Can anyone tell me which balconies are half open, half covered? I've read that you can look down onto all of them, but isn't there a deck where you have half covered (private)? Trying to decide which deck we want for a future cruise. Thanks.
I have not been on the Emerald Princess, though I'm assuming she is configured much like the Crown. If so, the balconies on the Dolphin deck (all minisuites) are totally un-covered. The balconies on the Caribe deck right above it are partially covered and partially open. The balconies on all other decks are covered, I believe.
I just got back from a Princess Cruise down to the Mexican Riviera. My sister and I were in Emerald 415. We had a partial view and it was with a 'half' boat. We could see quite a bit from our room and there was never anyone in that area walking around. Pretty private if you want to leave the curtains open.
For Grand Class Princess ships ( Grand, Golden, Sapphire, Diamond, Star, Caribbean, Crown and the Emerald) - regular balcony cabins on port or starbord side of ships on decks Lido, Aloha, Baja, Riviera decks are sized 9 ft. wide x 5 ft. deep and are fully covered by ceiling overhang. No one can look down on you but those below can look up at you if you are standing at balcony rail.
Caribe deck cabins on starboard and port sides are sized 9 ft wide x 9 ft. deep and are covered by ceiling overhang for first 5 ft. When sitting under this cover, no one from above can see you.
Dolphin deck (mini-suite) cabins on starboard and port sides are sized 9 ft. wide x 7 ft. deep and have no ceiling overhang. No privacy from those standing on balconies above you.
Category AE mini suites are fully covered. If you can, get one of the farthest aft cabins because those two cabins have huge oversized decks and are more private than any mini-suite on board.
Aft facing Category BB balconies on Baja decks, Caribe deck and Dolphin are regular balcony cabins but the balconies are sized about 11 ft. wide x 10 ft. deep and are fully covered by ceiling overhang. No one above or below can see you.
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