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The spacious approximately 210 to 234-square-foot Balcony stateroom is appointed with fine amenities and outstanding views from an approximately 35 to 72-square-foot private balcony. Some staterooms also have pullman beds to accommodate 3rd and 4th passengers.

Balcony (BE)
Nice cabin, not a lot of room around the beds, but enough. The balcony was a good size, nice and big with a small table and two chairs that lay back. Beds and pillows were comfortable. Dressing room had plenty of room and hanging space and shelves. Bathroom was good. The shower was very small, but I expected that, you just have to adapt a little and figure out the best way of showering without flooding the floor! The cabin was a short walk to the aft deck which was a great spot when you were leaving a port.
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The cabin was the average cruise ship cabin. Our cabin steward(ess) was fine. She kept the cabin clean and made up promptly. See the overall review for more comments.
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Baja 236
The cabins were on the smallish side but we appreciated the balcony. We initially had the beds set up as two singles but it was definitely more comfortable to place them together as a queen size unit as otherwise we kept bumping into the night stands that are jammed right up against the side of the beds. There were only two electrical outlets in the room, a ridiculously tiny number given the many gadgets that travelers usually have. Travelers should be warned that B236 is directly across from a sliding door that leads to a crew service corridor. It was thankfully not noisy at night but there was lots of banging during the day. Princess definitely needs to get its act together when it comes to inspecting the rooms before they turn them over to their guests. Our room was missing a metal ceiling panel so we had a view of plumbing, wiring and other service innards. Worse, our AC was not working properly and the room was stifling. We reported the problem to the service desk and we got a cheerful response that "it takes a while for the AC to kick in". We later requested that somebody check out the unit. Several hours later, we called the desk again and "Bernard" told us, "oh, I was hoping they got to that already..." We finally had a service tech who arrived at 9:30pm (he finished just before 11pm), but the entire episode underscored that follow-through is not the Service Desk's strong suit.
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The cabin was typical for Princess. Condition was good. Great location on the ship.

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Standard balcony room. Comfortable bed, two chairs, Viewsonic TV. The remote was awful, buttons didn't work, but I suspected that would be the case and so, brought my own universal remote. Cabin had a clean smell, was well maintained, and everything worked. We asked for an extra pillow, and the steward brought it happily. Nice little refrigerator, small desk with an electrical outlet, plus there's an electrical outlet in the bathroom. The hair drier is outside the bathroom mounted to the wall by the desk, which seemed a little strange. Balcony was great. Good place for watching glaciers. We saw whales from the balcony.

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E 737 might be a little breezy as next to outside door to aft. But great location with 270' panorama view.

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The location was near the aft elevators and it was the standard Princess cabin in decor and size. Plenty of storage space. Nice balcony with very uncomfortable furniture. Shower seemed smaller than on the Grand. Bathroom big enough for one but the desk had plenty of lighting to apply makeup and style your hair. Quiet and we only saw our neighbors when we were in Glacier Bay and everyone was out on the balcony.

