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Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), private balcony, sitting area with sofa, and a private bathroom. Rates vary from deck to deck. (173 sq. ft., balcony 47 sq. ft.)

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (E1)
Decks: Deck 6 | Deck 7 | Deck 8
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Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony Cabin Reviews
Cabin 6356
Nov 2016
Pure enjoyment By: itsmandysteve
It was our first yime having a balcony and we realy enjoyed having some where that we could sit snd read and just have some quiet time
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Cabin 6522
Oct 2016
Pacific Coastal Sept 30/16 By: Semi Retired
Liked the larger floor space (no couch table is better now) and larger shower with slide doors. (this a regular balcony cabin, not mini-suite balcony) The new color scheme is nice. Didn't care for the enclosed feeling on balcony. Will stick with balcony above 6th floor.
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Cabin 8254
Sep 2016
Totally sufficient. Attentive steward
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Cabin 8298
Aug 2016
Great Cabin, always clean, plenty of room
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Cabin 9586
Jun 2016
3 days into the cruise we had water leaking into our stateroom closet which got all over our clothes. The carpet outside the closet splashed when you stepped on it. It took 3 days and us complaining about the smell before the staff decided to move us out of the stateroom. We had to move our stuff on the last day of the cruise and missed getting into Victoria until afternoon. When we got to the new stateroom the attendant said she had expected us "several days ago". No one told us! Although guest services said they left a voicemail on the phone. We receive no message and talked to our stateroom attendant several times a day about the issue and no one told him we were supposed to move. The only compensation we were given was a bar bottle (cheap) of champagne and an offer of a discount on our next cruise. As I said before, We had already booked a cruise and when we got the itinerary it was for the wrong cruise. So we are cancelling that cruise so the discount really doesn't matter. Therefore we were not compensated at all.
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Cabin 6604
May 2016
One problem was 3 people booked into the cabin, yet only one bed... we had to have a rollaway which limits the space for handicap even further.. Cabin Attendant was Excellent , very friendly and attended to our every need... loved him.
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Cabin 9346
May 2016
Cabin- We were in a deluxe balcony cabin, there is not even a coffee table. RCL claimed the coffee table causes accidents and that is why they removed them except in Suites. If I want one, I can call guest services and they will send me one. Well, I did called and get one, but it is all wear out and in poor shape 2) There are no chocolate on the pillow any more every night. 3) 30% of the hanger in the closet only has the head on the rack but no hangers 4) Face towel is the roughest I have ever used. I tip my cabin steward and he start to bring me almost new ones but they are still rough and hard.
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Cabin 9390
Apr 2016
Absolutely recommend if you ever have the chance to stay in an AFT cabin do it, it was wonderful, larger balcony, and to sit out on the balcony and watch the wake - beautiful, relaxing and very therapeutic, as we were the last cabin on the side of the ship we had no obstruction. 2 chairs with a table on balcony provided, there is a metal bar that you do need to be careful that you don't hit your head on, hit is once and you won't hit your head again, but this was a minor problem and not really a problem at all. Being able to view the whales and albatross following the wake and viewing Milford Sound, Dusky Sound and Doubtful sound from our own balcony was a bonus. It was very quiet cabin, water pressure excellent. Fairly spacious Had to book this cabin 15 months in advance direct with RC to secure the cabin. Thoroughly recommend.
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Cabin 9354
Nov 2015
They couldn't get it right! By: Mike Courier
With the balcony there was plenty of room. As it was our first cruise we don't have anything to judge this cabin with other cruises.
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Cabin 8550
Nov 2015
Excellent balcony cabin on Deck 8. Close to lifts but never noisy. Lovely balcony with table and chairs. Bathroom, only fitted with shower which was great as did not have to climb in and out of bath. Couldn't fault our cabin.
