Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
ashhill

Regal Princess balcony

Recommended Posts

We loved our mini on the Regal - deck 14 right under the sea walk.  It had the larger curved balcony, was near the aft stairs and elevator and there was very, very  little noise from deck 15.  We enjoyed watching the people on the sea walk and did not feel that we were being watched.  Loved the size of the mini and the large sofa.  Just wish we could have the same cabin in every cruise. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/20/2019 at 12:50 PM, fishin' musician said:

If you refer to the deck plan you will discover balcony, deluxe balcony and mini suites with much larger balconies than the standard, miserable cramped ones.  I'd go inside before I'd do another typical balcony.  Do some research and book early. 

Agree.  As an example, we had our typical Inside booking on Regal for this June (Baltic).  Being ever observant of things, I noticed quite a price drop (actually we went through three of these I think from original booking) and we could get an Obstructed Balcony for same or less than the Inside.  Turned out there was a larger balcony available on Emerald and those aren't really obstructed, plus you cannot see into them or into the cabin from the Skywalk zones.  We are also on the Starboard side, so no possible noise from Crooners.  So, we are going to try this area for first time and see what we think.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, steelers36 said:

Agree.  As an example, we had our typical Inside booking on Regal for this June (Baltic).  Being ever observant of things, I noticed quite a price drop (actually we went through three of these I think from original booking) and we could get an Obstructed Balcony for same or less than the Inside.  Turned out there was a larger balcony available on Emerald and those aren't really obstructed, plus you cannot see into them or into the cabin from the Skywalk zones.  We are also on the Starboard side, so no possible noise from Crooners.  So, we are going to try this area for first time and see what we think.

 

The cabins with larger balconies on Dolphin deck are also great and there you have the advantage of cabins above and below. We had D424 on Majestic and really love the location and the size of the balcony.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, OzKiwiJJ said:

The cabins with larger balconies on Dolphin deck are also great and there you have the advantage of cabins above and below. We had D424 on Majestic and really love the location and the size of the balcony.

Yes... however those are Deluxe and I was going for better price on the "Obstructed".  Above Dolphin deck those cabins are all Minis.  I wanted to try out the Emerald ones and see what we think but I do agree that the Dolphin Deluxes are an option for a larger balcony without going to a Mini.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/20/2019 at 10:04 AM, Daniel A said:

DW & I usually book mini suites when we sail.  In addition to the postage stamp sized balcony on Regal's minisuites you may find the redesign of the minisuite on the Regal to be a disappointment.  The "hourglass" design of the minis on older ships gave a feel of two separate rooms and we really enjoy the couch and coffee table.  Now, the minis have straight walls and a curtain separating the sitting area from the sleeping area.  The biggest disappointment was the very small balcony.  It felt cramped.  The problem we had with the minis with the larger balconies on the bump outs was that they lack privacy.  They are under the glass bottom Sea Walk and people can (and do) look straight down into the balconies below.

 

We found an alternative to the minisuite if you are interested: the Deluxe Balcony Cabin.  The main difference between the minisuite and the deluxe balcony is that the mini has a full bathtub where the deluxe has a shower stall instead.  There is a 2 person couch in the deluxe rather than a 3 person couch in the mini.  The drawback is the meager balcony size.  (Same size as the minisuite.)  What makes the deluxe a better fit for us is that the deluxe has everything we wanted in a cabin but it is less costly than the minisuite which again, is a disappointment to us anyway.

 

That's my two cents - I hope it gives you an alternative.

I agree with everything this poster has said, except that being under the Seawalk is a negative.  We thoroughly enjoyed being under the Seawalk.  I think we had more fun watching the walkers (some went fast, because of fear of heights (?), some took their time, but looked out to sea, not at us.  Only a few gave us a glance, but then they moved on.  Unless you like to sunbathe in the nude, this is a great location!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What measurements make a balcony "a good size?" Does anybody know?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
50 minutes ago, Bootman4U said:

What measurements make a balcony "a good size?" Does anybody know?

When you need to sit at an angle so your knees don't crowd against the balcony plexiglass - that's not a good size.  I don't know why Princess shrank their balcony size on the Royal Class ships.  Princess doesn't give the balcony dimensions, only total approximate square footage of the whole stateroom including the balcony.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 hours ago, Daniel A said:

When you need to sit at an angle so your knees don't crowd against the balcony plexiglass - that's not a good size.  I don't know why Princess shrank their balcony size on the Royal Class ships.  Princess doesn't give the balcony dimensions, only total approximate square footage of the whole stateroom including the balcony.

That's what drove us to an inside cabin for our next cruise on the Regal. :classic_rolleyes:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is taken on the Regal, hopefully it helps.  We've had staterooms on both extremes on this ship and enjoyed both but preferred the direct aft facing. Both had very large balconies and the forward facing balcony was not an issue at all when ship was underway.  Just be careful when choosing an aft balcony on this class of ships because only certain floors have partial coverage.

IMG_1158.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Triptkr said:

This is taken on the Regal, hopefully it helps.  We've had staterooms on both extremes on this ship and enjoyed both but preferred the direct aft facing. Both had very large balconies and the forward facing balcony was not an issue at all when ship was underway.  Just be careful when choosing an aft balcony on this class of ships because only certain floors have partial coverage.

