Royal/Regal Obstructed View Balconies on Emerald Deck

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#1
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Has anyone figured out just how obstructed these views are? I see some say obstructed and some say partially obstructed. Also, some say you can't access the balcony if the bunk is down. From looking at pictures, it appears that the lifeboats are below the balconies, but I'm not sure. Will there be a lifeboat completely blocking the view or is it just sticking out below? Does anyone know? Thanks. BTW, I did try to search the Everything Royal thread and couldn't find the answer if it's there.
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Originally posted by KruzPrincess
Has anyone figured out just how obstructed these views are? I see some say obstructed and some say partially obstructed. Also, some say you can't access the balcony if the bunk is down. From looking at pictures, it appears that the lifeboats are below the balconies, but I'm not sure. Will there be a lifeboat completely blocking the view or is it just sticking out below? Does anyone know? Thanks. BTW, I did try to search the Everything Royal thread and couldn't find the answer if it's there.
Unfortunately, the current answer is that no one knows. It is certain that the lifeboat davits will extend almost to the bottom of the Dolphin deck.



It also appears that the full width of the lifeboats will extend past the balcony. The only question appears to be where the top of the lifeboat will be in relation to the top of the balcony railing. Most of the lifeboats are smaller tenders, but there are several larger lifeboats that will probably be higher than the others.
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Originally posted by IECalCruiser
Unfortunately, the current answer is that no one knows. It is certain that the lifeboat davits will extend almost to the bottom of the Dolphin deck.



It also appears that the full width of the lifeboats will extend past the balcony. The only question appears to be where the top of the lifeboat will be in relation to the top of the balcony railing. Most of the lifeboats are smaller tenders, but there are several larger lifeboats that will probably be higher than the others.
Thank you for the picture. This really helps me a lot. I can see from this picture that I won't be happy with the cabin I booked. I'll have to pick a new cabin. I booked on the Regal, so I still have options. Thanks so much.
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Originally posted by KruzPrincess
Thank you for the picture. This really helps me a lot. I can see from this picture that I won't be happy with the cabin I booked. I'll have to pick a new cabin. I booked on the Regal, so I still have options. Thanks so much.
We are about three months away from getting information from actual passengers. For most Regal itineraries that should give you enough time to make a cabin change.
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Someone should start a thread with peoples submitted photos of the view from specific cabins, like the wonderful link with photos of obstructed view outside cabins on the Princess ships.

For our specific sailing on the Royal, the obstructed view balcony cabins weren't much less than the unobstructed view. At this stage, unless I was sure my view was oK, I would not risk it.
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Originally posted by IECalCruiser
We are about three months away from getting information from actual passengers. For most Regal itineraries that should give you enough time to make a cabin change.
Agreed. It will be good to see the real thing, but from the construction pictures I can't see how I would be happy there. I know some would, but it appears they just turned the obstructed oceanview cabins into balconies for increased revenue. That's OK, but I wouldn't be happy in one.

Originally posted by sunsetbeachgal
Someone should start a thread with peoples submitted photos of the view from specific cabins, like the wonderful link with photos of obstructed view outside cabins on the Princess ships.

For our specific sailing on the Royal, the obstructed view balcony cabins weren't much less than the unobstructed view. At this stage, unless I was sure my view was oK, I would not risk it.
I'm with you. This is my first T/A and I want some view. At the price I'm paying it's worth it to pay a bit more for the view. On the Celebrity Solstice class ships the lifeboats are sticking out below the balconies which causes a partial obstruction. I could have lived with that, but from the pictures this will be much more obstructed.

Thanks everyone for your help.
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It appears to me that most of the balconies on Emerald Deck only extend out about half as far as the balconies on the other decks. Even the ones that are not obstructed.
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Originally posted by billco
It appears to me that most of the balconies on Emerald Deck only extend out about half as far as the balconies on the other decks. Even the ones that are not obstructed.
My impression is that the Emerald deck balconies extend out the same as the balconies on all the decks above them.
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From what I read - it appears that the obstruction is a solid balcony railing as in "you can not see through the balcony railing panel" rather the usual clear-glass see through railings - possibly an obstruction in addition to the life-boat/tender issue. Can that be? Really like the new Deluxe-Balcony Cabin Layout - but IF when sitting on the balcony all you can see is sky - why?
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You can see from the pictures that the railing will not be solid - like the Baja and Caribe balconies on the Sun Class (regardless those were never considered obstructed, nor are the "sheltered" balconies on the QM2, which are sort of similar).

