I had a balcony cabin which provided a great view of the ports. It was in the forward part of the ship and I was concerned that I would feel the ships motions more but I found that there was no difference between this cabin and my past experience in a mid-ship cabin. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean. Our stateroom attendant provided excellent service and our bed was made at least twice per day. Read entire member review >>
Had Cabin 7058, Deluxe Balcony.
Very nice, cabin steward was excellent.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The "refrigerator" in the cabin was not cold.... asked about it at the desk were told it is not a refrigerator, it is a cooler. If you want it colder, ask the room steward for ice.
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Our room steward was very good. We enjoyed the towel animals. #8530 is quiet and fairly convenient, just forward of the forward elevators. The bed was fairly comfortable, the loveseat was old and worn. Adequate storage. Tiny bathroom. Read entire member review >>
Our balcony stateroom was newly updated and ample for the two of us. The room was extremely clean and well maintained by our steward. He did his job of keeping everything spotless and yet we rarely saw him. Amazing! I was impressed with how they made the best use of all the available space with closets, drawers and even hidden cabinets. The in-room fridge doesn’t keep stay very cold but it was ok for bottled water. We have no complaints about our stateroom! Read entire member review >>
Balcony cabin, deck 9, was clean and spacious. Plenty of room to store clothes and things. Our steward was very attentive. Mini fridge was never cold, we spoke to our steward and were informed it’s more of a cooler no refrigerant. As mentioned, ship rocked frequently, If you didn’t close the bathroom door it would swing back in forth. Once I forgot to close the bathroom vanity cabinet and items flew out. And one night it felt as if I would fall out of bed due to the rocking. Read entire member review >>
This was our biggest Issue. The hallway on the way to our cabin smelled of sewage. In addition the toilet in the cabin had a large black stain in the bowl. This was NOT the fault of the steward - the stain was permanent and couldn't be cleaned. The bathroom mirror was also losing it's silver backing and was very unsightly. Our understanding was that the ship was refurbished last spring. It seems that if that happened, it was at best a patch job.
The bed was barely passable and the pillows were terrible.
If this is indicative of RC, then we will not be back. Read entire member review >>
Cabin: balcony, 9092 first one past the elevator. Our room was nice size, seemed a little larger than other balcony rooms. Balcony was huge!! Shower had doors no curtain, a huge plus! A lot of storage space throughout. Only downside was on the nights before early port days we tend to go to sleep early and even with the hallway doors closed we can hear the activities in the Centrum. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was in a perfect location a close walk to the lifts of the centrum. Balcony was spacious and private and stateroom attendant wad excellent. This was a very quiet cabin and we would recommend. Read entire member review >>
Chose this mid-ship cabin because its location on the ship made the balcony about twice the size of the normal balcony. We had 2 lounge chairs, a small table and 2 chairs with plenty of room to spare. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was comfortable, with plenty of storage. TV in the room was slow to react, and some of the systems built into it didn't work well.
The balcony was nicely sized, but due to the location on the ship, and the fact it was stepped back from the edge with a considerable overhang it was a bit darker than the balconies on many other ships we have been on. Makes it easier to read, but you get less sun.
On this itinerary though, there were few sea days (3 in 14 days), so we didn't spend whole days out there anyway. Read entire member review >>
The stateroom was small but with a comfortable bed. The bathroom was very funky with an odor and stained toilet... I do not think this was being unclean. It appeared spotless. Balcony door difficult to open, even for an adult male. Read entire member review >>
Nice sized cabin, very clean, good storage space. The cabin was showing its age somewhat, however the ship is due for a makeover in 2016. Joyce, our attendant was terrific. Read entire member review >>
Great Cabin attendant. Cabin was a little smaller than some of the balcony rooms we have had, but it had a lot of smart storage so it worked. We had a ton of extra linens, so we had to pack them in our suit cases to get them under the bed. ( we probably should have just called the attendant to remove, but didn't think about it at the time). Balcony a nice size. When we got there the first day the AC did not get the room cool. Guest services were no help, but the stateroom attendant was great. Fixed quickly, hot water was not available early on. It was also corrected with in 24 hrs. It was supposedly some kind of clog. very limited outlets, strongly recommend a power strip. Air flow does not allow things to dry quickly in room, but they did well on balcony. The fridge in the room, barely cools at all, so don't expect things to really be cool coming out It took 3 days for us to have the mini bar emptied. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was great. Neat and clean, Had a balcony which was great, Service to our cabin was excellent. Staff were all very friendly. Our cabin was centrally located with easy access to other areas. Read entire member review >>
The smallest cabin we have ever had at only 167 square feet. The couch was actually only a half of a couch, barely big enough for two smaller people, as we are, to sit on at the same time. Read entire member review >>
Bed was comfy, but i did hit my knee a couple of times in its edges. Love the balcony and the ability to keep the door open when the weather was good, which was most of the time. Read entire member review >>
Very small, the bed comes down from the ceiling over the main bed, the mattresses on both were extremely uncomfortable. We needed to ask for extra padding. My mom would wake up sobbing because of the pain in her back that the bed caused her. On top of that, the lifeboats are right under your room taking away a big part of the view you pay for. There also are not two bathrooms. Read entire member review >>
We were in Room 8664. It is a starboard side balcony room with a partially obstructed view. The obstruction was the ships "washing" platform that was "parked on the forward part of our balcony and the aft portion of room 8662. It got in the way of a few pictures, but you soon learned to either wait or zoom. This was a standard room. We normally store our suitcases opened underneath the bed, but you had to fold it at a 90 degree angle to get them started under the bed. Then you could put the items you did not put in the closet and drawers back. This room was a long walk to the elevators [aft]. If you do not want to walk 100 yards to and from your room each way, then get something closer to midships or forward. Given that this ship runs on gas turbine - electric motors, it was pretty quite.
