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Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), sitting area (some with sofa bed), private balcony and private bathroom. Rates vary from deck to deck. (177 sq. ft., balcony 74 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 2558
Apr 2017
Great interconnecting ocean view state room. Got two cabins for family of four and open door. Can't beat the two bathrooms and extra storage. Wished we were higher up but made due with elevators and got lots of exercise with he stairs. Need that with all the eating and drinking anyway !
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Cabin 6630
Mar 2017
On the hump, extra room inside and on balcony, great location!
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Cabin 6550
Feb 2017
Not the greatest! By: ron1946
Cabin was nice and very comfortable. Cabin Steward (Dexter) did a great job in keeping our mess cleaned up!
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Cabin 8288
Jan 2017
Having a balcony was the only way to go. Gave us a great view and enhanced the overall cruise experience.
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Cabin 8550
Jan 2017
I was very happy with this room. Before I left I was reading here on Cruise Critic that its location being near the elevators may be susceptible to Elevator noise and foot traffic or noise from the atrium but it was not the case. The room was very quiet. It may be because most people use the rear elevators most often due to that they are closest to the food areas and such but I had no complaints about the room. According to the specs the Deluxe Ocean-view has a slightly larger balcony than the slightly more expensive Superior Ocean view and I must say I liked the balcony very much. a tip, the breakfast room service is free so get it everyday and eat your breakfast on the balcony. Its really nice. The Balcony was roomy the glass was clean. Nice view! The last night around 10 PM I went down to deck 5 to get something to drink and they had this really loud 70's music with Village People dancers and stuff. It was pretty loud on deck 5 however outside my cabin I could hear it a little bit but inside the cabin I couldn't hear anything at all. I didn't know anything was going on until I opened my door, it could have been going on every night for all I know because I couldn't hear a thing from inside. I would defiantly get this room again. Nice balcony, near the elevator and stairs and quiet. I was actually concerned before I left that I made a mistake in picking this one and it would be noisy due to its location but thankfully it was good. one of my favorite rooms on any ship I had sailed so far.
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Cabin 6710
Jan 2017
Very Disappointing By: capecruzer
Loved our corner aft balcony cabin. Balcony was very large with a side porthole window as well as aft view. Two loungers, two chairs, and a small table. Some shade, some sun.
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Cabin 8367
Jan 2017
Not so Royal By: rc4music2
roomy, bathrooms larger than usual. No clingy shower curtain. Bed was comfortable.
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Cabin 1304
Dec 2016
The cabin wasn't huge, but it was an adequate size for 2 people. The closet was a bit small, however, and so we were not able to both fully unpack. Our suitcases fit easily under the bed. The "cooler" didn't feel cool at all, so I called to ask how to turn it on. I explained I had eye medication for my glaucoma that needs refrigeration, and our excellent steward Henre brought me a mini-fridge, which kept my eye drops cold and also was handy for keeping bottled water cold. The balcony was small, but still nice. I have only experienced an aft balcony before (this was our 3rd cruise, and the first on this ship), and I do prefer aft to the side balcony. However, it was nice being close to the elevators. A steward's break area was right outside our cabin, but we did not hear them at all when inside our cabin, so it was no bother. It actually made it easy to find our cabin! The bed was hard as a rock. I kept meaning to call to see if we could get a foam topper, but we were so busy with all the happenings (it was a reggae cruise) I kept forgetting until it was bedtime. The bed we had on the Norwegian Pearl was MUCH more comfortable. Pillows were good. The bathroom was small, but I thought the shower was very well designed. It is a little capsule, but unlike many hotel showers there is no clinging curtain, and there are adequate and well-placed shelves for your shampoo, etc. (bring your own!) The water pressure was good, and there is also a hand-held shower head - you switch between the two. Overall it is a good cabin, but not at all luxurious (and for the price a little luxury would not hurt!)
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Cabin 7386
Dec 2016
Dec 2016
Three of us in the cabin and the sleeper sofa was actually really comfortable.
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Cabin 6648
Sep 2016
Lovely cabin on Deck 6 portside..... nice location near aft ship easy to get to dinning and childrens activities ... location near lifts handy.....No noise at all was heard Balocny was nice we were on the curve of the aft so we didnt get to see the front of the ship due to the curve we could see the back for sure and we enjoyed our balcony views. Cabin was nice as there was 4 of us .... nice large double bed with sofa bed...... which was always put away and taken back in the evening by joseff our stateroom attendant. The cabin was spotless but as others have mentioned it was a little tired but that did not affect us in anyway. plenty of wardrobe space ...... we placed our cases under the bed which was very handy for getting them out of the way...... Would stay again in this cabin ......
