With room for up to three guests, these staterooms have two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and a pull out sofa to accommodate one more. Along with a sitting area, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a private balcony with an amazing aft-facing view.
We chose this cabin for the aft view. It is small for a balcony cabin, but adequate for our needs. The only minor inconvenience was that most of the shelf space was inside the closet and to one side--awkward. Our room steward, Charlie, did a fantastic job! Our son and daughter-in-law had a mini suite for the same price and it was larger, had a better layout, had a bathtub and a larger balcony. Next time that is what I will book. Read entire member review >>
The suite was nice and roomy but the bathroom was quite small with only one sink and a tub shower. The suite had good, two zone HVAC and a way to close off the bed for early risers and hooray, the sink and tub drains worked well. A butler came with the suite and he kept us stocked with fruit and snacks. Read entire member review >>
Overall room was very comfortable. Not much larger than a standard balcony. Balcony was a bit larger than a standard balcony. Not sure I would pick this category again. I think I would rather be mid-ship. A lot of walking with a cabin at the very rear of the ship. Read entire member review >>
The worst part for me was the bed. Not only was it harder than a rock, but it had a very bad smell to it. The smell reminded me of the way a t-shirt at the Salvation Army smells...old, sweat stained and will never come clean. I asked our cabin steward to please change the sheets again immediately upon boarding because I was convinced that he hadn't changed them from the last guests (possibly a large, sweaty man?). Well, he changed them and they still had the odor. Its almost like its baked into the sheets at this point and most definitely into the pillows. It was just disgusting. This ship is in serious need of new bedding. Read entire member review >>
Our room was clean. We had to convince our steward that he should fix the room everyday. Don't wait for us to ask, just do your job. He did in the end get the message and all worked out fine. The balcony is somewhat bigger because it is an aft balcony. A lounge chair x 2 fit neatly on the balcony plus two regular chairs. Read entire member review >>
furniture, carpet, curtains outdated and in need of repair.....WHERE ARE ALL THE ELECTRICAL OUTLETS? In this day and age we all have several electrical devices and we really needed more outlets. Our cabin service man, Jay was EXCELLENT!!! WONDERFUL!!!! AMAZING!!!!! Read entire member review >>
Cabin was great--a virtual floating hotel room ! Loved the mini-fridge and coffee maker. We always cruise with a balcony but this was our first suite. It was worth every dollar especially since we cruised mainly to enjoy the ocean. Aft is the absolute best place to be. We saw both sunsets and sunrises and while docked had a nice view of the island. Closet space/storage is amazing. Cabin was clean and showed no sign of wear and tear. Read entire member review >>
We loved the balcony. It was really nice to be in the back of the boat. There was no wind coming at you and you could not hear the fog horn. Ali our room steward was fun. The towels animals were cute. The room was always taken care of morning and night. Read entire member review >>
10230 aft balcony = biggest balcony on the ship for any balcony cabin. Quiet, out of the way and if you are out enjoying your balcony at the right times you can get a whiff of the hard working chefs doing their baking magic (yes those pecan sticky buns and other yummy breads and rolls) Read entire member review >>
Great room, lots of space, wish we would've gotten some more towel animals tho, only 2. And I would ask for the cabin to be made up/turned down because we needed new sheets, and they never got changed. Every night. Also room service took FOREVER and getting ahold of them was a challenge. Read entire member review >>
Pluses - Good sized balcony, loved overlooking the wake. Bakery aromas were mouth-watering. Bathroom was decent-sized and well laid out. Beds were amazing! Minuses - loud music from the lounge below was very audible. Read entire member review >>
The aft facing balcony was great and we loved the size of the balcony. The room is fine for two people and the bath was adequate. Since you are at the Stern, you get more motion and I wouldn't recommend this if you have any motion problems. We were concerned about additional noise--engine and from the nightclub below us, but there was no problem--we slept like babies. Read entire member review >>
As for the room it's self - it's exactly the same size (both room and balcony) to any other standard balcony on the ship. This is not a suite size room. I will also say that on the last day, we were one of the last to leave our room (9am was the deadline), and the doors to the other aft-facing rooms were open. We peeked in and I can tell you that they were not much bigger than ours - these are not penthouse rooms by any stretch! Personally, we were very happy with our choice. The bathroom, while tiny per usual, we found to be nice in that the toilet had its own dividing door, and the shower was a walk-in with a sliding door. There was an adequate amount of storage with a shelf below the sink and a built in waste basket. The ventilation was good as well.
The bedroom consisted of a queen bed, sofa and small square table. There was a built-in desk and shelf area, and a second built-in mirrored "make-up" area. The closet and draw space was plenty for us, and of course your bags get stored under the bed.
The balcony consisted of to chairs with reclining backs (not chaise loungers) and a small 1ft square table (just large enough to hold a plate). Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was smaller than any we've had on our past cruises. Two twin beds were made into a king-size bed and it was very comfortable. The room was attractive and clean. There were new flat screen televisions in the cabin, but it got very few channels.
We had one major complaint about this cruise and it was our cabin choice. On all previous cruises we have booked mid-ship balconies. On this cruise, we decided to try an aft balcony for the first time and it was the worst cabin decision we ever made. Our cabin, #8176, was above the Spinnaker Lounge. There was very loud music playing there every night until 3 a.m.! All the reviews I had read about this particular cabin, never mentioned how loud things would be there. The music was either a live band or a DJ. It didn't matter because it was horrible and we did not get much sleep. Unless you like to party until the wee hours, I urge you not to book an aft cabin on deck 8 of this ship.
Another thing nobody mentioned about this particular cabin is that when you have an aft balcony, you do not hear the soothing sounds of ocean waves like on a mid-ship balcony. You hear the sounds of a waterfall which is the noise we decided to call the water coming from the propellers on the back of the ship.
The shower in the bathroom was very large and had glass doors which was nice. On the other side of the shower was a sink. The toilet had its own enclosure. Warning to large people: do not torture yourself by booking a cabin on this ship. I do not exaggerate when I say you are a few inches of the wall on all sides of the toilet area. Read entire member review >>
If you like to listen to the wake and have peace and tranquility, aft is for you. The BA is a little larger than most balcony cabins and the view is tremendous. For a 7-day or less trip, this cabin is great for one or two people. There is adequate storage in both the bathroom, closet and drawers/shelves. Read entire member review >>
Aft Balcony. Larger balcony than std BA, A little tight getting around the bed. Bathroom - shower with sliding glass door on the left, sink in center, toilet with sliding glass door on the right. Plenty of closet space for two, only 3 drawers to share. Couch and small table. Very quiet area of ship. Great if you don't mind having to walk far to get to where you need to be. Read entire member review >>
Rear balcony centre is great. No kids running up and down the long halls, see where you have been, and big size and quite private. NOTE, cabin staff does not service balconies for whatever reason, as our glass beneath the railing was dirty from day one, and there was not any mopping of the deck surface. Quite noisy when the ship is underway as you hear the propellers churning up the water big time! Read entire member review >>
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