Observed Onboard: Are Balconies Becoming Bittier?

The ocean wind in your hair, shimmering blue vistas before you; for many cruisers, nothing but a balcony will do. But increasingly, it seems, the real estate dedicated to private decks has been dwindling, particularly on some of the newest ships. On Norwegian Breakaway, for example, Cruise Critic noted that even in the mini-suites, balconies […]

Would You Book This ‘Bad Balcony,’ Take 3?

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 […]

Would You Book This ‘Bad Balcony,’ Take 2?

Seeing a Cruise Critic editor’s “bad balcony” put reader Sandee in a sharing mood. She recently cruised in one of Celebrity Silhouette’s 130 AquaClass cabins (1549), which means she had access to the Persian Garden, a DIY spa compound featuring rooms that mimic a bug-free rainforest and sand- and camel-free dessert, and Blu, an exclusive […]

Would You Book This ‘Bad Balcony?’

I’ve long subscribed to the sentiment that there’s no such thing as a bad cruise ship balcony — but my opinion might be changing. Onboard the brand-new MSC Divina in a forward-facing balcony cabin, you understand the need for the pictured wall of windows: It’s to protect occupants from the blustery winds that front-of-ship cabins […]

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