I have read many reviews about balcony cabins on Celebrity, Holland America and Princess and I'm a little confused. I have read that Princess doesn't have private balconies that people can look down on you or see though the the dividers. I read that Holland America's are private. I have read that Celebrity has both private and non-private balconies. I have also read that some cruiselines can open a connecting door between balconies if you're traveling with companions in an adjacent cabin.
Does anyone have any insight or clarification on this?
Can't do it by line,you have to do it on a ship by ship basis and in some cases on a location on each ship basis. Example , many balconies on Grand Princess are not private from above, while Sea
Ocean and Dawn most balconies are private side to side and from above. What ships in particular did you have in mind and what catagory of balconey on that ship? By the way, these are questions you can get a good TA to find out for you, but you need to be more specific than just the line.
All of what you have heard is true.
We sailed on celebrity with a balc cabin, 7185 on the millie. it was private enuf for us. we could look down however and view the large balconies of the penthouse suites. needless to say those folks were not that thrilled!
tomorrow we will board the golden princess, we have a BA balcony cabin and the balcony is supposed to be huge!
There's a lot of misunderstanding of the adjective "private" in "private balcony." This term does not mean that other people cannot see onto the balcony. It means only that the balcony is accessible only from an adjoining cabin and thus is reserved for the exclusive use of that cabin's guests -- just like a private balcony on a condo development.
The fact that a balcony is not visible from other points on the same vessel does not mean that you won't be putting on a show for somebody elsewhere -- on a passing ship, in an apartment or office tower while entering or leaving port, etc. -- if you decide to use it for "private" activities. FWIW, "eye in the sky" satellites are producing photographs with phenomenal resolution, too -- so if you do decide to engage in "private" activities on a balcony, be sure to smile for the camera -- regardless of ship!
That said, if you want a balcony that can't be seen from other points on the same ship, the following Princess balconies meet that requirement.
>> All cabins with balconies except the aft suites and minisuites aboard MV Sun Princess, MV Dawn Princess, MV Sea Princess, MV Ocean Princess, MV Crown Princess, MV Regal Princess, or MV Royal Princess
All outside cabins on the Lido, Aloha, and Baja decks of MV Grand Princess, MV Golden Princess, or MV Star Princess
I should add that, on most Princess ships, the stateroom steward can open the partition between adjacent balconies upon request of the passengers therein. If you have friends in the next cabin and prefer one long balcony rather than two separate balconies, this is an option.
Actually, Bill is correct in saying that it varies by ship within each line. The only Princess ships that have exposed or partially exposed balcones on the side of the ship are MV Grand Princess, MV Golden Princess, and MV Star Princess -- and even on those ships, the balconies on the Caribe, Dolphin, and Emerald decks are exposed or partially exposed to view from above while the balconies on the Lido, Aloha, and Baja decks are not.
On Celebrity, because the suite type balconies are larger and extensive and where they are located, one can see down on part of their deck but not into their whole deck or the suite itself.
As for normal balconies , you can lean over just like an apartment but semi clear plastic dividers are between you all.
So, your balcony is private but not soundproof if you are up to having a wee bit of fun with your partner.
Although the Sea Princess balconies are very private from above, due to the construction of the folding partitions you can see into the next balcony and in fact part of the next room through the flexible rubber/vinyl exterior part of each partition.
We discovered this during our last cruise on the Sea Princess when the partition was blown open by the wind opening our balcony and room to the adjacent cabin. Fortunantly we were in our cabin at the time and our room steward arrived promptly when called and secured the partition with a hex wrench.