We stayed in a large balcony L shaped room at the back of the boat. Unsure if it is the same size as a regular balcony or not but we liked it. It only had a chair and table (no couch) and the beds faced the windows. The balcony was really large. It had a lounger, three chairs and a small table.
The only complaints were that you could hear noises coming from the boat when we ported. Unsure if this is because we were in the back of the boat (first time being in this area) and that one of the light fixtures would vibrate. Also, the two beds needed to be pretty close together so that the bathroom door could open all of the way. I have attached pictures of the room. Read entire member review >>
We chose the Lido deck(deck 10) for easy access to the pool and buffet food. We traveled with our 2 teenagers and all shared the same cabin. Very convenient and we did not have any problem with noise except people opening/closing their balcony doors but I image any exterior cabin would run into that.
There were no more connecting cabins when I booked and I could not find 2 near each other so we decided to cram into one room. It was a bit tight but we managed. There is a drop down bunk bed above the sofa, and the sofa converted into a twin bed along with a king-size bed. There was a fair amount of closet space (2 closets) and 3 drawers along with a small fridge and room safe. The balcony was large enough for 2 upright chairs and a small table. Bathroom was small but manageable. I'm 6-5 and fit in the shower fine.
Our cabin steward Ordin was awesome. Always cheerful, always smiling. Always greeting us by name. Did a great job keeping the cabin tidy. It was great to have breakfast and come back to clean room with towels folded as crabs, elephants, monkeys, etc. Too funny. Great job Ordin!!!!
Advice: Don't over pack. No need to bring beach towels, they have them, even for shore
excursions. Do bring a hoodie, sweater, light jacket. It gets chilly on deck at night.
They have laundry service on the ship if needed.
I saw some complaints about the TV options. They were fine for us. Seemed like a basic option of channels minus ESPN. Got to watch the end of the Masters and otherwise we were mostly out on deck, etc. Read entire member review >>
It was a great location. Close to the stairs, quiet. Only a few times when a bunch of kids were running around did you hear anyone in the hall. The door to the balcony did not close well, it whistled. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was located just around the corner from the elevators. When you turned to the left you looked straight at my door. It was strange being right out in the open and not down the hallway a bit, but it was so handy! We chose balcony guarantee and have always been pleased with our location. Even with this in a busy area we only heard voices, momentarily, twice. It was at the very back of the forward section. Our cabin steward was quiet and ready for a break but he kept our room lovely and was gracious. Read entire member review >>
Good Cabin, plenty of room. Balcony standard. Has large couch that could be used for a 3rd person. the mirror in the main cabin needs to be replaced. some of the shiny backing is coming off and it makes the mirror look scared, its not broken just scared. Two twins together to make King, VERY comfortable. Very comfortable cabin. Read entire member review >>
Very clean cabin. Nice quiet balcony. Overlooked the Promenade deck and a whirlpool. I was concerened about noise from the deck but it was never an issue. I personally would rather look straight down to the ocean and not a deck. At night you miss out on the beauty of the sea because the lights from the deck below deter from it. Read entire member review >>
This port side balcony room is located on the Verandah, Deck 8. Because we booked rather last minute this was about the last cabin in the balcony category. I was concerned over the location as this room is literally between the elevators and stairs. Standing in the hallway, you look toward the cabins and this is the door you see. Do not fear! It's quiet. Only a couple of times did we hear voices. Once as people were headed for excursions in Key West and one time late at night. The convenience of this room should be noted. We would choose it again. It's spacious, no tripping over each other as the cabin is larger than on another cruise line. Balcony is good sized and comfortable; we do spend a lot of time there. Some light does come through the curtains at the top so keep that in mind if you like a pitch dark room. Our steward kept the room in perfect order although we try to help make their job easier by being tidy. The bed is incredibly comfortable.
