Fantastic cabin for the Panama Canal because of its forward facing balcony. The room is roomy (it is a full suit) and the balcony is big (I'm guessing 12' wide and 18' deep, 6' of which is covered). Has his and her safes. Read entire member review >>
Disappointed with this cabin. Located across from supply closet for room stewards; lots of chatter. Room layout had vanity, closet, drawers right outside of bathroom. Small hallway and it seemed we were always in each other's way getting dressed. But the biggest disappointment was the balcony. The overhang from Deck 11 reached half way across our balcony. Constant dripping from Alaska air condensation kept our chair cushions wet. One day, our balcony was full of ashes from smoke stack. Deck 9 aft would have been a better choice because Deck 10 overhang full covers balcony below. Read entire member review >>
We love the Penthouse suites & yes, 9502 has a king bed. Although the Owners Suite has 2 bathrooms & more space - this location was perfect for us. At times it was a bit windy for being on our massive forward deck - but then we just went out to the pool area. Our steward was probably the best we've had on any cruise & we hope to see him on the next!
I always do a bit of rearranging the furniture (tables & chairs) to fit our needs ... and I do love having a spot to sit while fixing my hair. The bathroom has plenty of space and what's more important... there is LOADS of drawer space & cubby holes for your things (important for a long cruise). We requested the refrige be cleaned out on the first day so we could store wine, water & lemons ... plus some of the extra fruit that was delivered. We do not use the mini bar supplies anyway - so having our own refrige is great! Read entire member review >>
Wonderful mid ship cabin. Love the Lavazza coffee. Just nice to have room to move about, the huge bathroom with tub and separate shower, the windows looking out over the world, the balcony. Comfortable bed and second bedroom isolates kids from parents. Read entire member review >>
In six cruises on NCL, this is the quietest area we have ever stayed in and the most gargantuan balcony we have ever seen! The room layout was great and kept us from tripping over each other. The balcony was not as private as we have enjoyed in the past, because the room is all the way forward on the bow, and the walls between balconies slopes downward toward the bow, but we actually liked this, because we enjoyed meeting the people in the penthouses around us, and coming into and out of port was something of a social.
One thing that you need to know about these forward rooms is that there is a water tight door onto the balcony that is very heavy and can be difficult to unlock, and passengers in these rooms are cautioned about opening balcony doors while underway due to heavy winds on the bow. One more thing everyone needs to be aware of is that there is much more motion on the bow than on other parts of the ship. If you are prone to motion sickness / sea sickness stay away from this location!!
All in all, this was fun, onetime experience, but we will stay closer to mid-ship and/or stern in the future. Read entire member review >>
Cabin 9500 NCL 'Pearl.'
As far forward as you can get meant longest walk to dining - not good for anyone with walking challenges.
Cabin size OK but balcony spectacular! You face forward (not to port or starboard as do 99% of balcony cabins). Surprise was even going 25 knots the wind over the balcony was minimal.
Room steward and butler were fabulous. Concierge ...
All amenities worked but be sure refrig door shuts. Especially if you're bringing any meds.
Watch shower - found tub slippery.
Late night show mumbles its way into cabin but not that bad.
Television selection limited.
Overall a good non-romantic stateroom with well planned layout. Read entire member review >>
Penthouse on deck 10, front of ship, directly under the bridge. Wow. What a fantastic cabin.. Spacious with large screen LCD TV, grat ammenities and a balcony that faces forward. For a Panama Canal cruise there is no better place to be. Read entire member review >>
We chose the Penthouse 10,000 (cat AC) complete with butler and concierge service. Our location was directly on the front on the ship right under the bridge. We loved this room!!! (we actually have the same cabin, on the same shipped booked for this December). It had a king size bed with a 42" flat panel TV in direct view. An average sized bathroom (actually same size as Jr. Suite) with separate tub and toilet areas with sink vanity in between. Outside the bathroom, there is a vanity with a large mirror and stool. There were extra outlets and a hairdryer and storage drawers for cosmetics. There was a full size sofa, coffee table and chair situated in front of floor to ceiling windows looking out onto our deck! (Yes, I said deck…more on that in a bit) There was also a dining table for two. Closet and storage space was plentiful. The double closet was accessible from both sides. As if it could get better, one of the highlights was the Expresso/Cappucino/Coffee/Tea maker. ($2900 machine as I found out later). This was fully stocked with a variety of flavors of coffee and tea and all the accompaniments needed including real coffee cups, not paper cups. The deck was awesome. It had two chaise lounges with thick plush cushions, a comfy wicker chair and a table. You could easily fit 20 people out there if you wanted. The days at sea, I laid out on my deck and did not bother with the pool. Despite being on the front of the ship, there was not an issue with wind even when we were moving. Read entire member review >>