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Cabin 9326
Oct 2015
Due to being the last cabin on the hump, there is no view directly forward, but you can see all the way back easily. Bathroom was on the left when you entered the cabin, and bed was near the balcony. Two seater sofa, but no coffee table. Wardrobe had shelves and hanging space. Bathroom has a single side cabinet to keep toiletries, as well as the shelf under the sink. Shower doors were in place rather than curtains.
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Cabin 9592
Oct 2015
We enjoyed it. By: basingstoke
lovely, clean, super balcony with lovely furniture, lots of space for everything. Bathroom good, shower super. Cabin steward very kind and he did a good job.
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Cabin 1674
Oct 2015
The cabin was clean and well kept, the stateroom attendant was brilliant and very attentive to our needs
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Cabin 1834
Aug 2015
We had two connecting cabins on deck 12. Cabin 1834 and 1836. The balconies were all glass which was amazing. When the balcony divider was opened up we had a supersize balcony with two tables and four recliner arm chairs. The rooms were virtually brand new which meant everything worked perfectly and the bathroom was fresh and clean. There was plenty of storage space in the cabin and a very good size flat screen TV in a recess opposite the bed. The light wood and blue colour scheme was modern. The position of these cabins on the ship is fantastic. There is really no traffic at all in the corridor as there are only a handful of cabins. You step outside the corridor door onto deck 12 with the sky bar and sunbathing areas. Above the cabin on Deck 13 is a sunbathing area, occasionally you could hear sunbeds being moved overhead but this was minimal. When the sea is rough you can feel vibration and movement in these cabins due to the position at the front of the ship and being so high up.
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Jul 2015
Make sure it is cleaned everyday
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Jul 2015
The Balcony cabin we booked was kept very clean and well serviced by our attendant Carlos. However the Balcony was quite small and unlike a lot of the RCCI ships it had a metal frontage on to the sea. So if you were sitting on the balcony a short person would be looking at metal and not sea. It was obvious that some attempt at painting at gone on, on the balcony as there were loads of paint pieces just laying about on the floor. Carlos did his best to clean these up but they had become stuck to the floor of the balcony.
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Cabin 6688
Jun 2015
This is the worse balcony cabins we have been in. The cabin was the usual neat, tidy the usual storage options however the balcony was almost useless. We did choose this one however I will do more research next cruise. It was on deck six aft facing which should have been great BUT it was above the staff area (smoke and karaoke do not allow a relaxing atmosphere). Then there's the view off the back of the ship, the design of the aft means that the aft cabins are set back into a frame work which limits the view and you can't look down into the water. I love aft cabins this cabin was terrible I would definitely NOT recommend it. That all said the cabin steward was great, Marlon, he was really helpful. There was 3 of us so as usual cabins are set up to cater for 2, when I left a note for Marlon asking for 3 of everything he got right on it he even brought another sunbed which on other cruises we have had a hard time getting. The ice bucket was always ready for the refreshments and the towel animals were great.
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Cabin 7320
May 2015
Our cabin was a balcony room on deck 7 and it was lovely. It has been refitted with a new flat screen TV, new chairs, sofas, carpets, shower fittings and lovely new balcony furniture which made enjoying the outside more pleasant. The beds were very comfortable and huge too :) there is plenty of storage space and even though the bathroom is small there is plenty of storage around the mirror. Our stateroom attendant Rosita was amazing and she attended to our every need including ice everyday in the room. She couldn't have done more for us.
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Cabin 8664
Mar 2015
Disappointment from Day 1! By: bordenbunch
Much Smaller than what we expected for a Deluxe Balcony! We were previously on Liberty of the Seas and both the bathroom and bedroom in a similar category were much roomier and much better appointed. While the cabin was clean, it felt worn and old. Carpeting was old. There was rust in the bathroom and on our balcony. There are only 2 outlets, so hard to charge things. PROS: Our cabin steward was fabulous! The bed was super comfortable.
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Cabin 8562
Feb 2015
Nice room, lots of storage, shower would hold some water but not a big deal.
