Cabin M108 - Port side front corner was Fabulous. The balcony is huge as it covers the bridge bump out. YES - it can be a bit windy and NO - it was never a problem. There were two wood chaise recliners and 4 wood chairs with cushions and 1 ... Read More
Cabin M108 - Port side front corner was Fabulous. The balcony is huge as it covers the bridge bump out. YES - it can be a bit windy and NO - it was never a problem. There were two wood chaise recliners and 4 wood chairs with cushions and 1 round wood table. The balcony is so big you can move the chairs and chaise around to be in or hide from the sun and wind. The first day had the most wind as we headed south. It was less windy as the ship slowly sailed from island to island. We had beautiful flat seas and perfect weather for most of the cruise.
We prefer the front as we love the quietness of leaving port and being able to see where we are going. We saw many flying fish from the front. The balcony was never closed or locked off. The balcony door is a sliding glass door, which was easy to open and there was no concern of slamming doors or fingers, such as the swing bulkhead door on another ship. The balcony rail has solid sides so when you are lying down you can not see through. This never bothered us. If you sit in the chair, you can see over the rail, especially where it narrows at the aft of the balcony. If you want complete shade and no wind, then you may not like this balcony. However, if you love sea views, large open spaces, and the ability to move around a large balcony or are entertaining a large group, then this one is perfect.
There was no problem keeping the drapes closed at night. You can still walk outside at night. In fact, we prefer the darkness at the front because you can see the stars so well. When people leave their balcony lights on and the drapes open at night, it ruins the darkness. So keep the drapes closed at night and enjoy the stars and the moon. Most of us never get to see such a beautiful night sky as when we are at sea.
The room has an entry hall with a large mirror that leads into the salon. The salon has a loveseat, and chair and a desk and with chair. You walk through the salon into the bedroom. There is no curtain or door, but the bedroom stills feels private. The bed faces a large picture window and you can see the ocean while sitting in bed. The mini suite has nice marble counters, nice lighting and two TV’s. The bathroom is the standard mini suite bathroom with regular counter (not marble). There were tons of closet space and storage cabinets. We bring a lot, but did not fill it up. Many nice wood hangers. The ironed sheets were so nice. I’ll have to talk to the MAID about our sheets after this!
The room was beyond our expectations. We have cruised in full suites on Princess and other lines, but we felt like we had great value for the money spent in this mini-suite and balcony. The M105 mini-suite next door also has a large balcony. The room was a large square with a full size couch rather than the loveseat. Either room choice is a good value. Read Less