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Spa Balcony (8S)
Decks: Deck 12
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Cabin 12040
Cabin: 12040 – Spa Balcony (Sleeps 3, no pullman): GREAT LOCATION! The room itself is your typical room, just decorated in muted tones of green and blue. My wife said it was very calming. You are provided a robe and slippers for the spa, along with ELEMIS products in the bath room. Balcony is a little small, but big enough for 2 chairs. You are directly across the hall to a door that leads to the elevators and walkway to the spa/gym. If you hang a right out of the room, you are taken to the Splash Deck. I was a little nervous about being so close to the splash deck with noise/etc. Not once did we hear it. Even during the middle of the day, we never once heard kids/etc. The Balcony is NOT covered, and if you look up, you can see anyone who decides to look over the railing from the Serenity deck, however the serenity is pretty empty at night, so you don't lose any privacy. The location alone is reason enough to book this cabin. Our friends were one deck below in Cabin 11244 and said they liked the location as well. The Spa Deck is 1 floor above and was great to relax in after working out in the morning. They have a Thelasso pool, tile chairs, Oriental Steam room, Dry Sauna and Aroma Steam Room that are included with your Spa Balcony. You are also given a “DIY In Room Scrub Treatment”, which you can select from Eucalyptus, Chocolate, Vanilla or Lavender. All of them smell really good. We went to this area daily and it was never really busy. Always a place to sit. Remember to wear your sandals or spa slippers, the floors in the spa area are very SLIPPERY!
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Cabin 12016
Overall cabin 12016 was standard size, but had tons of storage, and I loved the lighted vanity/desk area. The balcony on deck 12 has very little cover, which I knew going in. That was a downside for me, but being steps from the gym down the hall was very nice. We used the stairs frequently to go up one floor to the heated loungers and pool in the spa area and one floor above that to Serenity. We loved being in the spa cabin and used the spa frequently. It felt like our own private area and was always so quiet.
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Cabin 12001
Magic Review naturist
Average Carnival cabin, perfect for 2-3 but would be very hard to handle if there was a forth. Room steward was fantastic as usual, never had a problem. Never saw or heard our neighbor and don't think the cabin was even occupied. Was directly accross from side entrance to the gym so in 20 feet one could go from your bed to the treadmill.
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Cabin 12015

We had FTTF so we went straight to our cabin, 12015, 12th floor forward, starboard side (translates as front of the ship, right hand side!). Our first balcony, and first time in a spa cabin. I had a ton of questions about this room so I’ll take a few minutes here (and include a few pics) to let you know what a spa cabin with a balcony on the 12th floor is all about!

We were the 7th balcony from the front of the ship.

Size-wise it’s about the same as all the others we’ve had but is laid out more nicely than the Fantasy-class ships we’ve been on. It had a sofa, an ice bucket and a fridge, although we brought a cooler and used it plus the ice bucket all week, never touched the fridge. DH opened it and felt one of the drinks to confirm what everyone says- it was cool but not cold.

The spa balconies on 12 are not covered. There is about a 12 inch overhang from above then metal rails (see pics). What this means is that the balcony is useless in the rain. But when it’s not, the balcony is just great! We used it a lot, night and day! It rarely got so hot from full sun exposure that it was uncomfortable… so while it wasn’t a big deal, if I did it again I’d go for a cabin on the 11th floor, so I’d have the protection from the rain.

What comes with a spa cabin? Here’s the list…

• Upgraded robes to borrow (way too heavy for me, I never used mine)

• 2 pairs of slippers to keep (one size fits all which means they’re probably too big for most women and too small for most men)

• 4 oz bottle of linen spray that we used on the pillows every night- LOVED this stuff! I asked in the spa if I could buy some and they told me they don’t sell it! So I asked our steward Chris where I might get some… two hours later I had 3 more bottles! (more about Chris later!)

• Elemis spa shampoo & conditioner, body wash and lotion- 4 oz samples only… the stuff you get in the dispensers in the shower are the same as all the other cabins on the ship.

• 6 round soaps in the container that the Breathe Right and toothpaste samples used to be in- we got nothing this cruise besides the soaps, I’m not sure if it’s because we were in a spa cabin or if everyone on the cruise was the same.

