View Full Version : Symphony Cabin Conundrum
February 21st, 2005, 05:07 PM
:confused: Ok all you Crystal vets out there...here's a real mind bending opinion question for you.
On deck eight of the ship (Horizon) some of the CAT B cabins towards the bow and stern (that's for you Judith:) ) appear to have larger balconies.
I pulled out my Crystal Atlas and started scanning photos but can not tell for sure because these same cabins may have a higher outside rail.:eek:
Here's the query, do I take # 8137 for the larger verandah, or does the rail negate the advantage??
As always your knowledgeable replies are noted and appreciated;)
All too soon...
February 21st, 2005, 05:12 PM
Larger, but the rail is steel, and not glass, so your view from outside and in is obstructed. My favorite aspect of a Verandah cabin is the floor-to-ceiling view, so I don't prefer these.
I imagine it has something to do with the safety and structural aspects that make the bow and stern more prone to the forces of unusually heavy seas. It also makes the ship look prettier to have those tapered visual elements at each end. Sort of conjures up sails.
February 21st, 2005, 05:25 PM
Thank Robert...somehow I knew you would be among the first to answer my question:)
My other option is cabin # 8117, about 10 cabins more midship, my only worry with this location is the lifeboat positioned to the left (fore) of the cabin.
Anyone know if that would be a factor in my "ocean view"
February 21st, 2005, 06:10 PM
My, but your cruise is quite heavily booked. I went into Cruisedirect.com and it showed in category B, 8116, 8123, and 8137 were available. This isn't gospel as they are sometimes wrong. Of those, I think I would pick 8123. It is more toward the middle -- neither aft nor bow (ha, ha -- don't mix words like stern in on me; I haven't gotten that ship-literate) -- with the lower railing. The ones toward the back do have larger verandahs by a bit, but also higher steel railings that are more difficult to see over. We generally stay mid-ship or forward. The one you mentioned -- 8117 -- is far enough (a stateroom in between you and the lifeboat) that I don't think it would hinder your view. But I am just guessing. The verandahs have a small "wall" -- ceiling to floor -- between you and the next verandah
February 21st, 2005, 06:24 PM
I've been in a cabin that was next door to an E cabin on Deck 8 (cabin 8058) and it wasn't a problem at all having the lifeboat next to and below my balcony. Didn't obstruct the view at all. For what it's worth, I would go with 8117 because you have a glass view rather than the steel railing.
February 22nd, 2005, 01:51 PM
I would not go with a steel railing - we were in one once and it was awlful - ended up moving!
February 22nd, 2005, 06:02 PM
Thanks to all who commented...and shame on those that did not ;(
I think 8117 is the way I will go......now will somebody PLEASE step up and sponsor me for STEX already!!!!!
February 24th, 2005, 01:35 AM
Would you mind sharing how you were able to determine which cabins are available by going on Cruisedirect.com? I went to the site and tried to check availability on the March 24 Symphony cruise and was directed to a page to complete to have an agent contact me.
February 24th, 2005, 08:32 AM
Ricki, that sometimes happens. Just try at another time.
March 14th, 2005, 08:12 PM
We were just assigned 9135, which is the last room in the back of the ship. Any idea if the side of the balcony that doesn't have a room next to it is open or has a wall? Any other drawbacks to this room outside of the steel rail? I don't think we'll mind the lack of floor to ceiling view, as the only other cruise we took had the same type of rail. My biggest issue is getting over the size of the room, too tiny for my liking, but I can't afford the penthouse! ;)