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Please forgive me if this topic has been already discussed and I missed it, but I was completely unprepared for the fact that we did not have lounge chairs on our aft balcony (9256) for our recent Radiance sailing. We always book aft cabins when we can, primarily so we can read, sun, and relax on our balcony, and we've never before had a problem.
When we questioned our cabin attendant, we were told that "lounge chairs were not allowed in the cabins" (this with a stern expression) nor were we "allowed" to bring them down from upstairs. Unable to contain my dismay, I went instantly to Customer Relations, where, after several calls to different people, he backed up the cabin attendant, stating that it was new company policy fleetwide. With the intent of booking a future cruise, I asked the C&A rep about this. She, too, said it was corporate policy, that it had become a safety issue. She added that they were looking into designs for more efficient lounge chairs since the balconies were too crowded by furniture with the current loungers on them. (If you've ever seen the size of 9256--the corner aft-- you'll understand the absurdity of that statement.) She even went so far as to contact her counterpart on the Enchantment, who agreed that all lounge chairs have been taken off their balconies, as well. I was disappointed but I figured if these are the rules, I guess I have to live by them.
However, at dinner the last night, one of my tablemates told me that she had spoken to someone in an aft suite (9256 is a Cat D) who did have lounge chairs. If so, does that mean the rules only apply to non-suite balconies?
(Something I'd have prefered to know before booking the cabin)
So my question is this--has anyone in an aft cabin on a recent cruise faced the same situation? If so, can you tell me what category cabin you had, the name of the ship, and how long ago you sailed? It's too late for the Radiance ( I know it's petty but not having the lounge chairs negatively impacted the cruise experience for me) but before I commit to another cruise, I need to know what I'll be dealing with. I'd also love knowing the reasons why RCCL made this decision, if anyone knows them.
We're really planning on them for our 7388 balcony on VOS in Sept - would be really disappointed. On our Grand Princess cruise we had padded loungers and spent half our cruise out there (aft balcony as well). Wanted to see what anyone else says since if nothing else we'll bring inflatable airbeds/rafts to lay out on!
Days until Voyager of the Seas - 9/10/2004
Big Red Boat '88,
Fair Princess '90,
Regal Princess '91,
Carnival Fantasy '93,
Regent Rainbow '95,
Big Red Boat '98,
Disney Wonder '00,
Grand Princess 11/16/03,
Voyager of the Seas 09/10/04
I am thinking that it may be the rule for side balcony's. I'm sure people have tried squishing too much furniture on those.?
The thing about Royal and "rules" They never quite see the entire picture when you are trying to ask or explain something. Of course there has got to be a differant rule for lounge chairs on aft balcony's then side balcony's. Except of course the suites on the side. Maybe people like to sleep in them? (one girl disappeared when sleeping on a lounge chair on the balcony)
this is crazy. I too spend half my cruise on the balcony and on a lounge chair. keep us posted! :eek
We were on the 3/19/04 Brilliance Panama Cruise in cabin 1600 (GS) and had two lounge chairs, two regular chairs and one table.
until our 2/26/05 Jewel of the Seas 8 day member Cruise!
until our 4/17/05 Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean Cruise!
Columbia - 5/62 - Boblo Island
Ste. Claire - 5/63 - Boblo Island
Monarch of the Seas - 4/95 - Eastern Caribbean
Sun Princess - 3/97 - Western Caribbean
Dawn Princess - 4/98 - Southern Explorer Caribbean
Dawn Princess - 1/99 - Classic Southern Caribbean
Navigator of the Seas - 2/03 - Eastern Caribbean
Brilliance of the Seas - 3/04 - Panama Canal
We had aft corner #7688 on the Navigator, and aft corner #9256 on the Serenade. BOTH balconies, had a lounge chair. The voyager class balcony was the absolute best. The bigger of the two and had one lounger. Cabin 9256 was a bit smaller and that balcony had two loungers. I guess you cant expect anything. Who know why they do what they do!
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by birdyhunter:
No chairs on the side balconies???? That's rediculous. We like to sit on our balcony in the morning. No chairs kind of defeats the purpose of a balcony.
I am thinking that for some unknown reason,Bart's lounge chairs had been taken off the aft balcony. The problem is trying to get the room steward, and then customer service to understand that you are not expecting to be able to bring lounge chairs from the pool to your balcony, but to have the lounge chairs that SHOULD BE THERE brought back. I would have made someone from guest relations come to the cabin and then I would try to again explain..........Sounds like they where on "auto response" to me.