Our room attendant was Debbie Roberts. She was good natured, friendly, and efficient. We would sing a duet or get a friendly greeting every time we saw her. Thanks Debbie. Read entire member review >>
Fair. Bed was very comfortable; the cabin furniture and cabinets were very worn. Carpet stained. When we got to the cabin the first day the safe lock was broken, bathroom door didn't latch; As soon as I called the housekeeping about the door and the safe,they sent repairmen to fix them. Immediate response and very much appreciated. Also the medicine cabinet shelf kept falling out (I fixed that myself with a tiny screwdriver I had brought along); and the odor of sewer was bad. But . . . RCCL responded right away to my comments and assured me that everything had been fixed. Read entire member review >>
We were in an E2 balcony, I didn't realize was going to be smaller than the E2 we had on the Freedom a few years ago. Next time on this class of ship we’ll stick to a D1, it was just a bit tight walking past each other in the cabin! Like most RCCL ships, there was plenty of storage for all of our ‘stuff’. We love that feeling of unpacking and settling into our ‘home’ for the next week. Read entire member review >>
The stateroom was adequate, bed was firm but comfortable. The balcony was comfortable and roomy. The bathroom was tiny as usual but functional. The room was kept spotless and our cabin steward was always available for anything we needed. Read entire member review >>
The staterooms were what I expected in terms of size. This was my first experience with a balcony room. We sat out there a few days, though the chairs were not comfortable at all. I really disliked the shower. It was like bathing in a tomb. It really made me appreciate my shower at home. The biggest disappointment of the entire trip was the beds. They had to be the most uncomfortable, rock hard mattresses I have ever had the displeasure of sleeping on. And I use the term sleeping loosely. We both tossed and turned all night, every night. It was hard to stay awake for excursions because we were so tired from lack of sleep the night before. I found myself falling sleep everywhere except my room. It made it really difficult to enjoy my vacation. Read entire member review >>
This cabin offered a great deal of privacy. Because we were the first cabin that extended further out, the cabin on the left was totally blocked, the cabin on the right would only see in if they stood at rail next to us. We had great sight lines. Being on the Port side, for some ports we were looking at the dock and others we were able to see the harbor. Read entire member review >>
8030-Bathroom was small, but manageable. The shower was tiny. Near impossible for a woman to shave her legs. The room overall was a bit small. Can't imagine if there was three people in the room. You'd be tripping all over one another. The room was close to the elevator, but you couldn't hear any noise from it. There was no obstruction of view from the balcony on this room. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was smaller than we have had in the past on other lines but we knew about this prior to sailing. Cabin door didn't close completely without effort of pushing it shut and would create a wind-tunnel if not closed completely and sliding glass door to balcony opened. Read entire member review >>
Room was in a great location as it was close to both the entertainment and shops as well as the restaurants. No obstruction on the balcony which also was big enough for two chairs and a small table. Other than size (which is common with these rooms) we had no issue at all. Read entire member review >>
Huge balcon ywith extended space. Room for two chairs, small table and one lounge chair. Ok to smoke cigars out there, but keep others in mind. End of balcony is not private and others could look over into your room so be mindful. We had breakfast with free room service every morning out there except the last windy day. Closets were huge, bath was ok. Bring your own handsoap bottle if you don't like bar soap. Room attendant was great, asked for extra ice buckets and she kept them filled a few times a day. Only got towel animals a couple of times. Was great to bring our own cooler and kept it near balcony door with water and diet pepsi and our allowed 2 bottles of wine. Bed was super comfy. Mini fridge had room for 4 of our own things. Tip your cabin attendant at the end for extra help and room service each day a buck or two even if you prepaid gratuities it is nice for them. luggage fit easily under the bed after we unpacked. Recommend doing the self carried out luggage on last day and leave around 730 instead of waiting an hour or so in lines for your disembark group. Read entire member review >>
Balcony #7552 right near the elevators and partially blocked view of the ocean below but can still see over the obstruction out into the sea. Still very happy with the room for the price I paid. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was in a great location near the forward elevator and not far from the midship elevators. The library was located on our floor which made it easy to check for the scarce books in the library. It was a comfortable balcony cabin. Read entire member review >>
