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.
I appreciate any and all feedback.