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Cabin 6354
May 2016
Good but Not Great By: Vickychris12
Nice cabin comfy bed needed 3 pillows as they were quite thin. Lots of hanging and storage space. Very quiet and at back of ship near restaurants
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Cabin Deck 7
May 2016
Average cabin. Poor in room TV. Sound proofing average.
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Cabin 9288
Apr 2016
Just Average for RCCL By: nailcutter
Cabin was decent sized. Good closet space. Bathroom typical for a cruise ship. Bed comfortable. Fridge and flat screen tv in stateroom. Good sized balcony.
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Cabin 8606
Dec 2015
Fun, Relaxing Cruise By: Eagle2006
I finally had a balcony (deck 8, 8606) to share with my brother. Having a balcony room was definitely one of the top things about his cruise, having been inside for the last cruises, I finally saw daylight. The room was a nice size with plenty of room for two people. We actually had an adjoining room with our parents, so at times it felt like a suite.
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Cabin 8578/ 8449
Nov 2015
Problems getting cabin made up. Cabin steward did not remember personal requests
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Sep 2015
Average, we had to ask to replenish the shampoo and conditioner everyday. Other than that it was well kept.
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Cabin 7310
Sep 2015
Independence of the Seas; Great Cruise! By: High Roller Cruiser
Clean! Ample room but the bathroom was a bit "tight". Still trying to figure out how some of the "larger" folks go in and out of the shower. Do not drop the soap! The bed was one of the most comfortable we have had while on a cruise. We had a balcony which was more than ample in size...no deck lounges but two chairs and a table. Air conditioning was great but most of all the room was quiet and we could not hear any of our neighbors!
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Cabin 6302
Sep 2015
Cabin was in a GREAT LOCATION!!!!! The room was what you would expect from a basic balcony. No hot water at all and the a/c needs fixed.
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Cabin 1534
Sep 2015
1534 - large and spacious, very quiet no noise above or below, it is a connecting room so there can be noise from the other room as we unfortunately heard strange things at strange times, lol. It is far forward so there is a bit of a walk to get the back where most activities are. Most people said service was better on the higher decks but quite honestly, it seemed like my relatives received better service than I did on lower decks, so I wouldn't necessarily go by that.
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Cabin 7626/7628
Sep 2015
The cabin size was good and were clean. The cabin steward was friendly. Her service was not up to par based on our other cruise experience.
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Aug 2015
Cabin Clean at boarding. All parts working. One deck chair needed repair.
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Cabin 8588
Jun 2015
Great Family Experience By: Condopres
Very nice and very clean. The bathroom and shower were smaller than we are used to but perfectly adequate.
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Cabin 6410
Jun 2015
Dissapointing at Best By: kimberlybills
The cabin itself was good. However, we paid extra for the balcony, we always do, we love to sit out there instead of having to fight for a seat by the pool, but this time we had all these bars overhead so when we laid out we had to find that one kinda clear spot so you didn't get a funky tan. This is also not clear and of all the balcony rooms we had in the past this is the first to have these bars so it was certainly not expected, I was really rather upset about this...paying more for this is absurd.
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Cabin 7674
May 2015
Loved our cabin towards the back of ship. Windjammer, FlowRider, sports court , dining room, etc were above or below us. Biggest balcony(1) room we have ever had. Deep and easily accommodated two chairs and a lounger.
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Cabin 7338
Apr 2015
Cabin was wonderful! I don't know how they make their sheets so soft, but they are heavenly. The bed was comfortable too! Lots of closet room; we always pack a few extra hangers with us as we bring lots of clothes. While not as spacious as a Suite, the room was fine for 2 people. We had a balcony which was center on the hump. Loved, loved, loved the view. We drank our wine on the balcony, and watched the stars at night.
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Cabin 7342
Apr 2015
Another great cruise! By: Locobill49
The cabin was very nice. We really enjoy balcony cabins. Plenty of room, and storage room. Enoyed the fact that the shower had doors, instead of curtains. We had three couples beside each other and we were able to open the dividers between the balconys to make a large balcony. Very nice!
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Cabin 2656
Mar 2015
Small, but size sufficient. Did not like the bunk bed lay out at all. Directly above our bed. Beds very comfortable.
