Hello...We will be taking our 12th cruise in October. This will be the 4th cruise on Princess. We will be going on the Golden Princess which is the sister ship to the Grand Princess we were on the last time.
I am trying to find out the following: When we were in a mini-suite on the Grand Princess a few cruises ago and had a mis-understanding on the true definition of a "Private Balcony" On most ships, your balcony is closed in on both sides and above for privacy, even though someone could lean over next to your cabin and peek in. However, on the Grand Princess, all of the floors were tierd, which meant that the first deck stuck out further than the next deck above. That meant that people above your floor could just look right down at you deck and see everything, not to mention that you had no protection from the sun. It looks to me like the Golden Princess has thd same deck plan.
At this point, it appears that the mini-suites on the Emerald Deck, room E-722 and others, which are near the stern of the ship, might be the only rooms that will offer more privacy, if not the same type of privacy like other ships. It looks from a diagram anyway that these rooms are protected because it's toward the end of the ship and the deck bloew is the same width.
In any event, we know some people don't mind total sun and the deck system this way. We prefer the traditional deck privacy since we are on the deck a lot. IF anyone has styaed on the Golden Princess and can let me know if the room we chose offers more privacy that other rooms that would help a lot. Or, if you can offer any other room ro deck that might offer more privacy than others, that would help too.
Thanks very much.