We got an extended balcony room and I can't recommend that enough! When everyone and their mother is on the lido deck, you can sit on your peaceful private balcony and watch the sunset and it is awesome. You can have room service bring your breakfast and enjoy it out there too! The decor of the cabin was surprisingly dated but the room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was connected to an interior cabin and very close to the front of the ship as well as the kids club. We would pick this again for our family of 4 in a heartbeat. The balcony was very, very windy while we were sailing, but I don't think this was due to the location of the ship as much as the weather during our specific cruise. Plenty of room for 4 people to stand/sit out on the extended balcony. Read entire member review >>
Being first time cruisers we didn't know what to expect the rooms to be like. We read reviews that they were all small so we chose cabin 6262 an extended balcony room on the aft of the ship. There was room under the bed for our bags, nightstands with doors, three closets and some drawers. The room included a safe for valuables. The bathroom was a shoebox. As far as the size goes we personally wouldn't pick anything smaller for future cruises. We loved having our own balcony and our view! It gave us an extra place for us to retreat to for some privacy and nice views. A smaller room might not bother others if they plan on being out all day. We were warned that we could hear noise from the ship motors or from the crew arranging deck chairs in the morning. We heard nothing from the crew or our neighbors. We did hear the ship running however if you are use to white noise when you sleep this won't bother you. It was noticeable but not obnoxious. Overall we recommend the aft cabins. Unless we get a suite next time this is exactly what we'd pick again. Read entire member review >>
We had an extended balcony stateroom. The rooms have not been renovated since the ship was built. They are kind of an old orange color. There was wear on the table and the couch, but other than that the room was in excellent condition.
TV’s – The TV was a 20 inch tube TV. Not impressive. Read entire member review >>
Extended Balcony was nice but I wouldn't recommend paying a ton extra for. It was not very private but had better views that others. Liked being lower to the water on deck 5 and was able to people watch as people got back on board the ship (some very late on the 1st trip to Cozumel.)Inside didn't notice much difference from other Balcony Cabins. Showing some age but nothing too bothersome. Read entire member review >>
Very clean and well kept. It was cleaned quickly during the day. We always book adjoining rooms and open the balcony doors to provide more space for social gatherings. We have had the same stateroom twice by choice. Read entire member review >>
We stayed in Cabin 6224 on our 7 night cruise to the Bahamas. Cabin 6224 is on Deck 6 (Empress Deck) portside. We had plenty enough room for a family of four.
I posted more info on the room amenities as well as pictures of the room and view from the balcony on a blog, http://familysmarttravel.blogspot.com/2013/04/carnival-pride-cruise-from-baltimore.html
Cabin 6224 is 185 sq. ft. with an extended cabin of 60 sq. ft (regular balcony rooms are 40 sq. ft. of balcony space).
Cabin 6224 has 2 twin beds that they can put together into a single king size bed for two.
2 Twin beds put together. In addition, it has a sofa that converts into a bed for a 3rd person; and an upper for a 4th person. I have never heard of an upper before and actually had to look it up before our cruise. It is a bed that folds down from the ceiling and is above the convertible sofa bed so that when both upper and sofa bed are converted, it looks like a bunk bed.
There were 4 chairs and a side table on the balcony, although they were all mismatched. One of the chairs reclined but the others did not. We did ask for another reclining chair although none was available.
The view from the balcony was pretty good, although you have the life boats right below on Deck 5. This was not too bad, although it just depends on each person whether a balcony room on Deck 6 is right for you.
Depending on where your room is located, you may be in view from public areas (something to keep in mind in case you may think you have a 'private' balcony). There are panels in between each balcony, although you can still see through the spaces between and under the panels.
Is a Balcony Worth It?
Having never cruised before, we didn't know what to expect and how much room we would need, so we decided to spend a little extra on an extended balcony. Was it worth it? It was good to be able to walk out and get some fresh air and watch the ship go to and from the ports without having to go outside of your room to the top decks. However, I was very displeased to learn that maybe a balcony was not such a great idea.
Unfortunately, you can end up with noisy neighbors. The balcony doors slam pretty loudly when you just let it go. Now, the solution to this would be is to hold on to the door and let it close gently. However, we were not so lucky and doors were constantly slamming, which you can hear even inside. The slamming of balcony doors actually made the walls vibrate.
We also had neighbors who talked very loudly, which really doesn't work if you want to sit out on your balcony to read a book in peace. I can usually tune out noise with my ipod and earbuds. However, the talking was so loud, since it is amplified somehow by the way the balconies are set up, that my usual solution did not help. Also, the cigarette smoke wafted throughout the balcony that sitting out on the balcony for some fresh air and quiet time became a challenge.
Something to Consider if You are a Non-smoker
Although all rooms are non-smoking, people are allowed to smoke on the balconies - BIG ISSUE for non-smokers who also paid for a balcony. This is my biggest disappointment on our cruise because we were not able to spend as much time as we would have wanted on our balcony. Cabin 6224 is the 3rd balcony from the front side of the ship, which means that you have two balconies (6220 and 6222) that could potentially have smokers and have cigarette smoke wafting back towards you when the ship is moving. Also, you have four other rooms (6226 to 6332) that may have smokers and smoke lingering around you when the ship is at port.