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Cabin 7408
Mar 2015
Really nice February cruise By: Cruising mom 3
We were able to reserve cabin #7408 after doing some research on Cruise Critic (aft balcony, starboard corner). We loved our balcony - it was the best one we've ever had! It wasn't as big as my imagination based on the descriptions and some videos I'd seen, but it was really, really nice. We could look down into other balconies, but no one could look down on ours and that was nice.They had egg crate foam on the very large bed. It was so comfortable! There was ample room to store clothing and supplies for all three of us, but I do also bring a shoe holder to give us extra storage space. There were six drawers in the dresser, and one drawers and a cubby hole in the each of the two night stands, along with shelving in the closet. We also use the space under the bed to store the suitcases. I loved the way that they used the space in the bathroom to enlarge the shower. It was a circle that extended a little way into the bathroom. It gave more shower space and didn't take too much space from the interior of the bathroom. I would have liked two side medicine cabinets instead of one.The interior of the cabin was a little smaller than the Disney Fantasy cabin, but it met our needs well. My daughter slept on a bunk bed that came down from the ceiling and loved it (Disney had a fold out couch that wasn't nearly as comfortable as the bunk bed). We didn't love the bunk bed to the extent that we both hit our heads on the bed (it stayed down all week), but we got used to it after awhile. Our cabin attendant, June, was great (though I was disappointed that we only saw towel animals on three of the eight nights - my daughter was looking forward to them as well). Since RC doesn't provide chocolate on the pillows, we should at least get towel animals, I think. But the lack of towel animals was our only complaint about June, and in fairness, we didn't mention it to him.
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Cabin 8388
Feb 2015
Not impressed By: c771456
The cabin was quiet, clean and comfortable. The balcony was spacious and we loved the views.
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Cabin 6672
Feb 2015
Royal Carribbean Changed! By: carmelinam
Room Was very spacious with a huge pullout sofa. there were 4 of us in the room 2 adults and 2 children and had enough space for all our stuff.
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Cabin 8550
Feb 2015
Enjoyable Cruise By: DM98
Surprising amount of room in the cabin. The bed was very comfortable.The cabin steward was a very hardworking person, nothing was too much trouble for him. He looked after us very well.
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Cabin 7662
Jan 2015
Very quiet hallway location, close enough to elevators to be convenient but not close enough to hear any foot traffic. Note; The aft port side bank of elevators (the one nearest this room) is the only way to access deck 14 by elevator, where the Olive or Twist Lounge and Diamond club are located, so if you are going to frequent those places, get a room here.
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Cabin 6684
Jan 2015
Fantastic Family Cruise By: doxiemomma2
We were towards the back of the ship (port side) in a connecting room. Our neighbors were French and we could sometimes hear the husband when he was annoyed with something- rather gruff with his wife, but she could hold her own. :) The room was great. Plenty of room for the two of us. We spent lots of time on the balcony! Room attendant (Aleen) was terrific.
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Cabin 8328
Jan 2015
Great ship! By: Susan's Parents
We liked this cabin very much.
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Cabin 8252
Dec 2014
Adequate By: sierra28546
Room had queen bed, sofa, table and built in desk. Lots of little nooks and drawers to put stuff in. Closet has several shelves and safe and plenty of hangers. Bathroom is normal postage stamp size with shelves on both sides of mirror. Great shower spray, small shower... Room itself was clean but what I call spit and shine. Found food under sofa (gross), hairs in bathroom and also in desk drawers. Curtains smelled musty, if had been longer cruise probably would of asked to have them changed out. Balcony had two chairs and table. Spent tons of time out there!
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Cabin 8522
Nov 2014
OK but just OK. By: spideyswims
Perfectly placed on the port side as we got the full sun on the last day.Spacious enough for our short cruise in the English Channel.8522, high and low enough to have a great sea view, and quiet enough too.Comfortable bed, bathroom big enough for the two of us.That's it really.
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Cabin 6270
Oct 2014
Great cabin but had to put the coffee table out on the balcony to ensure maximum room. Did not like the "fat mirrors" though Ha Ha
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Sep 2014
Adequate as long as you can get your cases under the bed. Wardrobe door opening arrangement is very awkward and could easily be improved, Starting to look a bit worn but nothing big enough to be an issue.