The shower curtain seemed a little short and caused water to run into the bathroom. If you wet the curtain before hand it will reach the bottom of the shower pan but just barely. There was never a time that the floor didn't get wet fro the shower. Read entire member review >>
We love having a balcony to sit out, read and relax, even when in port, so I opted for 8462, port side, rear, which had an extended balcony. We knew that there was no couch because of the unusual layout, but we had no idea how tiny the room was. In fact it was so tiny that you could not open the bathroom door more than halfway because of it hitting the bed! There was a small dining room sized chair, the bed, the dressing table area, and a long, narrow, useless hallway. The balcony was longer than usual, but the chairs were so sooty that we had to wipe them off before we could sit down. On two of the five days, we were told that the balcony would be hosed down and cleaned, but no one seemed to know when. We ended up having to rush inside both days when they started hosing the balconies above us. Later on there were wet cigarette butts all over our balcony [we do not smoke] and they were still there the day we left. Also the balconies were merely hosed off, but never dried afterwards. Not much point having a larger balcony if you cannot use it.Another issue with the room was that the water in the bathroom never got very hot, and we timed how long it took to get any hot water to the basin - over 2 1/2 minutes before it got warm. When we told our cabin steward, he sighed and said, "Yes, I'll tell them again about the hot water." It seems that it is an ongoing problem with this room. Read entire member review >>
Very quiet room. No noise from the Promenade Deck below, far enough away from the elevated hot tub to still be private. Great location, close to the atrium elevators but far enough away to avoid atrium noise. Once in awhile could hear brats running in corridor but not enough a problem to be an issue. No detectable noise from above or below. Almost exactly the same as last year's Cove Balcony on Carnival Dream, similar size balcony - two chairs (one reclined) and small cocktail table. Queen size bed, splitable to two twins, one couch convertible to a bed - max capacity 3. Typical size bathroom with one sink, smallish shower stall that flooded the bathroom, resulted in new towels every day. Typical toilet. One outlet in bathroom - near ceiling above mirror. Ample storage with 3 closets, two with hanging rods one with shelves. Fridge fully stocked (can be emptied once in international waters). Plenty of room under queen bed for two large suit cases and two rolling carry on. Room safe in cabinet under in room vanity with drawers, top drawer has hair dryer. Be advised almost every deck has self service laundry facility. Read entire member review >>
I recently got back from a Christmas cruise on Carnival Magic. I stayed in Balcony cabin 8434, which was advertised as an 'extended balcony' with a surcharge, but it is actually a standard-size balcony (this issue never got corrected when brought to the attention of 'Customer Service'- they provided me an e-mail to send in my 'complaint'). I would not recommend the location, aft, on this ship- the temperature became unbearable, about 84 degrees (F) in my cabin, which the A/C. It felt like a swamp, but the front of the ship (forward) was ice-cold. My cabin, though no fault of the staff, was destroyed. There appeared to be mold growing on the headboard, and the dresser had a sticky substance coating the bottom of it. The robes had someone's name written on both of them, in pen, which made it very unappealing to wear. The ice bucket was missing, and so were the glasses. The bathroom was extremely limited, with the mirror having some kind of acid burn/crack on it. Compared to my first cruise with a few freebies, this stateroom included a bar of soap and a roll of toilet paper that had about 10 squares left on it. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was port side, foward. We had connecting room with 8240. Love the location! Right below Serenity, Spa and waterslides. No noise above or below. Convenient to forward elevators and stairs, but not right next to them. We had the steward open the balcony door as well and enjoyed our connecting decks! Read entire member review >>
We had a balcony cabin towards the back of the ship on deck 8. It was great our steward, Rosie, was amazing. She had the room cleaned super fast each morning and we barely saw here. Read entire member review >>
Very good location. Close to the Spa but far enough away for more privacy.
Neighbors could be slightly heard, but overall pretty quiet. Balcony was nice.
Not very large but had room for 2 chairs and table. Cabin was spacious and very clean. Good storage. Could hear everyone in the hallway Read entire member review >>
Great location except for sailing away in Galveston. We were on the wrong side! Lots of storage space. Beds are high enough for big suitcases to fit under them! Love the lighting options. Read entire member review >>
This balconey cabin is located in just the right spot. It is right next to elevators, and above the casino. Also near the stewards room with the ice machine in it, making us one of the first ones to get service. We did not have any noise issues. Read entire member review >>
This is the first time on a cruise that I could hear the people next door slamming their door to balcony - and they slammed it over and over and over again! You could also hear a lot of noise on the decks when people moved their chair or table around. The weather was so nice we were all outside enjoying it so that may have contributed to all the noise on the decks.
The room itself was pretty standard. There was enough room in the shelves & drawers for 2 women's clothing. The bathroom had lots of shelves which was very nice. Read entire member review >>
Good Location. Very Quiet. Lots of closet space. Nice balcony that was sunny enough to lounge on on the last sea day. Only had to walk up two flight of stairs to get to lido and all the fun. Read entire member review >>
We enjoyed our cabin. It was across from the crew pantry so you'd hear them scooping ice if you slept in past 8 (which we didn't do!) Our steward was wonderful. Everything was clean and new. The bed was extremely comfortable. Read entire member review >>
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