I believe that people should be allowed to smoke, however, non-smokers also have a right to not be around second hand smoke. I blame this more on Carnival than the smokers. I thought that since all rooms are non-smoking that we didn't have to worry about making sure we get a non-smoking room, like you would normally do when you book a hotel room. Well, I was wrong. Unfortunately, we were not made aware that smoking is allowed on the balconies and that there are no designated non-smoking balconies when we booked our cruise. Read entire member review >>
Extended balcony right before wall, feels very private but your view is closed off from looking forward and you have the life boats below you so can't look straight down. Still a nice balcony. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was a category 8J, with an extended balcony. This balcony WAS HUGE! We called it the "bowling alley". We had 2 loungers, 3 chairs, and a side table. This allowed for us to eat lunch and breakfast quite a few times. When the chair hogs take over on the top deck, we came down to our private loungers! Fell asleep and napped one Fun day at Sea!
Inside was a standard cabin, it accommodates up to 4 guests with a bunk that lowers from the ceiling, and a convertible sofa bed. Our room stewardess kept things great all week, no complaints! Will be even nicer after November when the cabins get flat-screen televisions! Read entire member review >>
Cabin 6224 Extended Balcony was just enough room for the four of us.
Not real noisy, close enough to the elevators and right above the main Dining room so we loved it. Only issue was a long walk to the other end to get off the ship at the Ports. But not too bad Read entire member review >>
With 5 of us, we had cabins 7160 and 7162. Both had extended balconies and we had the staff open the door between the two so we could share one large balcony which was really nice. You have to go to the guest services desk to arrange this as soon as you can and they came the next morning and opened it for us. We lost a bit of our view in 7160 as the door swung in our side but it was definitely a plus being able to walk from one cabin to the next. Especially as we had two smokers who used the balcony a lot.
We had 3 of us in cabin 7160 and found we still had enough room to get around the room as there was plenty of storage with 3 large cupboards, 2 small cupboards and 4 drawers. There were also two small end tables beside the beds with storage under each. The showers were really good and no flooding on the floor which is always nice.
The staff allowed us to take all the supplies out of the mini bar fridge and we used that to keep our own wine and soft drinks.
The rooms show as being "mid ship" but we were really closer to the front of the ship. All in all, there was not a lot of movement with the exception of our last night when we were travelling 25 knots and it was a bit choppy. We joked as the life boats were just one level below us so you could actually jump from our balcony. That said, they were not close enough to block our view of the water.
My son-in-law has a bad foot and we were not as close to the buffets on the lido deck as we would have liked. We had to go up 2 flights then about half way across the ship to get to the buffet area we preferred. That said, it really was not that far if you have two good feet. Instead of running up for coffee on our own in the morning, we just ordered room service which always came very promptly.
I would definitely book those rooms again if I were to go back onto this ship. Read entire member review >>
Good location, quiet, 10 steps from aft elevator which led directly to main dining room. covered balcony with two chairs (one reclining), open view. Room had 2 small closets, one closet of shelves - plenty of storage for 2 people. Good size bathroom with shelves for toiletries; temperature controllable shower. Really comfortable bed with good pillows and linens. Sofa and coffee table. Hairdryer was low power and you had to hold the on button at all times to make work (only real complaint I had) Read entire member review >>
We had an extended balcony on deck 8. Good view, enjoyed the balcony, good storage space, liked the t.v. and mini-fridge. Cabins need more electrical outlets, the pool deck is above the stateroom, heard lounge chairs being moved around and loud music. Read entire member review >>
We were in 8189 which is great for being right by the elevator and stairs; however you can hear staff rolling carts over the sliding doors at odd hours. Balcony was well maintained as always Read entire member review >>
Our extended balcony cabin 7181 was great!! There was plenty of room on the balcony with 2 chairs and a table. The closets and storage spaces were large and roomy and we stowed the suitcases under the bed. The bed was heavenly - we slept like babies. There was very little noise, mostly coming from Balcony doors slamming. I tried to remember not to let them slam in consideration of others. The bathroom also was roomy with shelves in the vanity area for personal items, makeup, etc. The shower is small, but manageable. We will always choose a balcony cabin and the extended balconies are wonderful. Read entire member review >>
Carnival Pride. Cabin 6232. Standard balcony cabin with a surprise! But, lets keep it a secret...A giant private balcony all for you! this balcony is as long as a bowling alley and is furnished with lounge chairs, upright chairs and a table. Although this room is located near the elevators, we never heard a single noise during our seven night cruise! Quiet, very quiet. Read entire member review >>
We had rooms 5106, 5108 and 5110. Awesome set up. Mom and sister in 5110, me and hubby in 5108 and two teenage boys in 5106. Friends were in 5238, they booked separately. We asked for the balcony doors to be opened between 5108 and 5110, no problem. 5106 was a connecting cabin to 5108 and an inside room. My only real complaint was that although the balcony was nice and roomy because of the location, it had peeling paint and rust spots. Not attractive at all but didn't prevent me from sitting out there during and reading on our warmer days. I was concerned that the front of the ship would be rockier than our previous mid ship room, not a problem. The whole ship was rocking and we don't get sea sick. If you do, you may want to avoid these rooms,especially cruising during winter months which tend to be rougher seas. Read entire member review >>
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