This is the first year we are having a private balcony. If side by side rooms are out on the balcony, can you hear everything people are saying. Say you want a romantic dinner for two brought to your room and you sit out on the balcony, are you inviting the people next door too or is it hard to hear them. Just wondering.
The balconies are quit private on the Voyager. I really couldn't hear much from the ajoining balconies. Can't see anything either, unless you lean way over. So you could do some "smooching" on the balcony, if you're quiet about it. ;<)
Depends on your activities on the balcony, too. Recently, onboard the Grandeur, our next door neighbors had a verbal fight in the cabin. She took it out to the balcony and threatened to jump as "You don't love me". He brought her back inside the cabin, only to stir up the fight again. This time, HE took it to the balcony and threatened to jump and "If I say I'm going to jump, I mean it!". Of course, no one jumped -- but we could hear every (loud) word.
We were on Voyager 2 years ago in a balcony cabin and the folks next door to us had 2 young kids. If we had our patio doors open, we could hear the kids quite loudly, even if they were in their room and not out on their balcony. I somehow don't think it would have been much of a problem for noise if it wasn't for the fact that it was 2 young kids next door. Also, many folks are not typically in their cabins around dinner time so you could probably have a romantic dinner on your balcony without a lack of privacy or noise from nearby cabins.
On one trip I overhead an entire phone conversation (girl was out on her balcony making a cell call) and this last time our neighbors were a bunch of "singers" who loved to come out and sing to everyone, then go in their room and crank up the tv volume so we could all hear the music! They also talked about how much fun it would be to jump from the balcony, and that it wouldnt hurt when they hit the water (we were on the 10th deck mind you). At least they said they wouldnt jump while the ship was moving!
ANYTHING you can think of doing on a balcony has been done already! But seriously, balconies are not very private soundwise but they beat the alternative. The view and the way they open up a room with the curtains opened adds to the value, especially since I prefer the longer itineraries.
Just4 don't worry. I find the balcony to be very peaceful and relaxing. I sit out there in the mornings and drink my coffee, in the afternoon it can provide a nice respite from the hubbub and noise of the pool deck. In the evenings I enjoy a cigar and a cocktail out there before dinner. And I've never heard any noise that I would consider excessive.
you'll love your balcony..if your neighbors are too loud, just mention something to them nicely and they'll probably be fine..either that or be loud yourself (smile) and they'll ask you to keep the noise down
We have never had to use the duct tape but others have when their luggage got ripped open from being thrown around. Could be used to hold a balcony door open or to repair most anything. We found a small flat florescent orange package of duct tape at Target one day. Fits nicely in our goodie bag.
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Apparently, the balconys aren't nearly private enough for some folks!! At least that's what I've heard.
The "Balcony Club" sounds like a great idea to me. I'm a pilot, and been a member of the "mile high" club for many, many, many years..... You're never too old you know..