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Believe the bathroom space - in particular the shower - was noticeably smaller than what we recall on our 2 previous cruises with Princess and definitely a bit smaller than those on the Carnival cruises we've taken. Of note, all but one of our cruises have been on similar size ships - approx 88,000 tons, one was on a 110,000-113,000 ton ship (Princess). There was a hand holding bar placed in the center of one of the shower walls which "took away" from the available room you had in the shower to fully move around and feel comfortable.
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Our room was great for 2 people. The balcony was ample and we were always checking sea conditions every morning. Large closet and more than enough storage for us. Now, the bathroom was clean and compact, but I am a big gal, and I could barely turn around in that shower without bumping into the handicap rail. The room was well located for noise. The only drawback was that being on deck 12 with no other balconies above us, there was never any shade on our balcony unless the sun was on the other side of the ship. I am sure this is fine when cruising Alaska, but during a canal cruise it got awfully hot out there.
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Our cabin had the usual Princess balcony set up. The bed, bathroom and closet were on the right side of the room as you enter. Plenty of closet space. Room safe. Nice covered, private balcony with four deck chairs and a table. The room is very close to the open back deck of the ship. This was a great place to watch as we went through the locks. The only problem is that the room (and the four behind it) are right above the Universe Lounge. This wasn't generally a problem, but several nights, the music (especially the bass) carried easily to our room until about 11:00p.m. Zumba also started in the Universe Lounge at 9:00 a.m. most mornings, so if you aren't an early riser, this might be a consideration. The laundry room is around the corner on the starboard side so was very convenient. If you are used to the buffet being on the back of the ship, a reminder that it is in the front of this ship, so you do get some exercise.
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Panama Canal Cruise L & N Quilters
D232 - Great room and loved the balcony. Except in one port, we were always on the land side when we approached our destination. The door to our room was directly across from double service doors but that didn't seem to be an issue because they were closed most of the time and there was little to no noise. Our room was close to the hallway exit and made coming and going quick.
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E310-close to elevators,library,Internet cafe. Midship. Elevator ride to 14 brings you right to pool and buffet.
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Our cabin was great, close to elevator. Could feel the hum of ship engine, tho not distracting. Could not hear the lounge below. The balcony was especially roomy (4 chairs + table), shaded, private, adjoined friend's balcony.
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Island Princess E722 , aft great location, covered balcony, easy access to back of ship.
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Great view, not too much vibration, very quiet, fully covered balcony, huge closet, tiny shower.
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Great room, loved it!
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Our stateroom was on the A deck port side and aft. As others have noted, the shower was exceptionally small (on the other hand, when the sea was rough, you didn't have to worry about falling over!). But our balcony was well-appreciated and much used. The steward service was excellent. We were completely satisfied with our experience in our state room. One small note -- perhaps because we were towards the stern and under the big top engines of the ship, there was an annoying and constant vibration in the bed. My brain in half sleep frequently translated the meaning of the vibrations as heart palpitations and I often woke up feeling jittery and anxious -- needless to say, I didn't sleep all that well. But given the beauty of the environment, it was something I was happy to overlook. The ship was full so the options for room changes were nil and I was not prepared to trade my balcony!
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A722 Port side, last cabin/balcony before it goes to the back of the ship. No privacy; Looking down on other balconies. Guests walking outside on deck 14 can look over railing right down onto this balcony. First time in a cabin this far back and although I'd been told the bow was the roughest part of the ship which I have been in before the stern is a close second for being rocky. If the seas are the slightest bit rough it is felt in this part of the ship too. In the shade heading south and full sun on balcony heading north. Small balcony just room for two chairs and tiny table but still had a few pleasant moments when out to sea on our sea days.
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Baja Deck, Cabin 237, starboard side. We wanted to be in a bump out section so we could see the entire length of the ship. Spacious. Nice balcony. We like the way Princess designs its cabins with the open closet creating a little hallway by the bathroom. We loved the location. 2 floors up to the Horizon Court for breakfast and the Lido deck pool. For the Panama Canal transit, we got up early in the morning and headed forward to "the secret deck" (on Baja) to watch the transit of the Gatun locks. One negative that drove us crazy. We noticed a constant "noise" like whooshing wind. Some times it would be quite loud. We could never figure out what it was. The water system? We could not quite pin point if the noise came from inside the cabin or outside in the hall but when we opened the cabin door, we did not hear anything. We thought maybe it was our forward location on a bump out that created this weird air flow but our friends were in a mid ship balcony on the other side in a recessed portion and heard the same noise. So, I guess it is the design fluke of this particular ship, as we have never heard noises on any of the other ships we've sailed. And, as mentioned above, our smoke detector outside the bathroom door was especially sensitive and did not like my husband opening the door to release excess steam right after he got out of the shower!
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Great room, big closet for hanging items, smaller closet with shelves, great balcony and quiet location - across from elevators.
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E705 great standard veranda, cat BE aft end of Emerald deck starboard. Largest veranda (9x9) available with extra tall headroom. Fully covered. Separated completely from E703 veranda by steel bulkhead, from E707 by standard divider. Crew service doorway across the hall but little to no noise. D721 mini-suite, fully covered veranda. Very close to stern, close to laundry. Long walk to mid-ship or forward but very quiet.
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This balcony cabin seemed smaller than other balcony cabins on larger Princess ships. While more forward than we normally book, this cabin was fine. It is Port side so we could see the Pilot boats and tenders, and plenty of closet space with lots of hangers, flat screen TV, 2 chairs and 1 table on the balcony, buffet straight up the stairs, Princess Theater straight down the stairs, quiet cabin, midway between elevators and bow of ship, and the ship's wake was a tad ahead of our balcony; perfect for flushing sea creatures up for viewing.
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Our cabin was great! We had a nice balcony and the room was fairly large. The bathroom was small (of course) but there was a large closet area that held all of our stuff. I also liked that there was a fridge.
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We had E736. We picked this room because it was on the port side and it was fully covered. While there were some vibrations and movement (we both really enjoy this), we thoroughly enjoyed the cabin and would book it again. It was perfect for the sun and we spent the majority of our Panama Canal day on our balcony. The best part of this cabin is the balcony because it stretched slightly to the aft so you get a 270 degree view. There is the occasional person who pops around the corner though, so if you do not like the occasional voyeur, then this is not the room for you. ?
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Panama Princess jetstar1981
Good size with plenty of wardrobe space. The shower is really small but that's to be expected, just need to get used to showering with you arms down! The maid for this room was never really around however and we did do a lot of chasing. There is however a water tank somewhere outside of the room but because of the great sound proof you can't hear it. That couldn't be said for noise from downstairs (deck 4) but when you are on the lower deck this is to be expected and wasn't every night.
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The Incredible Locks Blue Strick
Cabin small., Shower small but OK if your not over weight.. Location super. Everything on the ship is forward ( dinner, shows etc). A small amount of vibration from the scews.
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Great balcony. Nice closet. Tiny bathroom. Quiet hallways (back of ship)
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