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Old February 11th, 2012, 01:35 PM
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Default What Might be Worst Gty Balcony on Equinox

Hope someone has an answer. I am about to book a gty balcony on 14-nt TA on Equinox and am wondering what might be the worst cabin I could be assigned to.

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Old February 11th, 2012, 01:51 PM
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Hope someone has an answer. I am about to book a gty balcony on 14-nt TA on Equinox and am wondering what might be the worst cabin I could be assigned to.

Thanks for your help.
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I don't know specific cabins but the catagory 2D is the worst balacony catagory which has a partially obstructed view by a life boat. It would be at height of the balcony and will block possibly half of the veranda view. I don't think any are completely blocked but someone else with experience should be able to answer that.

The good news is that you will be among the first to know if they lower the lifeboats.
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Old February 11th, 2012, 02:03 PM
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I don't know specific cabins but the catagory 2D is the worst balacony catagory which has a partially obstructed view by a life boat. It would be at height of the balcony and will block possibly half of the veranda view. I don't think any are completely blocked but someone else with experience should be able to answer that.

The good news is that you will be among the first to know if they lower the lifeboats.
LOL!! Thanks for your response. I travel solo and thus get stuck with a hefty single supplement. The large savings for a gty balcony is very attractive. On the other hand, if the location is horrid, I know I'll regret my choice. However, Still trying to decide........
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Old February 11th, 2012, 02:34 PM
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Much of Deck 6 midship is life boat hell. also, be careful on the AQ deck near the forward stairs. Windown Washing gear will ruin your view in a few cabins.
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Old February 11th, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Much of Deck 6 midship is life boat hell. also, be careful on the AQ deck near the forward stairs. Windown Washing gear will ruin your view in a few cabins.
We have had one of those; and, we decided that the mildly impacted view was a reasonable trade off for the much larger balcony. The mildly impacted view did bot bother us, but then we do not sweat the small stuff.
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Old February 11th, 2012, 02:43 PM
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Much of Deck 6 midship is life boat hell. also, be careful on the AQ deck near the forward stairs. Windown Washing gear will ruin your view in a few cabins.
Your good advise is just what I need to hear. I am beginning to think I need a good location more than the cost savings.
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Old February 11th, 2012, 08:43 PM
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How about the back/stern cabins? #6308 on Solstice?
Just found out that is our GTY veranda which is SV - Sunset Veranda
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Old February 11th, 2012, 08:47 PM
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On a shorter, non-TA cruise, I might say that I would pick the cheaper option and just deal with whatever balcony I got - after all, how much does it really matter if the view is perfect. That said, for a 14 day TA, that's alot of looking at lifeboats. If you plan to sit out on the balcony alot, I would pay a few extra $ and go for location. I also am prone to motion sickness, so would definitely want a mid-ship cabin for a sailing with that many days at sea.
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Old February 11th, 2012, 09:10 PM
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Default Stern Cabins?

How are the back/stern cabins? We have always been midship, but we booked late and had to book GTY. Just found out that our GTY veranda is SV - Sunset Veranda -#6308 on Solstice?
Verandas are all sold out now so not sure if we can even change or get an upgrade. Of course Travel agents always tell you to ask at check-in at the pier.
Think we are stuck? Any comments.......
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How are the back/stern cabins? We have always been midship, but we booked late and had to book GTY. Just found out that our GTY veranda is SV - Sunset Veranda -#6308 on Solstice?
Verandas are all sold out now so not sure if we can even change or get an upgrade. Of course Travel agents always tell you to ask at check-in at the pier.
Think we are stuck? Any comments.......
Here is the aft picture of Solstice with cabin numbers. 6308 looks great for views. You may not have a lot of privacy on the balcony.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1362270
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Old February 12th, 2012, 02:37 AM
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Pictures of Solsice aft cabins
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Solstice Class:

I personally LOVED my C1 hump cabin #1243 - about triple the size of a standard balcony - it was HUGE!!!!! Literally the largest non-suite balcony on the ship! The balcony was great for hosting cocktail parties - we had 25+ people out there one day! Being on the aft part of the hump there was virtually no wind issue to deal with. We got sun when we wanted it, and shade if desired as well. Due to balcony depth there were no privacy issues related to the angled shape.

There are 58 +/- cabins with the same size balcony we had - they are:

Resort Deck: 2105, 2109, 2106, 2110
Penthouse Deck: 1547, 1552, 1601, 1605, 1606, 1610
Sky Deck: 1075, 1044, 1231, 1243, 1247, 1108, 1120, 1124
Panorama Deck: 9155, 9192, 9209, 9215, 9237, 9241, 9266, 9270, 9292, 9296
Vista Deck: 8199, 8162, 8255, 8259, 8281, 8285, 8228, 8232, 8254, 8258
Sunrise Deck: 7159, 7206, 7215, 7219, 7241, 7245, 7260, 7264, 7286, 7290
Continental Deck: 6155, 6156, 6209, 6215, 6237, 6241, 6210, 6214, 6236, 6240

Most of these are on the hump, but some are forward where the ship starts to indent. The rooms run the range from Category 2C, 1A, C1, or AQ (with the exception of 6209/6210 which are categorized as 07 Obstucted Balcony - great balcony at a small price!). There are also many cabins adjacent to the ones I listed that also have oversized balconies that are about double the size of normal ones, but I would go for the triple sized ones first


Here is an analysis of the Concierge Class Cabins on Constellation (Deck 8) to book. So many posts here ask if specific cabins are good ones, so (even though this is only my opinion) I thought people might find this helpful.

