First time cruiser, trying to decide on room. Planning a trip on Carnival Liberty and was considering balcony room. Is the balcony have room for two people to sit out and enjoy the view? Not much of a socializer and like to just sit and enjoy the view and read or have a meal out on balcony so I thought I might enjoy a balcony. Trying to justify the expense.
I agree, they are more pricey, but so well worth the price for the scenery and watching waves and being able to listen to the sea....Just makes the cruise that much more enjoyable....If you can handle it, give it a try and you will never go back.
A balcony room is terrific while on a cruise. You can relax while enjoying the ocean view and the cool breeze or simply reminiscing with your companion. We got something like this the last time we went on a cruise and I thought the extra cost was worth it!
Location: A Southern Gentleman (Southern California)
Balconies very in size and shape, so do your research before you secure your cabin. Remember location is important, ships are divided into three sections Forward, Mid-ship and Aft at the rear of the ship.
I was upgraded by the cruise line, so I thought, I was moved from deck 8 (port) mid ship to deck 9 (Starboard) forward (All the way up front) and the balcony was unusable during motoring (sailing) for half the trip, the ship was sailing into the wind, which was around 20 miles per hour.
When the ship was sailing with the wind, no problems.
I spoke to some of the cruisers at the rear of the ship, they did not have it as bad on the port side of the ship, they actually could have coffee and pastries without any issues concerning the wind.
It was hurricane season "late July" in the Western Caribbean.
Rain is really never a problem, especially if your balcony is covered.
One good thing when it rains, everybody clears out off the pool deck, then when it clears up you will have open pool lounges to pick from.
Sometimes it dumps for 20 minutes then full sunshine.
The wind was my issue, especially if you are on the "side" of the ship that is in direct impact.
Port is on left side of ship looking forward & Starboard is on the right side of ship looking forward.
Easy way to remember is port has four 4-letters & left has 4-letters
Many ships will have designs in the carpet on the interior of the decks where cabins are located with waves flowing forward or patterns pointing forward indicating the forward of the ship, always check or just look at the cabin door numbers, the numbers get larger as you walk from front "FORWARD" to AFT = "REAR" of ship.
Point being, review the charts from the National Hurricane Center web-site, and check the ship route, choose the side of the ship that will NOT be facing directly into the wind during the majority of your voyage.
Hurricane season start around early June through early November.
If you choose Princess cruise line, I can get you a $25 credit per adult on a referral, providing you complete the referral form sent by Princess BEFORE you reserve your cabin.
You can use any travel agent or book direct with Princess.
One good thing to remember, Princess has self serve laundry rooms with irons, many cruise line do not.
Location: A Southern Gentleman (Southern California)
The Carnival Liberty does have self serve laundry.
Ship Statistics Year Built 2005 Refurbished 2011 Tonnage 110,000 tons Registry Panama Length 952 feet Beam 116 feet Passenger Capacity 2,978 Crew Size 1,160 Total Inside Cabins 577 Total Outside Cabins 910 Cabins & Suites w/ verandas 555 Suites 52 Maximum Occupancy per room 4 Age Restrictions All must be 21 or older or one must be 25 or older Dinner Seatings 2Seating Assignments
in Main Dining Room Assigned and open seating available Dining Hours 6:00 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. Dining Room Dress CodeDiningTipping Recommended?YesTipping GuidelinesVoyages departing before October 9, 2014: $11.50 per guest, per day. Voyages departing on or after October 9, 2014: $12.00 per guest, per day. These amounts are automatically charged to onboard account (amount can be adjusted according to quality of service received). 15% tip included on beverage orders. No tips required for children under 2. Onboard CurrencyUS Dollar Services & Amenities Bars/Lounges 22 Beauty Salon/Barber Shop Yes Casino Yes Chapel No Disco/Dancing Yes Elevators 14 Hot Tub 6. Cell Phone Service $$$ Internet Center Yes Wireless Internet Access Yes Movie Theatre Yes, Outdoor Movie Screen Yes, Self Serve Laundromats Yes, Shops Yes, Showroom Yes, Spa Yes, Video Arcade Yes.
I don't book balconies due to the excessive cost. Yes, you can sit on your balcony and enjoy the world go by but there are literally hundreds of place to do the same thing on deck for usually half the cost (or more if an Alaskan cruise). I'd rather have more days at sea than a nicer cabin when the whole ship is my playground.
What no one has mentioned yet, that might help you Percyb make the leap to balcony, is that you get such a huge window as well. A glass door from floor to ceiling and a huge window allows so much more light into the room. This compared to a normal outside cabin and you will be booking balconies from now on.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Independence of the Seas 12/29/2013 Top-notch!