luck.
Enjoy the cruise. If I get a chance, I'll try and post a couple of photos of the cabin, inside as well as from below on a dock.
Lou, I posted 6 pictures of this cabin. The mysterious switch can be seen in the second photo and is below the picture on the wall. If anyone else has an idea what this does, please chime in.
I would say yes, it does. For one thing there is storage in the bathroom under the sink. The closets were big enough, and there is a lot of space above where the TV is located. Drawer space was adequate.
We kept our luggage - 3 suitcases and a large carry on - under the bed. Put our dirty laundry in them when necessary.
There are nooks and crannys in the desk by the balcony.
We never had a complaint about enough space. Mrs. S said that the only thing she would have brought along (and we forgot them) are the cascading type hangers where you can put a couple (or more) pairs of shorts or pants on, and not use as much horizontal space. You should bring some extra hangers whatever kind they are.
We had brought an over the door shoe storage rack (for lack of a better word) thinking that we might need it for toiletries. Didn't need it at all because there was a lot of space in the bathroom.
We did bring a small steamer that really worked well in getting out wrinkles. Also brought a 9' extension cord and ended up using it to be able to use the steamer near the closets.
In an effort to not pack as much, I ended up renting a tux with all the accesssories - and it was for us a good move. Was there when we arrived, and I left it there when we left. Had a local tailor measure me up, gave them the numbers, and everything fit well, even the shoes, and I have a bunion that requires wide sizes.
Well, maybe a little too much info, but hope it helps.
An excellent ship - my only comment is that I don't like the blue hull. Don't ask me why, but I think a cruise ship should be white. But the 11 day Western is on our planning horizon for either '05 or '06.
Again, thanks...and just like I thought, there is enough storage, with
nooks and crannies, storage in bathroom, etc...I seem to be one who
overpacks, tho I've been doing better. But 11 nights uses up alot
of clothes...One thing we did on our last 11 nighter was to simply send
some things to their laundry rather than pack extras.
Still trying to get my husband to go the rental tux route. Oh yes, are there
really 3 formal nights??? That is what the brochure says, but on our last
RCI 11 night, there were only 2...which is fine with me.
I always bring extra hangers and put their clumsy wooded ones under the
bed or over the closet.
We were on the Summit 11 night Ultimate Carribbean cruise this past March, and there were indeed 3 formal nights. As for the overhang, we were in cabin 8102 and had no problem with the overhang. Sometimes it even provide much needed shade.
_--sal7202, since you were on the 11 day Ultimate Caribbean this year maybe you can answer some questions? What shore excursions did you take in Colon and Puerto Limon? We would like to see the locks, but don't know the best way to do this. Some suggest a ferry ride others suggest a domed train ride. Did you do either? Thanks for any info. We have some seniors in our group.
Riba--Sal goofed. We were on Summit for the 10 day & did other ports (ST Maareten, ST lucia, St Thomas. St KItts) Won't know about those other ports til after our Brilliance trip next Spring. About cabin 8102--had the same mystery switch--what is it for? Would not rec. 8102--was midshipss but right next to a suite that jutted out & blocked the view a bit. PLus the balcony ws pie-shaped & smaller than others & the people in the suite could look right at us from their windows. The day we returned we switched out Constellation cabin to just down the hall..
I was just on the Summit sailing of 06/25 in cabin 8038 next door to yours. The roof above the balcony seemed normal. It ran the length of the balcony itself, there was no more extension past the railing.
That switch that looks like a dimmer, was actually a volume switch for announcements, but since they don't do announcements in cabins anymore, it is to drive people crazy trying to figure out what it is for!!
Riba, To answer your excursion question, In Colon , first you do not want to go outside the port or adjacent shopping area unless on an escorted tour . The city itself is not safe. That said all escorted tours are quite safe. If you didn't have seniors I would recommend the all day BUS tour to Panama City. You see countryside, colonial Panama City (a ruin and museum),Old Panama City (Opera house,Golden Alter Church etc)and modern Panama City. You see Canal Zone , souvenir shop, and get right up to Mira Flores locks for a tour and if lucky to see ships pass through.
Since you have older folks I would do the ferry. Shortest tour and gets you right into the locks. "in between" the train ride. It takes almost as long as the bus tour and you do not see anywhere near as much.
In Costa Rica look into the Torteguero Canal Trip. Bus ride takes you through the town and out through the banana plantations either going or coming back. Canal tour is in comfortable covered boats. Guides are great and you will see marvelous sights. Flora, fauna, birds, monkeys, sloths, and Crocadiles.. It is roughly a half day tour.
Papa bill is so right, Colon is not safe. My husband who fears nothing, had less than a 1/2 hour in the mall by the pier and said 'lets go'. he was very uneasy with all of the men that were hanging around there and trying to get us to go with them. Thanks for the tour idea PB, we were wondering how that Costa Rica tour was. Think we'll do it when we go on the Brilliance next year.
Just to address the storage once again. We were on an 11 day Hawaii w/2 days previous in Honolulu and believe me when I say I packed! I had a different outfit for day & evening and used every one. The tux idea is a good one as my husbands suit & 2 sportscoats took up a lot of space in the suitcase. He will rent the tux when we do this cruise again next year. I did bring extra hangers of the plastic variety so as not to alarm security.
There was a great little storage area right behind the door which was great for shoes and small items. The boxy suitcases fit under the bed just fine. All my makeup and hair items fit into the desk with room to spare. Summits hair dryer is a great improvent over previous Celebrity's ships w/more power and doesn't burn your hand. But if you have long hair, bring your own.
We were in 1-A 9025 w/a veranda and really liked it. This is Concierge Class now but not then. So there were no extra goodies. The terry robes are really comfortable and I would have bought one had I thought of it.