Suites with balconies can be upwards of 85 percent larger than a Mini-Suite, with up to 706 square feet of space. Features two luxury twin beds made up as a queen, a separate sitting area with sofa bed and desk, and a bathtub with massage shower head.
The closet was small and so there was not enough room to store two suitcases. This penthouse was just below deck 15 which had the pool and sundeck. Each morning at 6 am the deck crew would clean the deck above and drag and throw chairs around. The chair dragging and banging was exceptionally loud. There was no regard for people who might be sleeping below. One night the banging started about 3 am which was particularly annoying. Insulation should be put between the deck and cabin ceiling. The balcony was nice with both table and chairs and two chase loungers. The bathroom and living area were large and nicely decorated. Beautiful pictures on the walls. It was a treat to have a whirlpool tub. Good lighting throughout the cabin. Read entire member review.
Our suite on the Aloha deck was waiting for us, with fresh flowers, a mini-bar setup, and a warm welcome from John, our cabin steward. We gladly noted the full-size shower and whirlpool tub, the separate toilet/sink room, walk-in closet, large living area and the HUGE balcony facing aft. Many people have questioned the location of the suites on Princess ships, but we can say this suite was ideal. We had absolutely no noise from the Terrace Pool above, nor mechanical noise from the adjacent vent opening. There was no unusual vibration from the propulsion system except when the rear thrusters were being used to position the ship in port, and even then it lasted only a minute. The most obvious feature is the noise of the water when the ship is underway, a rushing sound that varies depending on the speed of the ship. This was never a problem, and we slept with the sliding glass doors open every night, enjoying the water sounds and the gentle breeze. Finally, there is little or no wind on the balcony while underway, making it a very pleasant place to spend a lot of time. It almost feels like a private yacht.
Traveling in a Suite does provide some other benefits: canapes delivered to your stateroom every afternoon (we had chocolate-dipped strawberries most days), Lotus Spa products in the bathroom, an expanded room-service menu, priority tender tickets and, most significantly, access to the breakfast service in Sabatini's that is provided for Suite passengers only. Read entire member review.
The cabin was wonderful. It had a large balcony. Very clean. The bathroom had two separate areas. One with the jet tub and glass enclosed shower, and another with the toilet and sink.
There was a sitting area with a bar sink and second TV. The cabin was at the back of the ship. I think there was some additional vibrations at times, but nothing that really bothered us. It was very quiet. I rarely even heard anyone out in the hallway.
Overall, a great cabin! Read entire member review.
R401 - very functional, step-in closet, big enough shower, huge tub (waste of space), single sink :(, no perks for a suite owner (their list of perks is bs), noisy from above (deck chairs moving around, people running at 5 AM, etc), good location, nice sized balcony, 2 tvs. Read entire member review.
penthouse suite! what a joke just a normal suite with a sofa cramed in, very narrow balcony, not big enough for balcony dinning , wished i would have saved money and booked a normal suite, nothing to gain with the penthouse suite. Read entire member review.
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