As noted in previous “bad balcony” posts, there’s no such thing as a truly awful verandah — though some are definitely worse than others. On a blustery Atlantic crossing on HAL‘s Maasdam, there was nothing physically wrong with our balcony, but the gale force winds made it impossible to go outside. I’m just not a huge fan of front-facing balconies, which can be unusable when ships are at sea. (Even MSC’s attempt to create a windbreak on forward verandahs on its new Divina created a terrarium-like ambience that was a tad unpleasant.)
But two balcony cabins on Hapag-Lloyd‘s Europa, one on Deck 5, the other on Deck 6, caught my eye for their weird, prison-like decor. The bars enclosing them are there to support a tender, but still … strange. I tried to check it out as well from the inside, but never managed to peek in when the occupants’ doors were open, so I don’t know how it affected the cabin’s mood.
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