A pleasant surprise!. 8008 was a nice size, typical bathroom, the balcony looks small on the schematic but it was full sized, PLUS being in the front of the ship, you didn't smell the stench from cancer sticks, there was no strong winds like the back balconies. It is nice to just sit there and watch the sun rise and fall. Very quiet spot, really didn't feel much of the rocking. Read entire member review >>
Deluxe balcony staterooms are small--but have very clever storage cubbies and sufficient closet space for our 5 night cruise. Mulitple-week cruises on the Jewel in this stateroom would require more clothes, but the closets won't get any bigger... The bed mattress and linens were excellent and very comfortable. I loved the balcony--it really made the room seem larger and gave us a sanctuary away from the crowded pool decks. We loved breakfast and happy hour on our balcony! Read entire member review >>
Balcony cabin - E2 - was smaller than other RCCL ships and the roof structure just below the balcony blocked the close ocean view and the sound of the waves. I would not recommend a balcony cabin on deck 7 for this reason. Read entire member review >>
The bed was very old and extremely hard and the room although clean was very outdated. The rug in the hallway i think has not been cleaned in months. The bathrooms in the common areas were backed up and could not be used. Read entire member review >>
Great location. Quiet. Easy access to dining, fitness, theatre, centrum.
Nice size room with all amenities. Balcony was nice bonus for viewing sailing into ports. Adequate closet space with barely enough drawer space. Read entire member review >>
The only complaint I would have would be...We booked a non-smoking room. I am very sensitive to smoke. The cabins adjacent to us were not non-smoking and therefore we were bombarded with cigarette smoke because we had a balcony. I don't think our room should have been in such close proximity to a smoking room. The location was great in accordance with central activity areas and eateries. Read entire member review >>
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Booked Deluxe Ocean View balcony Stateroom 8042 for us, and Interior 8025 for the daughters.
Our balcony was unusual in that it was tucked into the indent where the superstructure narrows on Radiance-class ships, and was therefore triangular, facing 45 degrees between port and aft. This is also the case with the similar 8542, 9032/9532 & 7048/7548 on Jewel. Drawback is that those balconies are half the expected area, while still very usable. You can see the balconies to your aft, and they can see you on the balcony, but never into the room. Plus is that you get plenty of sunlight and a great sky & ocean view from the bed as there's no partition facing aft giving a much more "open" feeling. Overall we liked the arrangement, but it may not be for those who chase every square inch of balcony real estate and crave total balcony privacy. Read entire member review >>
Nice Cabin. Has a little bigger balcony. The balcony is indented into the ship so it is protected from the wind and rain which makes it a nice place to sit even when the weather is bad. I left the door open at night to get nice outside air when we were moving. Read entire member review >>
Typical balcony cabin. Tiny but ingeniously designed bathroom. Huge king sized bed - frankly we would have preferred a queen size that would also provided a bit more space to move around the cabin.
A large fold out couch was also provided that we did not need. It took up too much space. We requested that it be removed but were advised that such were standard fittings for all staterooms Read entire member review >>
Wrap around balcony with 2 chairs, 2 lounges, 1 table. Excellent views of sailing in and out of ports. Ample space for belongings and hanging clothes. Bathroom a bit small, but not a problem. Crew staircase is next to cabin and frequent crashing noises at night. A VERY LONG walk from stairways and elevators. Read entire member review >>
Room 7030 had an extra large balcony, but you lost privacy. The walls separating this balcony from the ones next to it came out only 2/3 of the way, with just open railing the rest of the way. So if your neighbor is standing at the outside corner of their deck, they can actually see not only your deck but also into your room. I'm not sure the extra space warranted the lack of privacy.
Other than that, the room was fine, but small. I'll try to go to the superior-level cabins in the future as opposed to the deluxe. The room was close to the forward elevators (a plus for me), and it was quiet. So overall, not a bad room. Read entire member review >>
Great location, accessible to the Centrum. Some bleed-over of noise from Centrum, though. The balcony was huge. The sofa bed in this cabin is uncomfortable and literally cosists of cushions on the floor. Read entire member review >>
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