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Old June 27th, 2011, 12:27 PM
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I am booking a balcony for S.Caribbean April 2012 on Caribbean Princess. I am torn between the bigger balcony or Aloha deck. It seams on the Caribe Deck, all people above you can look down on you or you will be looking right into the balcony right above. Is this the case? I've seen posts that say the bigger balconies are great. I am worried about privacy. Thanks.
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Old June 27th, 2011, 02:10 PM
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Check out an aft balcony - they are deeper and not really open to the decks above - at least on the Grand class ships
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i believe Caribe deck balconies are partially covered? not 100% sure on this one, regardless,unless you are 6' tall you have to be standing at the railing of your balcony on your tip-toes looking over to see the people below you, and to see the folks above you, you have to lean your back against the railing and look up, so unless you are sunbathing in the nude on your balcony you do have a certain amount of privacy
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The majority of the cabins on Caribe deck along the sides of the ship are excellent. The balconies are a nice size, and half is covered, and half is not. So, you have sun and shade.
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If not out near the railing of the balcony..... you will have shade and somewhat privacy under the overhang above you that engulfs about 1/3 of the balcony just outside your balcony door.....

Outside of the covered area.....well, "what happens out there" is subject to view by other passengers too !
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I was on Caribe on the Grand and liked the extra balcony space but hated the lack of privacy. I moved to Dolphin (mini-suite) on the Emerald and had the same issues. Moved to Emerald (mini-suite) on the Crown and got the best of all worlds. Oversize balcony (E730) and complete privacy and shade. Loved it so much that I'm in E729 on the Grand for 2012.
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I was on Caribe on the Grand and liked the extra balcony space but hated the lack of privacy. I moved to Dolphin (mini-suite) on the Emerald and had the same issues. Moved to Emerald (mini-suite) on the Crown and got the best of all worlds. Oversize balcony (E730) and complete privacy and shade. Loved it so much that I'm in E729 on the Grand for 2012.
Thank you so much for your response! I am not sure what to make of that because I am basically a private person, but most people say they love those balconies. Was it not even private if you moved your lounge chair in towards the room?
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Go to the Princess website and wait for the pictures to start changing. It doesn't take long. One of the photos shows how the Caribe balconies are extended out further than those on the decks above. The balconies that extend out even further are the mini-suites.
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Keep in mind that on most ships, even if the other passenger's can't see you, the crew on the bridge may be able to. Not that they care about what you're doing !

I think if you want true privacy, you should go into your cabin !

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We were on the Caribbean Princess last week and our cabin on the Caribe level was fabulous. Like you, I too was concerned about privacy, however, 50% of the depth was totally private. That is to say, the width of the cabin (at about 10') and out from the sliding door at about 5'. Since the deck was about 10' x 10', it gave us both shade and the opportunity to stretch out on the 2 mini-loungers and 2 patio chairs. As traditional balconies measure about 5' x 10', we thought it was good value.
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Caribe deck balconies are the best in that Cat. You have the best of both worlds sit back by your door and you cannot be seen from above ,out by the rail and you can see and be seen.

Nine times out of ten we are out on our balcony alone.
We always book a caribe deck balcony on princess.

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Caribe deck balconies are the best in that Cat. You have the best of both worlds sit back by your door and you cannot be seen from above ,out by the rail and you can see and be seen.

Nine times out of ten we are out on our balcony alone.
We always book a caribe deck balcony on princess.

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totally agree, Caribe Deck is our deck of choice
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Caribe deck balconies are the best in that Cat. You have the best of both worlds sit back by your door and you cannot be seen from above ,out by the rail and you can see and be seen.
Nine times out of ten we are out on our balcony alone.
We always book a caribe deck balcony on princess.
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I agree but I wished they'd have a loveseat/couch/overstuffed chair with ottoman instead of the hard chair so we wouldn't have to book a MS for DH's back issues.
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I know what you mean CA Cruiser I find that chair a pain in the butt/back!
Totaly useless and in my way Wish they would just get rid of it and give me more room.

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Thanks everyone! I wound up booking Caribe deck room and will keep my fingers crossed!
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We booked a dolphin mini-suite on the Emerald for the exact reason CA Cruiser stated above. We wanted the extra seating room. I too am a little concerned about the balcony - the dolphin deck balconies are not covered at all, but thought the extra space inside would be used more. Hopefully people will be looking at the ocean and not our balcony
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I love the Caribe balconies. You really get the best of both worlds being half covered/half open and its a bigger balcony. If I book a balcony, I always try to get Caribe.

My next cruise we are in a mini on Dolphin. We were initially booked on Emerald but I just don't like the completely covered balcony so I changed it to Dolphin. I actually like to be out in the sun. I'm not worried about the privacy issue as mostly everyone is just looking out at the ocean.

Now if I could get a mini that was half covered/half open that would be the perfect cabin. I really like the extra sitting area inside too much to give it up for a half/half balcony.
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Mini-Suites are the best! we had a mini-suite Dolphin deck on the Golden, loved, loved it.
the extra seating area, larger bathroom w/tub and larger closet were great. Didn't have any privacy issues on our balcony
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Dont Worry about the balconies.Its nice,separated and secured.

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I was on Caribe on the Grand and liked the extra balcony space but hated the lack of privacy. I moved to Dolphin (mini-suite) on the Emerald and had the same issues. Moved to Emerald (mini-suite) on the Crown and got the best of all worlds. Oversize balcony (E730) and complete privacy and shade. Loved it so much that I'm in E729 on the Grand for 2012.
Just saw your post about the cabins and found your description of E729 on the Grand informative. Do you have that cabin on the April 7 TA out of Ft. Lauderdale? We have a mini guarantee on that cruise and with no cabin assignment left we were hoping for one of those types of mini suitesv

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The aft-most mini-suites have oversized balconies. I book a year in advance to get these rooms. They book up early! Mini-suites on Emerald are completely covered. I'm booked on the March 31st sailing.
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