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Cabin 8600
Jul 2013
loved this cruise. By: charmay
great cabin,lots of storage.shower had doors not curtain.rooms was connected so we was allowed to open balcony divider.If you get a connecting cabin please remember the walls are very thin and you can hear next rooom very clearly and the tv.Coffee table and chair just got in the way really.Not far to lifts.Loved this cabin,will book again.
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May 2013
Apalling By: arnhem12
Nasty carpet. The sort of hairdryer I'd expect in a Backpackers hostel, no toiletries, no robe, no slippers. The in room tea/coffee facilities were also worthy of a Travelodge, rather than a 'Deluxe' room. We were kindly left a note halfway through the holiday because we could smell that they were obviously having issues with the drainage. It asked us not to use too much toilet paper. How much is too much?:- after all there were no bidets. The Shower was broken - water helpfully coming out of both ends.
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Cabin 7013
Mar 2013
Cabin 7312
Feb 2013
Independence of the sea room 7312. Nice room. Decent closet space. Great balcony. Quiet location. Bathroom shower like a standup tube. Very small. There are no electrical plugs except by the TV, so forget any device by the bed unless you have an extension to run across the room. Comfortable bed. Temp control works ok. Had to ask for ice, shampoo. Hair dryer in a draw by TV. Cannot be moved. Bathroom has a special plug for an electric shaver in the ceiling. That's it. Toilet is small. No irons.
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Cabin 7626
Jan 2013
First time we had balcony cabins after nine other cruises, (four cabins for the eleven of us). We would not do without again. Bathroom was better than expected, pull down bunk was OK for kids, not for an adult in the three adult cabin, steward gave us a roll away bed after the first night! Much appreciated. Cabin location amidships was fine. Was easy to get to dinning rooms or entertainment venues.
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Cabin 8322
Jan 2013
Dissapointed By: ShellyCruiser
Nice location, extra large balcony.
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Cabin 6600
Dec 2012
Room 660. Really spacious. Plenty of storage and close to everything
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Dec 2012
The room appeared clean and the service from the hard working steward was good. Our balcony was on the 8th deck with a nice view, but the plastic strap chairs were very uncomfortable. Smoking from other balconies will drift into your space.
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Cabin 7536
Dec 2012
Nice location. Close to the stairs. No noise from Elevators at all.
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Oct 2012
Our first cruise By: rnbal
We were in cabin 8594 port side cabin was large, spacious and very clean top class
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Cabin 8568
Jul 2012
E1 Balcony - Average Size - Average Closet space - Blinds ripped (changed on final day) Bathroom small but sufficed. Balcony ample.
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Cabin 7334
Jul 2012
Awesome By: 2nd time cruisers
ROOMS: they do what they say on the packet so to speak, call me spoilt, but we always have a outside stateroom as it has a balcony due to my other half liking to sit out and read. He's also an early riser so he tends to sit on the balcony and watch the ship dock as the various places. The bathroom was big enough, the wardrobe was also big enough if fitted all mine ooops all our clothes in, plenty of draws, bed big enough an curtains kept the light out so one could get some sleep. Door opened wide enough to get my wheelchair in once it was folded up.
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Cabin 7610
Jun 2012
Excellent! By: Frogmill0
Cabin 7610 (E1 category), Good quiet location near lifts.
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Cabin 7344
Jun 2012
A bit hit and miss By: J Short
Just off the stairway next to the Library. No noise. Balcony slightly angled which prevents view of the front of the ship.
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Cabin 8574
May 2012
First time cruisers beware By: Tony Edwards
Our Cabin was a Deluxe Balcony Stateroom number 8574. The cabin was excellent, larger than expected, with a comfortable Queen Size double bed, TV, Kettle with tea bags (Coffee has to be got from room service, but its free, Fridge/mini bar. Shower and toilet were a good size as was the balcony. The Cabin was quiet clean and in good condition and if you get Grace Santos as your cabin attendent you are sure to be well looked after.
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Cabin 7256
May 2012
Our Review By: Broomboy1948
Cabin has enough space for 2. Bed was wonderful, pillows were perhaps not up to scratch-some passengers carried their own, so perhaps experience tells.The bathroom was compact but adequate.The balcony had the usual furniture and no restriction to views.Close to forward lifts and stairs with no intrusion of noise from corridor traffic.
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Cabin 7330
Apr 2012
Fantastc, Spoilt Rotten!! By: Dolphincrazy
I felt our cabin was a bit small for 4 people. The bed was a very big bed and there was not much room when the settee was folded out. There was plenty of storage space and the room was maintained very well by our room attendent. The balcony was great although there were only 2 chairs for a cabin for 4 people.