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Cabin 9244
Jan 2015
Were were in room 9244 it was very easy to get to right outside the elevators. We had a balcony room and it was definitely worth it. The room was very clean and we had plenty of closet space. We loved sitting on the balcony at night and most of the time when we were in the room we kept to door open so we could hear the sound of the ocean. the only issue I had with the room was that the bed was very hard I was expecting a much softer mattress.
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Cabin 7594
Jan 2015
Great location, very quiet. I picked this cabin myself so I expected that based on where it was in relation to stairwells and distance from public areas on the ship. You are opposite the Promonade (view) cabins so if it is rocking with the big shows some noise could be heard.
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Cabin 7592
Jan 2015
Good location, not far away from aft elevator and library. Old box TV with poor screen that we keep it turned off all the time. Good and hot shower. Plenty storage for 3 suitcases.
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Cabin deck 6 mid ship
Jan 2015
Welcome to By: kim4larry
The room was beautiful. Our attendant was attentive and great! Towel animals and daily activity letter. I loved it.
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Cabin 9690
Dec 2014
Cabin 9690 is a port side aft balcony. It's a little wider than the other balcony cabins, and the balcony itself is large enough for two chairs, a small table, and two loungers. The railing tilts inward so you lose a bit of space, but there's plenty of room to stretch your legs under the railing and still get lots of sun
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Cabin 6592
Dec 2014
Cabin Steward was top notch and fulfilled all expectations.
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Cabin 6690
Dec 2014
I did not realize my balcony was 15 feet from the back of the ship or that the rear balconies get very little breeze.
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Cabin 8566
Dec 2014
Unhappy Cruisers By: KeithE
Our balcony was great. we always get balcony
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Cabin 8270
Nov 2014
We always get a balcony cabin and we were not disappointed in this choice. It was not the biggest but for 2 people, was fine as we don't spend too much time in the room except to sleep and change, shower, etc. The rooms were clean and comfortable.
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Cabin 8558
Sep 2014
Plenty of storage, shower is a bit tight. An extension cord w/multiple outlets would be of value to anyone with many chargers.Deck is small, but big enough for two.
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Cabin 6270
Sep 2014
Fabulous time on Explorer! By: DramaQueen22
Great location mid ship. Ample storage. Quiet.
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Sep 2013
Balcony Cabin Cat-E1 mid-shipNot required on this Canada New England Cruise since it does get cold as you sail towards New Brunswick and Hailfax. so stick to the inside or outside and save your moneyCabin in very good condition despite the age of the ship although the carpet is a bit old. Plenty of closet space, great balcony, location a 2 minute walk to the elevators (no elevator noise). Can easily walk to the Palace Theater for the shows, however, the dining rooms were quite a walking distance
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Aug 2013
No big deal By: C.Dogg
Our balcony cabin was efficient, but had little extra and was a little outdated. The large tube TV, leaking toilet and lack of comfortable seating were drawbacks, but nothing was worse than the incorrect instructions to operate the safe that were printed on the door.
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Cabin 9648
Jul 2013
Nice cruise By: brysk5
When travelling to Bermuda: this room has a balcony that faces New York. You can get great pictures of the statue of liberty in front of the New York skyline. It also faces the port in Bermuda. We enjoyed watching the ship dock and leave from our balcony. Quiet location.
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Cabin 9692
May 2013
9392 on the aft - Long walk to EVERYTHING but a great balcony. Starting to show her age!!!!!
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Cabin 6554
May 2013
Explorer is due for an upgrade soon, but our cabin was in absolutely excellent condition. Balcony Cabin6554 is just above the Promenade but set far enough away that no noise filters up. It was a quick trip one deck down to the Cafe for drinks or quick snacks.
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Cabin 6628
Feb 2013
Loved the Cabin 6628... Very Private Balcony!
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Cabin 8544
Dec 2012
The location was excellent. Right next to the stairs and elevator. Must have excellent insulation because when the door was closed it was very quiet and no noise from the elevator or loud promenade area. The balcony was not very useful but the large window was very nice. Great view of the sunrise or sunset. The room thermostat actually worked.
