Posted October 2nd, 2016, 10:23 AM
We had B702 last year (one on the port side) but decided this year to have a rear Suite, namely B724 which is one overlooking the wake, right in the centre, with a deep balcony, so we can certainly give you some help with your queries:-
1. We never experienced any problems with noise from the Live Lounge. The music here ends around midnight so if you do hear anything it won't continue after that time.
2. When we had B702 last year we were above the deck area next to the Live Lounge. There was never any large scale noise from there, but there certainly were people out talking and, because we were on the port side, smoking, and, although we were a long way up, the smoke did waft up. It doesn't overly bother me, but my husband didn't like it. IMO it would not be a major problem.
3. We have seen 'parties' given in near by Suites. In fact one of the Suites just below us and to the right (a corner one) on our last cruise had a 'do' on the last formal night - it was no problem at all. The ones we have seen have never been late, always pre-dinner, and low key. Canape and Champagne given out by the Butler to a smallish number of guests. I would be extremely surprised if you experienced a problem.
4. The soot. Yes, you get it; you wipe it up with one of the blue towels - not the white ones! - and enjoy the balcony! I would be surprised if it bothers you unduly on F deck. We were on B deck and there was, at times, quite a lot of it. It tends to be more prevalent in the mornings when it has had all night to settle, plus the ship is usually going a bit faster at night and therefore puts out more soot. It really wasn't much of a problem during the day. We didn't let it bother us and enjoyed our holiday!
Hope this helps.
PS. Funnily enough we've wanted to try a front Suite - could you give a description of what they're like as you can hardly find anything on them on the internet!
Thank you so much for answering each of my questions and to other posters for addressing some of them. I'd still be extremely interested to have the same questions answered by anyone who has stayed in F730.
I've just checked my Horizon's from our last Britannia cruise and noticed that the late disco in the Live Lounge doesn't even start until various times between 11pm and midnight, so if there is a noise disturbance it will most definitely go on until the early hours of the morning. Again, if anyone has been in F730 and can assure me that it's not enough to keep you awake I would be extremely grateful as this is concerning me.
Interesting to read that you could smell cigarette smoke as high up as B deck, but I note that you were in a side suite right above where the smokers tend to congregate (nearest the door). Again, very keen to know if you can smell smoke from the balcony of F730 given that it is further away from this area, albeit still above an area that people can smoke in, as I would dislike that intensely.
I'm reassured that any suite balcony parties are pre dinner drinks rather than inconsiderate late night noise and am now reassured by the responses. The soot issue sounds like an inconvenience but not (on F deck at least) a show stopper.
Interested to hear the comments re excessive vibration at the rear. Not sure what to make of that as I don't know if it would disturb sleep. I remember dining in 17 (now Epicurean) one night on Azura and everything was rattling!
If nobody on here has stayed in F730 perhaps someone has stayed in G732. All of the issues I am concerned about would be worse in G732 (if at all), so if they aren't a problem on G deck then they shouldn't be on F deck. This would give a useful perspective alongside the positive feedback from the person who stayed in E742 (for which I was grateful).
Regarding the question about front suites. These are the only ones we have stayed in so can't really compare and contrast. They do however have significantly larger bedrooms that the other suites. To give you some idea, the King Size bed takes up less than a quarter of the space, albeit the ceiling slopes down on one side. We take the two armchairs from the lounge (leaving the sofa) which makes that area spacious and create our own private Crows Nest using the large panoramic forward facing window. It is also possible to watch arrivals into ports from your bed. The suites are very quiet, other than a few nights in the summer cruise when rowdy crew members were outside in the crew area (at the very front of the ship) in the early hours and woke us up. The biggest negative of these suites is the balcony, which is very shallow (you have to sit at an angle) and is shaded quite a lot of the time by the bridge which overhangs above it. Hope that helps but feel free to ask anything else.
So, finally, a further call for past passengers from F730 or G732 to answer my specific questions as others have kindly done for higher decks.
P&O Cruises Experience – 120 nights over 10 cruises (Oriana x 2, Oceana x 2, Azura, Ventura x 2, Britannia x 2, Aurora)
P&O Cruises to Come – 57 nights over 5 cruises (Aurora x 2, Britannia, Arcadia)
674(A) Oriana 14/5/96. Southampton to Istanbul. 8 nights. Outside Cabin.
E620 Oceana 11/8/06. Mediterranean. 14 nights. Outside Cabin.
E720 Oceana 12/8/07. Canaries. 13 nights. Outside Cabin.
X912 Oriana 24/7/09. Baltic. 14 nights. Outside Cabin.
A118 Azura 5/8/11. Mediterranean. 16 nights. Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabin.
N321 Ventura 18/8/13. Mediterranean. 14 nights. Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabin.
B517 Britannia 15/8/15. Mediterranean. 14 nights. Suite.
B622 Britannia 23/7/16. Norwegian Fjords. 7 nights. Suite.
N703 Ventura 15/2/17. Amsterdam & Bruges. 4 nights. Penthouse Suite.
R705 Aurora 13/5/17. Baltic. 16 nights. Accessible Balcony Cabin.