This is a non-haven aft penthouse suite with large balcony (category SF). It is not wheelchair accessible although its next-door neighbor is. I think these were previously known as "romance suites".
I'll let the photos tell the story. I tried to shoot photos that elaborate on the floor plan on NCL's website. (I forgot to photograph the little alcove in the entry, but I've seen it in YouTube videos, so you can find it if you're curious.) The balcony is a little small compared to analogous suites, but it was plenty for us.
We loved this suite and didn't care a jot that it wasn't in the Haven. It had full VIP status (other than Haven access) and we got incredible views and photographs of the glaciers the whole time we were in Glacier Bay. The only tiny little thing that I would have liked from the Haven cabins is a separate "car wash" type shower. But I had thermal suite access and lived it up in that lap of luxury instead.
We didn't notice any noise from surrounding rooms/venues. The bed was huge and comfortable. (My husband and I disagree about the pillows. I thought they were great. He wished he'd brought his from home.)
Our butler, Renato, kept us super spoiled with gluten-free afternoon treats and coffee set-ups. It took me about a day and a half to get over my hang-ups about bothering him with requests. He reassured me that it's what he's there to do!
Noemi, our concierge, got me out of a tough spot when I realized I had scheduled a spa treatment that overlapped with prime glacier viewing. I always appreciate good customer service, but I especially appreciate it when the issue is obviously my fault.
Our cabin steward, Roy, was simultaneously an instant friend, the ultimate host, and a true linen-folding artist. All of his creations made me "squee" but he saved the best for last. Check out the swan wedding with eskimo priest presiding. He got a little misty eyed the night of our special dinner talking to us about soulmates and how he could tell how connected we are to each other.
We ended up writing comment cards for around ten Cruise Heroes because we were so overwhelmed with the level of personal attention. One of the things that struck me most is that all of the crew we interacted with were upfront as "real people" and we got to know them. They are sacrificing months away from their families to give us a week away from our daily stress and they still had the emotional stamina to make a real community out of our temporary population. They do it to send good money back home but they also do it to make our lives a little better. They're incredible and I'm in awe of them. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was awesome! It was right on the back of the ship. Our balcony had a panoramic view of everything behind the ship. It made for some amazing photo opportunities. The bed was comfy and the bathroom was a good size for the two of us. There was a separate vanity area which made it easier for us to get ready at the same time. There was more than enough closet space for both of us. Overall, the room meet and exceeded all of our expectations. Read entire member review >>
New decor and bedding, as well as carpeting was absolutely lovely in this spacious room. The outdoor balcony aft was so relaxing on the padded lounge chairs and the room itself was roomy and well laid out. Read entire member review >>
We love the aft corner suites, and this was a nice one. The room was spacious and gave us a nice deck to enjoy quiet times. However, the furniture is in bad need of upgrading. The bathroom and shower were excellent and the closet space and the amount of drawers and storage areas was more than plenty. Read entire member review >>
This was a wonderful suite! It was a corner aft suite, so we only had neighbors on one side, and a crew stair on the other. It was a super quiet location; the only time there was noise was once on a day with an early docking time, for about 5 minutes, and then again on debarkation day, but that’s to be expected as the crew bustles about for the next group of guests. Otherwise, very quiet! Loved the soft hum of the engines and loved watching our wake from the balcony, it was very soothing! And of course, great views of everything. The balcony was always wet from washing down the Great Outdoors on Deck 12 (also, it’s Alaska, so definitely from rain and mist too), but we only found a few rogue coffee stirrers on the balcony once. This did not bother us at all. The room was well-appointed and the bed was super comfy! Our butler was Lazaro and our room steward was Danilo (we called him Dan). Lazaro was quick to address our needs, which we didn’t have many except for the espresso machine, which broke twice! He replaced it twice, right away, and was always friendly. Dan kept our room spotless, made the best towel animals, and was so friendly and personable. I highly recommend this room for anyone looking into an aft suite. Read entire member review >>
My dream stateroom- an aft balcony! Very spacious for the two of us. Very well kept.
Mattress and bedding was extremely comfortable- it lead to daily naps I NEVER take at home!
Bathroom was spacious and tub was nice and deep. Water pressure was great every shower taken,although the temperature fluctuated a little bit here and there.Nice hot showers daily! Didn't care for the strongly scented Elemis Spa products in the small bottles,but I did like both the shampoo and body wash in the dispenser. You can hear a bit of noise in the bathroom,especially the last night's bass thumping party below in Bliss. Wasn't awful. Oh,and the toilet creaks when you sit. Way to make you not want to hit the buffet! ( there's a scale in the bathroom,if you,feel the need...)
Closet ( which opens from both sides) and storage was plentiful and plenty of hangers were provided.far more storage than we needed for the two of us,which was convenient. Two nice robes and sets of basic slippers were provided in the closet as well as a golf sized umbrella.Two small safes gave us plenty of locked storage for valuables. The vanity with several small drawers and an outlet with a small stool outside of the bathroom had a large regular mirror as well as a magnified makeup mirror,tissues and cotton balls.
Table and 4 chairs was a very convenient thing to have,as we used room service a few times and had a place to keep the camera at the ready right by the balcony door.