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Nov 2012
Very roomy cabin; the curved edges of the bed made it easy to walk around. Didn't care for the balcony design (a bit claustrophobic, walled-in feeling). Bathroom was efficient but design was a bit outdated.
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Cabin 8664
Oct 2012
better than Carnival By: Allie02
Room 8664....quiet, nice room. Needs updating. Getting a little "shabby".
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Cabin 9220
Sep 2012
Great first cruise By: WickedGarden
Our room was a stateroom with a balcony. The room was actually larger than I thought it would be. The king size bed was comfy. The balcony was okay, people next to us were smokers, but thats not RCI's fault. There was a door in the middle of our room to connect to the adjacent room, we could hear our neighbors talk pretty easily, but luckily they were only there for 2 nights since I think they got moved into that room. I would definitely get this room again
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Cabin 8620
Aug 2012
Our cabin was fine. For more than 2 people, it could get a little tight but for 2, no problem. The bed was very comfortable. The small couch was used mostly for dirty clothes. We were able to store 3 suitcases, 2 valet bags and 1 carry-on with no problem. Closet space was adequate. The TV was a little antiquated. The bathroom was manageable. BUT, I am 6-feet tall and wigh 195 pounds. If you are any larger than that, you may have a problem in the shower. It's a tight fit.
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Cabin 6626
Aug 2012
I had a great time! By: loveandcruises
Cabin 6626: Great big comfy bed, nice flat screen TV, great air conditioning, great veranda.
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Cabin 7654
Jul 2012
Cabin 7654 - Balcony Room carpets were very stained. Beds were uncomfortable. Towards the back of the ship.
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Cabin 7688
Jun 2012
Amazing balcony with aft view. The walk back was worth every second. Very quiet area of the ship. Felt some vibration. Near a crew stairway, but never saw (or heard)anyone use it.
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Cabin 8648
Apr 2012
Our cabin for 2 people was ample in ever way. If i had to mention one thing it would be my other half is 6' 2 and the shower was a little crowded but doable. Closet space was good and also the balcony was good in size and very private with excellent views.
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Cabin 9522
Jan 2012
Nice cabin but a little outdated. Storage in the rooms was more than what I thought we would get. Big closet, about six small drawers and cabinet space above the safe. Storage on each side of the mirror. Balcony was a good size, but we had to ask for a third chair, which make it kind of tight but it was still nice to be able to have your coffee on.
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Cabin 8312
Dec 2011
Cabin 8312 was very nice, reasonable size for 2. Toilet /shower good and balcony great. Very good location close to lifts. Always clean and well maintained.
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Cabin 8256
Nov 2011
Cabin 8256 Excellent location, great balcony, quiet
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Cabin 7258
Nov 2011
THE SMELL By: LizCtish
CABIN #7258 - Small but wonderful balcony. Noise control is great with the heavy sliding doors. Bathroom is tiny and I would have said okay except that the toilet overflowed and dumped raw sewage on the floor. The bed was very comfortable. Plenty of storage space throughout the room. CABIN #1312 - Great balcony. Bed less comfortable than #7258. Nice sized room. Very good storage space. Close to the elevators, but you can't hear them.
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Cabin 1064
Nov 2011
Cabin 8364
Sep 2011
Family Celebration By: MFS1961
I was in the Navy and anything above a war ship is good for me! Sorry
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Cabin 6622
Aug 2011
6622....Amilcar was a great attendant. Perfect location by elevators and staircases. Our room was easily large enough for the two of us. Suitcases fit under bed easily, plent of closet and shelf space for clothes. The bed was labeled as a queen, but felt larger and great to sleep in. I loved all of the RCTV channels. I enjoyed learning about how the ships were built and restored from them. The balcony was definitely worth it. Shower in the bathroom was a bit small, but it did the job.
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Cabin 7530
Jul 2011
First Time in Bermuda By: LoveBritian
Quiet location, great view (faced Kings Wharf) plenty of space for 2 people.
