Very disappointing. The sofa bed in this room is effectively unusable with 'undulating', seriously worn and noisy springs and a paper thin mattress. My student daughter manged to get by for a week on the other single mattress & sleeping on the floor. The sofa's themselves were old and uncomfortable so we didn't even sit on them. I've informed guest relations and the attendant was fully aware of this issue but I have no confidence this will have made any difference. The bathroom is looking tired and old with cracked floor grouting, mould in many areas/corners and the shower head flops. The attendant was lovely but, for the first time ever I have heard noise, and a lot of it, from the next door cabin, mostly from 2 very noisy young boys who screamed and ran around late into the night and should really never have been 'contained' on a ship. Since these rooms are sold as family rooms, I would beware. I've no idea if the room configuration makes for thinner walls between these particular two cabins - 7201 & 7199 - but it is an issue, even down to the door slamming shut on exit and entry. We also had serious soot land on the balcony from the ship's funnel. We overlooked the veranda to the 'penthouse suite' and had to endure kids throwing bottles overboard and smoking. We also had to hear the people above conversing with 'neighbors' about how great their day had been and how dysfunctional their families were, due to the openness of the balconies. Towards then end of the cruise we were also affected by noise from late night music blaring out from the sunset deck. My initial excitement at securing this room on a late available guarantee has left me disappointed. Despite the slight extra space, privacy screen and larger balcony, I wouldn't choose this room again and was disappointed that we were unable to transfer to any other room due to the ship being 'full'. Read entire member review >>
The Family Veranda cabins worked great for our family. The grandparents (my parents) had their own room. My sister and I each had one of the Family Veranda cabins with 4 children each. Each room had a queen bed - that could be separated into two twin beds; a sofa that converted into a twin bed; and a sleeper sofa that had a full-sized mattress. Each room also had a large balcony with 2 lounge chairs and a table with 4 chairs. The queen bed and twin were very comfortable. The pull-out sofa bed was like most sofa beds - not that great. When I am booking a house for vacation I never count a sofa bed as a real bed. But this was what we had.
The room worked very well for us with 5 people per room, with plenty of closet space and drawers/shelves - even for a room that had 5 females with lots of clothes! The room had plenty of space except when the beds were all opened up - then it was a tight fit. But this was at night time and was not an issue. Read entire member review >>
9156 - aft, far starboard family veranda cabin. Love this cabin. This was our second cruise in a FV. Separate living room area from bedroom area. Lots of room and the best part is the enormous veranda from which we could see out one side as well as the back. The only drawback to a ninth deck FV is that it's right underneath the rear lounge and we could occasionally hear chairs being moved above our heads. This didn't bother us - we'd book this cabin again in the future, but it's not an issue at all on the FV cabins on the 8th and 7th deck. Read entire member review >>
Family Veranda Room
Excellent for the family. Four adults in the room. Nice size pleanty of room and the balcony is great. The only drawback may be the rooms are frequented by families with small children. The first day you could hear children crying on the balcony. You could not hear them in the room. If chilren bother you then this may not be the best room. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was a decent size for a cruise cabin, but was very out of date. Our veranda had many signs of aging. It was at the end (Aft), so we had great views, however our wall around was not see-through, like the others, so the children had a hard time seeing out. I didn't let my kids out there unattended, as there are lower rails on the far side that my kids could possibly climb on. The veranda partition could not be removed, which was a problem for us, but probably wouldn't be for others. With an update, I would recommend the location and size. Read entire member review >>
Family View 8181. Our room was huge and the balcony was just a large!
Perfect room for 3 girls! The primary bedroom has two singles beds or a queen size bed. The sitting room has a couch that converts to a single or a loveseat that converts to a double sized bed. The converted double-sized bed is "ok". I brought my own mattress cover to make sure the bed was confortable.
Lots of drawer and hanging space for all of our stuff.
Balcony is amazing! We were able to hang out on the balcony for sun when we didn't feel like joining the crowd at the pool. Bar and buffet were just 2 floors above us (a quick trip up the elevator).
We have been spoiled by this room! Read entire member review >>
Corner Family Veranda, Great Closet Space, Large Oversized Balcony. These cabins have plenty of room for family, and hence generally reserved for 4 or more people. Sliding frosted glass door provides a bit of privacy. Tiny bathroom like most regular cabins. Two TV's a plus. Read entire member review >>