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I'm an older person and have traveled a fair amount but have never taken a cruise. I've booked my first cruise in a forward cabin at the front of the ship with a large balcony. The snag is that this cruise line only allows use of the balcony when in port; otherwise the balcony doors are locked for 'safety reasons'. I understand that the issue is spray, etc.

How strictly are these regulations enforced? Does it depend on the line or is it universal? And is it the assigned steward that checks & locks the doors?
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What ship are you on? Never heard of forward-balcony cabins for passengers, have seen them for officers, etc...but with no balconies??
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Never heard of this practice only if the seas are very rough then it may be a safety issue
What would be the point of paying extra for a balcony if you cannot use it
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I'm not familiar with that practice either...my only forward cabin was on Carnival in the Med, and, we had no issue...what line..? Did your travel agent give you this info? I'd double check on this.
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It could be that your cabin is under the bridge. If so, the lights from your cabin and/or balcony can be a problem.
If locking the door is required, the door will probably be locked from the outside and you won't be able to override it.


Just FYI, on our last cruise on Coral Princess we had a cabin all the way forward and they had converted it to a non-balcony mini-suite. It made a larger cabin, but we'll not book one of those again !


Do let us know which ship you're sailing and I'm sure someone can give you better info!





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The ship is the Regal Princess (Princess Line)

Deck 15 (Marina Deck) Cabin M101 and the legend on deck layout indicates for the specific cabin the following: Balcony access when in port only
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If you like to have a balcony I would choose a different cabin
Is it cheaper than other balcony cabins for your cruise?

I would contact Princess & ask why it cannot be used other than port days?
Port days most people go ashore so to me it is useless
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The ship is the Regal Princess (Princess Line)

Deck 15 (Marina Deck) Cabin M101 and the legend on deck layout indicates for the specific cabin the following: Balcony access when in port only


I looked at this cabin and it is forward with a balcony.
Regal Princess Deck Plans : Princess Cruises
My thoughts are that being forward it's very windy and not "usable" when at sea.
I would hope that this cabin is priced much less than a "normal" balcony cabin.
I agree with Lulu. If you want a true balcony you need to rebook and pay the extra $$.

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