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We and our travelling friends will be on a 25 day Med/Trans-Atlantic on the Westerdam in October. We both enjoy the extra sized balconies and great views of the aft cabins on the Vista-Class ships. Our cabin is on deck 5 aft, and our friends are on deck 8 aft. On another site that shows actual pictures of cabins taken by guests, we saw a video review of the deck 8 aft cabin where they say that every morning, crews will hose-off the Lido open pool deck above of all of the dirt and soot that accumulates from the ship's stacks. This cruddy water was flowing down onto their deck 8 balcony and the furniture, making it wet and black with dirt. I would assume that since then, someone would have complained and they would modify this practice or somehow direct the dirty water into drains instead of over onto the balconies below. Has anyone experienced this issue with a deck 8 aft cabin ?

 

Also, looking at a side photo of the Westy, it appears that the deck 5 aft balconies are almost 100% covered by the deck above, while deck 4, 6, 7 & 8 have a tiered effect, so that each aft balcony has only a partial cover. Is that true ?

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Your description of size and coverage is accurate. The deck 5 aft balconies are the largest and are fully covered.

 

We have been on a deck 8 aft balcony, actually a corner aft. I've seen comments about chair noise from above, but don't recall seeing much about dirty water. My favorite is 7, just the right blend of cover and open. If your friends can't change from deck 8, it isn't the end of the world. Chances are the sound/water issues will be minimal. And you can be gracious hosts and invite them to sit with you on your balcony.

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I agree with 3rdGenCunarder. Their comments and experience totally matches ours.

Deck 7 aft is our favorite but wouldn't hesitate to book deck 8. Our last cruise was on the Zuiderdam, deck 5 aft. The balcony was huge!

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Hey.. we are in adjoining Deck 7aft cabins with good friends, is the partition removable?

 

Yes. You will see it opened when they hose off the balconies occasionally during the cruise. They take a hose and pass through all of the balconies with the passage doors open. Ask your cabin steward to open it and leave it open for the duration of your cruise. The partition doesn't go away, but the little door does allow easy passage between balconies.

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Yes. You will see it opened when they hose off the balconies occasionally during the cruise. They take a hose and pass through all of the balconies with the passage doors open. Ask your cabin steward to open it and leave it open for the duration of your cruise. The partition doesn't go away, but the little door does allow easy passage between balconies.

 

Hi TAD2005, we are also on the TA portion in October on Westie. We have an aft corner on deck 5 too, so it seems we'll be neighbors. We have a roll call going for the TA portion of the cruise and a Meet and Greet scheduled, if you care to sign up for that. Our roll call is at: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2378057

 

We were in aft corner 6177 in 2013 and did not see any soot or have water pour down from above during washing of the Sea View pool area.. They did hose our verandah 1x on our 7 day cruise. I suppose the presence of soot, which we've seen on other ships, is based more on prevailing winds than anything else.

 

See you aboard! :D

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