Looking at the davits, it looks like the tenders and rescue craft will be directly in front of these balconies, not just below them. Until we see otherwise, I would avoid.
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Hi, guys,
I finally booked E110 on Royal, it's an obstructed balcony, and my TA said it's only non-glass one, no other obstruction. Is it right?
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Originally posted by tobecool
Hi, guys,
I finally booked E110 on Royal, it's an obstructed balcony, and my TA said it's only non-glass one, no other obstruction. Is it right?
Looking the photos of the finished product, that is correct.
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Originally posted by seafish
From what I read - it appears that the obstruction is a solid balcony railing as in "you can not see through the balcony railing panel" rather the usual clear-glass see through railings - possibly an obstruction in addition to the life-boat/tender issue. Can that be? Really like the new Deluxe-Balcony Cabin Layout - but IF when sitting on the balcony all you can see is sky - why?
If you are speaking of the Emerald Deck cabins, all of them will have a glass panel and not a steel wall with the exception of those five cabins all the way forward. Those behind tenders and lifeboats will have varying degrees of obstruction, and as best as we can determine it will be at least as high as the hand rail. Those between lifeboats and tenders will have the davits to deal with. Here are two pictures that were enlarged from those that were recently released. The decks are abbreviated by a single letter (A=Aloha, D=Dolphin, etc). You can see the glass panels already installed.


Aft: Lifeboat tenders not yet in place to show the 'obstruction'


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Originally posted by tobecool
Hi, guys,
I finally booked E110 on Royal, it's an obstructed balcony, and my TA said it's only non-glass one, no other obstruction. Is it right?
Your cabin and balcony:



#14
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Originally posted by dmwnc1959
If you are speaking of the Emerald Deck cabins, all of them will have a glass panel and not a steel wall with the exception of those five cabins all the way forward. Those behind tenders and lifeboats will have varying degrees of obstruction, and as best as we can determine it will be at least as high as the hand rail. Those between lifeboats and tenders will have the davits to deal with. Here are two pictures that were enlarged from those that were recently released. The decks are abbreviated by a single letter (A=Aloha, D=Dolphin, etc). You can see the glass panels already installed.


Aft: Lifeboat tenders not yet in place to show the 'obstruction'


Forward





Your cabin and balcony:



So it does appear that these balconies will be about twice as large as all the other balconies on the sides of the ship??
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The balcony sizes will vary, but the largest, E109/E110, will be about about 110 sq ft compared with 45 sq ft for a standard balcony and 45 sq ft will be covered.
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Originally posted by dmwnc1959
If you are speaking of the Emerald Deck cabins, all of them will have a glass panel and not a steel wall with the exception of those five cabins all the way forward. Those behind tenders and lifeboats will have varying degrees of obstruction, and as best as we can determine it will be at least as high as the hand rail. Those between lifeboats and tenders will have the davits to deal with. Here are two pictures that were enlarged from those that were recently released. The decks are abbreviated by a single letter (A=Aloha, D=Dolphin, etc). You can see the glass panels already installed.
Aft: Lifeboat tenders not yet in place to show the 'obstruction'

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Your cabin and balcony:



Where can I find the original photos that were just released?
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Originally posted by sunnyv
Where can I find the original photos that were just released?
A link to the pictures was originally posted back on March 18th by Cruise Critic member Captain Rhone on the 'Everything Royal Princess' thread.

Here is where the pictures were posted and a 'large' version of each:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showp...postcount=1015

The gigantic size versions from Marine Traffic are HERE and HERE.

The bottom two pictures posted above are from the Royal Princess Float Out out album on Princess Cruises Flickr page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/princesscruises/sets/

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Originally posted by dmwnc1959





Your cabin and balcony:



Loved seeing these photos as we've booked a guarantee for this category. I'm anxious to see where we are assigned.

Thanks for the great work!
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I read these posts everyday. I have subscribed to the thread and enjoy all the pics, etc.

I have been really wanting to see where my cabin is and would appreciate it if you could show me.

Cabin C622

We still are on a loooong waitlist for upgrade to balcony cabin mid - to - aft for either a mini or deluxe balcony.

Sorry, I thought I was on the Everything you want to know thread. Would I be better to post there as I am hoping
we are not obstructed.
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dmwnc1959 ,

Thank you SO... much for your pics and info. I think it's not a bad choice to choose, E110, is that right? It's my first time to book balcony, I really don't want to be regret.
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