Background: My DW and I have enjoyed several Connie sailings in recent years in Concierge Class (CC) cabins on Deck 8. We enjoy the ship (its size, dining options, etc) so, knowing we’d be back, I took some notes to know which deck 8 CCcabins to book and which to avoid. We like Deck 8 because it has staterooms both above and below. We don’t like Deck 9 due to the overhang & lido above.

Please let me know if you find this info useful. We have an upcoming cruise on Summit and I could do a little more homework. Thanks for the feedback!

CC Cabins - Constellation Deck 8:

The “Great” Rooms with larger balconies: People love the aft-facing staterooms (8170, 8172, 8176, & 8185) for the views of the wake and super-large balconies. 8045 & 8046 with larger “triangle shaped” balconies are also popular. Book these if you can! But what if they are already gone…..?

Best standard (non-adjoining) CC Cabins: 8072, 8074, 8076, 8078, 8080, 8082, 8084, & 8086 (starboard side): Good mid-ship location and non-adjoining (no interior door to the neighboring room which some complain can be the source of noise/light from the next cabin). So, why are they good? Because the inside cabins that appear directly across the hall on the deck plan are NOT really there. Well, of course they’re there, but you would never know it! Their doors all open to the opposite (port side) hall (note they all have odd cabin numbers). So there is nothing (no cabins or service areas) opposite these CC Cabins across the hall …nothing but a hallway wall.

Also good (on the port side) are 8075, 8079, 8083, 8087, 8091, 8095 & 8099: These have the same good mid-ship location & are non-adjoining, you just have a neighbor across the hall. Very good rooms to book.

Need an adjoining room? Look to book 8114, 8116, 8118, 8120, 8122, 8124, 8126, 8128, 8130, 8132, & 8134 (Starboard side): Good mid-ship adjoining rooms. Also, there also are no entrances to the “crew only” area (the large white blank space on the deck plan) across the hall anywhere in this block of cabins!

Location of Crew-Only Service Doors: I like to avoid cabins across from doors to crew-only areas (ie food prep facilities, freight elevators, mechanical equipment etc). They can be the source of noise and/or additional activity. If that matters to you, note that doors to the crew-only areas (shown as white blank space on the deck plans) are located approximately opposite the following CC cabins:

Starboard side: 8052, 8060, 8066 8090 8138, 8150 & 8176 (aft cabin)
Port Side: 8047, 8065, 8069, 8107, 8109, 8115, 8141, & 8145

Rooms to Avoid:
8094, 8096, 8111, & 8115 – Partially obstructed by the dreaded window washing equipment. NOTE: Cabins affected by the window washing equipment vary by ship. These are the rooms on Constellation ONLY. For other M-Class ships check the deck plan listed “obstructed view” rooms to avoid.

8102 & 8108 – listed as “obstructed view”, small balcony, & windows of suite next door look onto balcony.

8047 & 8048 – less private balcony which is visable from the angled balcony of the neighboring room.


Please let me know if this is helpful and if there is any other info you’d find interesting. I can be on the lookout on our upcoming cruise.

"This list is posted frequently in this forum, so this seems a good place to lock it down."

Each of the following cabins on the Millennium Class ships (Millennium, Infinity, Constellation, Summit) has some particular benefit over its peers of the same class -- most often an oversized veranda, sometimes larger cabin or nicer decor. Not all of these differences are accurately reflected in any known deck plans.

SS-6131,6132,6145,6146

CC-9043,9038,9201,9164,9162,9160
CC-8045,8046,8185,8176,8172,8170
CC-7203,7212,7208,7206
CC-6135,6136,6143,6144

2A-8161,8146,9173,9138
2B-7049,7080,7163,7166,7171,7173,7175,7177,7174,7176, 7178,7180
2C- 6016,6018,6020,6021,6022,6023,6024,6025,6026,6027, 6029,6030,6031,6033,6035,6053,6048

Since the Infinity, Constellation, Millenium & Summit are all the same configuration, these cabins will apply to your cruise.

In addition, have you heard the term "POSH" which stands for: Port side out, Starboard home. This term came about when the British were sailing from England to India (sunny vs shady side). Look at your itinerary to determine the direction the ship is traveling, this will help you decide on the side of the ship you may prefer. However, please realize when the ship docks, it may make a complete 180 turn before docking.
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My fear about a veranda guarantee on the Solstice-class ships would be a 2D obstructed view on the port-side which is just above the smoking area.
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My fear about a veranda guarantee on the Solstice-class ships would be a 2D obstructed view on the port-side which is just above the smoking area.
I absolutely agree with you on this location. It would be a cruise-killer for me.
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Here is a shot of the Solstice class starboard side 2D balconies which has a Solstice cabin number at each end indicating the section they are in. These are the ones behind the higher and larger tender boats.

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