• There’s a note in your room that tells you to also pick up your free Elemis body scrub in the spa… don’t forget to ask for it at the spa because they won’t ask you! You have a choice of 4 scents… I remember one was lavender but I could hardly smell it. I don’t remember the other two, but the one I picked was the Chocolate Peppermint body scrub- it comes in a little gift package with a mini-loofah. It made a great tchotchke for my daughter.

The spa amenities were good and we used them quite a bit. The Thalasso pool is like a big hot tub (although mostly just warm) that is supposed to be full of minerals that will relax and rejuvenate those aches and pains. We liked it and it did help a bit, but I’m not sure it’s a magic pill for what ails you! I found that I couldn’t lay on the submerged loungers at all- the bubbles forced me to float and it wasn’t comfortable at all. But I was able to hang out at the end where you enter the pool and I really liked it.

The other advantage to the spa cabin is the Cloud 9 Thermal Suites… there are 2 steam rooms- one has a strong mint scent and is very hot (called the Aroma Steam bath), the second is called the Oriental Steam bath and is just a steam room. The other 2 rooms were my favorite. The Tepidarium can be warm and it had tiled loungers that faced the windows, giving you a terrific view. The Laconium also had the loungers, and you reclined more in them and I found them more comfortable. All the loungers in both rooms were heated and were absolutely lovely! Grab a towel from the Thalasso pool area and roll it up under your head as a pillow… but make sure you have someone who can come wake you up after a while!

Only note I want to make here is that if you use any of these facilities first thing in the morning (say, around 8 AM) you might find that they’ve just turned things on and they’re not really warm/hot/ready as they will be later in the day.

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Cabin 12033

nice "very plain jane" stateroom. small balcony with NO cover

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Cabin 12014

Quiet location, upgraded spa colors, roomy balcony, thicker robes, Elemis products.

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Cabin 12007
Excellent location... away from all sources of noise. Close to the gym and the Serenity retreat. An easy elevator ride to the main show lounge or main lobby. It's great that neighbors in the other spa balcony cabins are not allowed to smoke... but beware that the folks on the lower decks are allowed to smoke on their balconies. A tiny amount of smoke may blow up to your balcony. The decor in the spa cabins is very nice and tasteful... not loud like on other Carnival ships. I thought the pictures in this room were hung too low, though!
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Cabin 12027
Cloud 9 Spa balcony cabin (12027). It was very nice. The decor is a bit subdued with different art work in the cabin. Size and layout was typical of a balcony cabin. You receive priority spa appointments, 2 complimentary athletic classes, robe with slippers, spa bath products and linen spray for your pillows. The room was quiet and made it easy to get the Sport Deck where we spent a lot of time. We will book this category again, when it's available. Closet space was fine for two people. This is a non-smoking area/cabin/balcony.
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Cabin 12006
A Great Honeymoon MrSnarkyPants
Quiet location, great view from the balcony, close proximity to Spa and Serenity deck.
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11244 - Spa Deck Very small. Not much larger than the lowest inside cabin. I was disappointed.
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Too much SuziQ13
Nice, clean, roomy, but HOT.
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Cabin 12044
Better Than Expected netcruizer99
Cabin #12044 Very nice spa cabin. Would've liked a curtain to separate the kids bed from the parents. Also cigarette smoke came from somewhere into this room every now and then, like 2:00 AM in the morning etc. no one on balcony smoking so I'm not sure where it came from. It was only a few times and didn't stay, but if you're allergic you may not want this cabin. Lots of noises from the serenity deck above it and also there's a door to the outside across from this cabin that everyone slams...
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Cabin 11215
Lacking some Magic ziggyperth
Non Smoking Room but didn't stop someone below us smoking a cigar. Great view quite hallway Would use again. Very spacious room with extra dinning suites more than enough cupboard space and hanging space. Could do with a couple more hangers. Bathroom had own spa bath and shower. All you could want in a cabin. Ice delivered twice a day.
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We had a balcony on 9. Normal carnival balcony as on any older ship. Meh.
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Cabin 12044
Escape from Reality EnglishTim
12044 an excellent location and very quiet
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Cabin 12021
Cabin spacious with lots of storage space even with three adults in our cabin. The beds were unbelievably comfortable. The bathroom had plenty of room so someone could shower while the other was using the sink. The balcony had no roof so was a perfect sun trap but the steward warned us to keep the door closed as when they clean the deck above (early in the morning) the balcony could get wet.
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Cabin 12023
12023 - Spa Balcony cabin, no noise from hallway and very convenient to spa and gym.
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