Aft-Facing Mini Suite with Balcony Cabins9 Reviews
These Mini-Suites sleep up to four guests and feature two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed, additional bedding to accommodate two additional guests, a sitting area and luxury bath with shower. Not to mention the amazing aft-facing view from your private balcony.
We had an aft-facing mini suite and couldn't have asked for a better room. The room feels like it is about the size of 2 balcony rooms with a huge bathroom. There was ample space around the bed and couch for two people to easily move around. There is tons of storage space with a credenza in the room and then floor to ceiling drawers/cabinet in the closet. The bathroom has a vanity with a chair and lighted mirror and a drawer containing a hair dryer. This space was valuable to me. There was also the regular sink with drawers underneath and large mirror over the sink and shelves on either side of the mirror. Complimentary lotion provided and replenished as used. The shower also had a full size bath tub with shower gel and shampoo. One thing I did notice about the shower/tub was that you had to raise your leg over the side of the tub and step up about 8-10 inches. No big deal, but I could see someone falling when wet and stepping out. Use the handles to steady yourself or sit down on the side of the tub and swing your legs out. Inside the closet going into the bathroom was an electronic safe. Big enough for a small laptop (like a 13"). When re-programming it we had to really push some of the buttons. It looked like some of the numbers we used more than others and thus required a bit more effort. No big deal as we were able to program the safe and had no problems getting in it. The bed is hard as a brick, 'course I like a soft bed. There were a total of 4 pillows on our bed, and I put one (the non feather one) behind my back and used the feather pillow for my head. Worked out just fine. I'm sure the couch folded out to accommodate 2 more people, but we didn't mess with it. It was nice to curl up on when it was raining and read. Admittedly the tv was rather small, about a 15". But, I didn't come on a cruise to watch tv; I would rather watch the view outside the balcony.
The balcony was large enough for 2 chaise loungers , 2 regular chairs, and a small table for drinks. We didn't use the regular chairs and therefore stacked them in a corner out of the way. We found ourselves laying out on our balcony way more than in a beach chair by the pool. The view from the balcony is amazing. You get a full 180 degree view. Granted, you can't see what's coming, but we took the advice of another couple and turned the tv on the station for the ship web cam and we then knew what was in front of the ship. The view is not blocked by the stateroom partitions since the aft of the ship is sloped. On this particular cruise we had sun on our balcony during the morning going to Cozumel, and after Cozumel we had sun on the balcony in the evenings.
Some folks wonder about the noise and wind in an aft facing room. First, there is NO wind at all. Even when the wind was blowing 50mph outside one day there was nothing on our balcony. The main noise we would hear was the moving of the chairs in the Great Outdoors right above us. A couple mornings at 4am the staff (I guess) started re-arranging the tables/chairs in the outdoor seating area. Then one morning at 3am I was awakened by the chair noise. I think it was the wind blowing them around maybe, because it was 3am and the Great Outdoors doesn't open until 7am. I don't know, but that was the main noise, and I am such a light sleeper. If you are a heavy sleeper you may not hear anything. We couldn't hear people talking or mingling, and we couldn't hear dishes when sailing. When in port you could hear a little bit of people talking but they had to be at the railing at the back of the ship and you had to be outside at your railing. We became accustomed to the chair noise after a few days, and do not consider this to be a deal-breaker on the room. We also had a tiny bit of soot on the chairs, but so not a big deal. I sneaked an extra wash cloth to wipe down the chairs and rail from soot and rain. We had no food come onto our balcony from the Great Outdoors. The only other noise/sensation was when the ship was speeding up or slowing down quickly (coming in and out of port). We could feel a vibration from the propellers, but again no big deal. The benefits of an aft facing room far outweigh the trivial bothers. Read entire member review.
We booked a mini-suite at the aft end of the ship. We have had good experiences in the past in ships looking out the back of the vessel, as these rooms seem a bit larger than a equivalent room on the sides of the vessel. Cabin 8279 was indeed about 30 square feet larger than a similar mini-suite, and the space was in the width of the cabin. It was not as long and narrow as a typical room. In all ways except one, it was a lovely cabin.
But that single flaw, made us complain to the hotel desk. The room was directly above the Stardust theater, and when there was a performance (or a rehearsal), the room vibrated and the sounds traveled up into our cabin. We often like to nap in the afternoon (we are early risers). Now I don't know what other passengers do when something like this occurs, but we sought some relief, and by good fortune, and a willingness to please its passengers, the hotel offered us the single other mini-suite that was vacant (via a no-show)! Cabin 1015 was the typical mini-suite, so it was a bit smaller, but it was not quiet either! It was under the outdoor deck which also was annoying as we were trying to fall asleep. So, in the end, we returned to our original room, asked the desk for the times when the theater would be used, and took the best of the possible choices. The ship should have willingly and voluntarily offered some kind of compensation for this annoyance, but it was only after we complained strongly that a credit of $50 was offered. Since this ship is a decade old, many passengers over the years, in cabins including the 30 or so cabins along the back of the ship and down the hallways must have had to put up with this. I would avoid these cabins (8063-8079 and 8263-8279) aft when making a booking, unless this type of sound and vibrations do not disturb you. Read entire member review.
NCL SUN Cabin 9278
Don't pay the upgrade for these rooms. The balcony patio floor is flooded or covered in soot from the smoke stack. Debris from the outdoor eatery above gets dropped down onto the patio floor or you if you are on your balcony. The room shakes and shudders from being right above the engines. Basically an overpriced oceanview room because you will have a hard time using the balcony. The smell from the fuel and the debris or soot from the smoke stack is terrible. Read entire member review.
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