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Cabin 7314
Jan 2012
Good Value for Money Cruise By: John Longstaff
Cabin 7314, Balcony cabin, spotless, quiet area of ship just about half way on port side of ship.
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Cabin 1536
Aug 2011
Not exactly spacious but clean and well kept. Difficult to shower without repeatedly banging elbows on walls of shower cubicle. Good balcony offering unobstructed views. Soundproofing between cabins could have been better especially through the 'closed off connecting door'. Room service excellent.
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Cabin 8568
Jun 2011
The best holiday so far! By: Bev Strong
Great location although the bed coming out the celing would not be suitable for a child much older. Our 11 year old clattered against the rails.
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Cabin 7242
Apr 2011
Excellent cabin 7242. loads of storage, great shower and large balcony.Quiet location. Close to lift. This cabin was at the front of ship but prefer center of ship which we had last trip.
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Cabin 8268
Mar 2011
Frank and honest By: mika6617
Our Balcony stateroom was fine, it had enough room for our period of stay and was kept tidy enough, although you will find better kept staterooms.
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Cabin 6646
Jan 2011
The Calm Before The Storm By: Mrs L Cowley
The room was lovely it had everything you could want on a holiday a small seating area inside and a lovely balcony. We were opposite the lifts but we never heard anything, we had children in the next cabin and never knew this until we were in Gran Canaria and they were on the balcony so the rooms are well insulated.
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Cabin 9406
Jul 2010
Cabin 9406 is smaller (shorter) than other deluxe balcony staterooms. It has a loveseat, not a couch. It's position at the very back of the ship is nice and quiet, however, the steel girders curving around the stern block the view of the ocean somewhat. It is a quite location but it is almost 3 football fields away from the gym / bow of the ship. Internet reception inside the room is fine, but there is no Internet reception on the balcony. Balcony is larger than most with two chaise lounges, plus two chairs plus a table.
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Cabin 6340
Jul 2010
Starboard side balcony cabin - just about big enough with seating area, large wardrobe space and good size bathroom with shower, the balcony was only just large enough for two chairs and a stool which you are expected to use as a table. Room service is offered but there is nowhere for you to eat a meal unless you use the coffee table.
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Cabin 9308
Jul 2010
Great view, nice and quiet too.
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Cabin 9588
Jun 2010
Royal Chavibbean By: looper35uk
Cabin 9588. Very centre of the ship, long walks to the lifts (foward and aft). Decor of cabin very poor, looks like something from the 70's.
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Cabin 7708
Jun 2010
Great balcony - cabin would be a bit cramped for 3 people on a longer cruise but was satisfactory for a mini cruise.
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Cabin 6412
Jan 2010
SMOOTH SAILING! By: NC travel gal
Nice room. Large Balcony. Balcony is at back of ship and has some obstruction, but overall a nice Panoramic view.
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Cabin 7408
Dec 2009
Cabin 7408. Aft corner balcony. Room on small size. Balcony huge! Balcony 2 lounge chairs, 2 regular chairs, 1 small side table. Depending on wind direction, got some smell of ship exhaust. No noise heard.
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Cabin 8578
Oct 2009
Devon Dumplings By: Pat Collier
Cabin lovely and cosy.on deck 8. balcony needed for mobility scooter. put coffee table in closet more space Cases under bed.disappointed no coffee no china cups, take your own cups Great view watching sun rise Dolphins also whales. Our cabin lady Maravic from Philippines very helpful kept cabin very clean. Many thanks to her. We appreciate how hard she worked for us
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Mar 2009
Aft balcony was great, however because of the metal across the back, it was not as nice as aft cabins on other cruise lines.
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Cabin 7304
Mar 2009
Connecting cabins, 7304 and 7306. Great location. Very quiet. Balcony divider opens. 7304 had a pullman, 7306 did not. Very comfortable with 2 adults and 3 kids (12, 15, & 17). Lots of storage space. Would definitely book thes rooms again.
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Cabin 8304
Feb 2009
Loved having the divider between our balcony and our son's balcony open so we had one big balcony that the whole family could enjoy... spent many evening on it.
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Cabin 8300
Nov 2008
Good midship location, all ship facilities in easy reach. Plenty of storage (the usual), large balcony. Quiet.
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