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Cabin 7550
Jul 2011
We had a balcony cabin--for three adults, it was small (expected) but had a good deal of space for storage--nooks and crannies--very well thought out. Towel animal scuptures every other night--were a fun addition--but I did miss not having chocolate on my pillow!
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Cabin 6280
May 2011
Our cabin was fine. Not very big, but adequate for two people. I don't think I would have wanted to add a third person. The balcony was wonderful. Small, but again, good enough for two people. The bathroom and shower were small, but served their purpose. Good location, not far from elevators and stairways. Never had a noise problem.
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Cabin 7687
May 2011
The balcony room was kept extremely clean all day, it was on the small size shower etc but OK... with so many balconies on the ship everyone seemed very relaxed... The pools and facilities are all clean and available...
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Cabin 8604
Jan 2011
Much Improved By: jome
Cabin is small but location is fine. Computers on the floor are far enough away to be quiet but close enough to be easy to use to go on line when you want.Balcony is also small.
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Cabin 6254
Jan 2011
cabin 6254 closet ample for 3 guests, balcony appreciated but rusty, balcony chairs old and dirty, balcony wooden railing splintery and unpainted or finished, quiet location, bathroom good size, toilet constantly smelled of urine, shower had a door not a curtain and always had hot water (!!!), beds (one queen, one overhead bunk) were clean and soft, pillows flat but stackable, towels ample and soft, overall room was good.
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Cabin 8540
Dec 2010
Cabin was roomy --with a still a tiny bathroom, but we didn't feel cramped. Good location on the ship--close to elevators but we didn't hear anything for guests or the elevators, only kids jumping around in the cabin above us. there is no conditioner in the bathrooms--be sure to bring some along.
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Cabin 7690
Nov 2010
Great Cabin....large aft balcony with architectural obstruction, but panoramic view was still very good. Balcony had table with two chairs and two lounge chairs. Sliding balcony door had a handle that permitted you to keep the door open partially or all the way.
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Cabin 8618
Nov 2010
8618 is a great cabin, close to the elevators and with great views from the balcony. It was the perfect size for 2 adults.
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Cabin 8538
Aug 2010
Closet space was adequate for the 3 of us (2 adults and 1 child). Liked that there was shelving inside closet. Though the drawers in the room itself were small we put them to good use and used the cubby space too. Loved having a balcony. Though we were forward we were close to the elevators and were just 3 quick flights of stairs down to the Promenade.
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Cabin 9396
Aug 2010
Exploring the Explorer By: star-gazing
Quite location but a long walk from the elevators (which I didn't mind but could be an issue for some). Great balcony.
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Jul 2010
Disappointing Christmas By: Judith Wright
Well appointed with sufficient storage.
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Cabin 8322
Jul 2010
8322 end of bump balcony, not a great view,thought it would be as good as middle of the bump. Location is excellent, we like being near the elevators; no additional noise like some might think.8311 PR cabin, the view is of the elevators. It is above guest relations and the view to the promenade is obstructed.
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Cabin 7638
Jul 2010
Great balcony, Port side view, plenty of room.
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Cabin 8318
Apr 2010
great view from the center hump cabin. very near the aft elevators and stairways. yes, it could use a little painting, but that did not and will not ever ruin my vacation
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Cabin 8278
Apr 2010
No complaints. We use the cabin to sleep in and the balcony to view the outside. Other than that, we are out and about most of the time
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Cabin 7592
Mar 2010
Great Balcony, Large comfortable bed, plenty storage. in an ideal location.
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Cabin 8692
Feb 2009
Too much virbration! I may no longer (per my wife) book an aft cabin. Felt like the ship was going to split in half.
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Dec 2008
Small closet but big enough for 2, quiet location, small bathroom.
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Cabin 7536
Sep 2008
Great view of NYC harbor, decent size, room for bags in corner by chair, comfortable, near stairs and elevators.
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Cabin 8576
Aug 2008
Great central location, nice balcony, tiny shower.
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