We had an aft cabin on Explorer of the Seas and loved it. The balconies are larger. You don't feel any more movement then the regular locations. I would grab an aft whenever I can! (that doesn't sound right!?)
According to the Mariner of the Seas deck plan on Royal Caribbean's web-site, cabin 9674 is on the aft port side of the ship. It is NOT an aft facing cabin. It is a
category D-2 (Superior Ocean View stateroom.) This may be why your rep said the
balcony has a superior view. Just want to help you make an informed decision.
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Thanks to all for your input. I realize that, according to the deck plan, this cabin is not facing aft. The rep implied that there would still be a limited aft view because it is in the rear of the ship but I guess not.
I am afraid the rep was just stating the category of cabin which is "Superior......." It's not a preferred location since you are still on the port side but will have quite aways to walk and feel more motion without the benefit of the aft facing cabin(s). Hopefully your rep has done their homework since selection may not be that great due to time constraint, Robbie
Robbie, you are right that there are no other balcony rooms available. I know about the long walk to the stairs but why is being on the port side a disadvantage? Do you think I should keep calling and try to get a room change? What are ther best balcony rooms (besides the end afts)? Thanks so much as I read you are Diamond Plus and must know this ship pretty well!
Sorry, not bad to be portside, just some folks do react to being more forward or aft ( the see-saw effect ). We really love the aft facing cabins but the hump (protusion on the sides of many ships) can be very nice. We have both coming up in the future but am also trying out an oceanview that is forward facing next month. I really enjoy being able to tell customers I have done the ship and/or category of stateroom that I am suggesting to them. Don't miss the ice show on the "Mariner," was just on her in October and will probably be back on her next year.