Ahhh...the balcony door. My only complaint. The door did not catch properly the entire week. It wasn't UBP induced operator error,either! It generally took several minutes to get the door to lock. One or both of us gave up several times and left e other person to deal with it. The door suddenly slid open several times over the course of the week when we thought it was locked. Twice,in the middle of the night,which was actually pretty,scary to wake to. Now,I must note the staff was very quickly in our room three times,trying to fix it. Hotel director Cary himself had someone jump on it.It wasn't ignored,but it needs more time than a two minute fix I think.On day two the balcony jammed closed in the locked position. The thought of not being able to go out onto the balcony would have been devastating,but they got it open...only so it wouldn't lock closed again! At least the crew got to experience it so they didn't think I was crazy....
The balcony itself was everything I wanted- very protected from the cold wind and rain with a padded chaise,two chairs and a small table. Many extra chances at pics and many many Orca sightings! Smelled the bakery most days working its magic- yum! Do note-heading North was fine,heading back south to Seattle there was a pretty rediculous and frequent smell of cigarette smoke. Eww. It's from right below on deck 7, where everyone sits and chats and smokes what felt like a pack at a time. Must have been wind direction on the way back? Read entire member review >>
Loved the Balcony view from the back, we never missed anything from being on the wrong side of the ship, smaller than we expected thou. Got daily treats from the butler. Room was extra big w/ a bigger TV than the other rooms, huge closet you could get in from 2 sides, and the pillows, yip, I said pillows, we already ordered 4 as soon as we got back, they were FABULOUS.
You won't be disappointed in the Penthouse Suite. Read entire member review >>
Aft Balcony Penthouse Cat. SF #9670- We loved this cabin. It was very spacious and had lots of closet space. I have always liked being aft and I am glad we picked the aft cabin again, especially when we were in Glacier Bay. We felt like we could reach out and touch the Glacier, thats how close we were. The Bathroom was very nice and I like the enclosed toilet area for privacy. I also like how the closet area opened from two side. The bed was super comfortable, and I loved the Climarelle pillows. Read entire member review >>
Roomy for a "small penthouse". Plenty of drawer & closet space. Loved the full bath/shower. Deck was nice and big, but chair cushions moldy and wet, since were in Alaska. Location is superb, on the aft (back) of the boat. For an Alaska cruise, it's great, as instead of getting one side or the other, you have a panoramic view of everything as the boat passes sights. There are also great aromas coming from the bakery below. Read entire member review >>
Suite 10166 - Starboard Aft. Great for two good for three. Room is approx 17x24 with a 17x8 balcony. Large hanging closet has doors on both the bathroom side and hall side. There is also a cabinet with both shelves and drawers along with two safes. There is a nice make up area with lighted mirror outside the bathroom. The bathroom itself is split into three areas - the toilet, a sink and bathtub/shower - the room and layout are quite functional. The king sized bed is very comfortable. There is also a small desk with a flat screen TV above it on the wall opposite the bed. Between the bed and the balcony door is a small sofa that turns into a single bed - also comfortable. In the other corner is a small table with four wooden chairs. A stuffed chair, ottoman, and round glass top table round out the furniture in the suite. The suite is in the aft area and the sitting area is back away from the hall. The balcony is sheltered from wind - but is partly open to the decks above - including the Great Outdoors Cafe - we ended up with some sugar packets on the balcony on day. Read entire member review >>
Large and spacious. Great view off the back right corner, large balcony. Some of the furniture needs updating. Comes with DVD player, Expresso machine,two safes, walk-through closet, two-person love seat, table with four chairs, upholstered chair and ottoman, fridge, privacy doors for water closet and bathtub, fresh flowers. Long walk but worth for the peace and quiet. Read entire member review >>
We stayed in an AE Penthouse. With the AFT balcony, it was a wonderful cabin. Never windy. We way over packed and had lots of unused places for additional things. There is no negatives about this room. Great size. I love the dressing area outside the bathroom. Read entire member review >>
romance suite facing aft - really nice size, good storage, great bathroom,minibar and coffee/tea maker in suite. very civilized being able to watch the ocean go by while sipping a glass of bubbly. great value for the money. Read entire member review >>
Nice cabin, lots of storage space. Full bath with separate toilet and shower area. Has tub (but not for people over 6' tall). Big closet acccessbible from bath or hall. Separate make=up area. Room has large LCD TV, separate table, small couch and chairs.
Best part is the balcony, large wraps a bit around the ship.
This room has only neighbor on one side. other side is crew stair (very quiet). Read entire member review >>
We had a Penthouse Suite , it was VERY spacious had ample closet and drawer space. I loved the Sofa it was firm yet comfy. I do have one complaint about our room and that was the lack of water pressure. It was not satisfactory to say the least. I was told that was the best it could be. Engineering please work on that. We had a great Balcony, no noise in the hallways. Exceeded our expectations , couldn't be happier and we look forward to our next cruise ( we did put a deposit down) with NCL. Read entire member review >>
Excellent cabin if you want to do any photography as you are out of the wind and rain and when they visit the glaciers the rear of the ship turns so you have a good view of the glaciers. A very small amount of noise from the crew ladder way that is next door to the room, but usually only when they are cleaning rooms. My sleep was never disturbed. Read entire member review >>
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