 

Also the soot deposits that appear every morning. :classic_laugh:

Don't wear a pair of white shorts & top to sit out there until the steward cleans up each day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

a couple of years ago Princess upgraded us for free from an inside cabin to an obstructed deluxe cabin on Deck Emerald (8). We loved having a balcony! No matter how small it might have been. We loved it so much that for our Nov 2019 cruise we booked the same obstructed cabin.

 

IMG_0003.JPG

IMG_0001.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
On ‎3‎/‎21‎/‎2019 at 6:41 AM, releck97 said:

 

We used ours everyday and night on our 12 day British Isles cruise last summer. Very little wind throughout the cruise and a great place for our daily pre-dinner cocktail parties! We had L108 and M108.

We've got a 12-night British Isles booked for next summer.  When I looked at the forward facing balconies, they were listed as obstructed because the balcony could only be used in port.  L101 and L102 are still available.  The picture makes them look great!  I'm not sure I could sell my husband on the very front of the ship though.  And I think I'd be nervous they would tell us we couldn't use the balcony while we were moving.

 

Right now we're in B614.  It looks like it would be ~$80 to move to D407.  Do you guys think that's a change worth making?  I think we'd save money if we moved to the front of the ship.  Should we move there?  There are 3 of us in the cabin.

Edited by jenf22

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
2 hours ago, jenf22 said:

We've got a 12-night British Isles booked for next summer.  When I looked at the forward facing balconies, they were listed as obstructed because the balcony could only be used in port.  L101 and L102 are still available.  The picture makes them look great!  I'm not sure I could sell my husband on the very front of the ship though.  And I think I'd be nervous they would tell us we couldn't use the balcony while we were moving.

 

We were in M103 on a Med cruise and the only reason it was listed as obstructed was because it had steel as opposed to glass at the balcony railing. Also we weren’t restricted to use it only while in port. We used it while the ship was underway as long as the wind didn’t prevent us from being out on the balcony. We loved the cabin and location, wouldn’t hesitate to book it again.

Edited by Jojiboy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Jojiboy said:

 

We were in M103 on a Med cruise and the only reason it was listed as obstructed was because it had steel as opposed to glass at the balcony railing. Also we weren’t restricted to use it only while in port. We used it while the ship was underway as long as the wind didn’t prevent us from being out on the balcony. We loved the cabin and location, wouldn’t hesitate to book it again.

We had E106 & didn't like all the constant walking to go everywhere.

Other than that the balcony was OK. At least you could move around compared to a standard balcony.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 minutes ago, MissP22 said:

We had E106 & didn't like all the constant walking to go everywhere.

Other than that the balcony was OK. At least you could move around compared to a standard balcony.

 

We like to walk so it didn't bother us in the least. Plus, it made us feel less guilty after all the gluttony we participated in during the cruise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Jojiboy said:

 

We were in M103 on a Med cruise and the only reason it was listed as obstructed was because it had steel as opposed to glass at the balcony railing. Also we weren’t restricted to use it only while in port. We used it while the ship was underway as long as the wind didn’t prevent us from being out on the balcony. We loved the cabin and location, wouldn’t hesitate to book it again.

Ah, you're right.  The obstruction is because it's not glass on the bottom part.  This is what it says for those cabins:

" PART OBSTRUCTED VIEWNON-GLASS BALC RAIL BALCONY ACCESS WHEN IN PORT ONLY "

 

I think I'll call my TA and price those couple of rooms.  I've got a casino offer on my room now and have no idea how that made the fare lower or if it's only for certain categories.  Thanks for the help!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, jenf22 said:

Ah, you're right.  The obstruction is because it's not glass on the bottom part.  This is what it says for those cabins:

" PART OBSTRUCTED VIEWNON-GLASS BALC RAIL BALCONY ACCESS WHEN IN PORT ONLY "

 

I think I'll call my TA and price those couple of rooms.  I've got a casino offer on my room now and have no idea how that made the fare lower or if it's only for certain categories.  Thanks for the help!

 

You're welcome. The part of the description where it says, "BALCONY ACCESS WHEN IN PORT ONLY" is puzzling because the balcony slider was never locked. The only thing that prevented us from using the balcony was if it was really windy. Also, you had to keep the balcony light off at night so it wouldn't affect the bridge. Our fondest memory of that cabin was during the sail into Venice, the view from that balcony was spectacular.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here are a couple of pictures. One is of the balcony itself and the other was taken from the balcony while departing Naples.

 

SAM_0290.thumb.JPG.f478070b02537f8bc4ca5f40855875b6.JPGSAM_0287.thumb.JPG.7a4d8e7718062155e5d15a9b505702a6.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/20/2019 at 10:04 AM, Daniel A said:

DW & I usually book mini suites when we sail.  In addition to the postage stamp sized balcony on Regal's minisuites you may find the redesign of the minisuite on the Regal to be a disappointment.  The "hourglass" design of the minis on older ships gave a feel of two separate rooms and we really enjoy the couch and coffee table.  Now, the minis have straight walls and a curtain separating the sitting area from the sleeping area.  The biggest disappointment was the very small balcony.  It felt cramped.  The problem we had with the minis with the larger balconies on the bump outs was that they lack privacy.  They are under the glass bottom Sea Walk and people can (and do) look straight down into the balconies below.

 

We found an alternative to the minisuite if you are interested: the Deluxe Balcony Cabin.  The main difference between the minisuite and the deluxe balcony is that the mini has a full bathtub where the deluxe has a shower stall instead.  There is a 2 person couch in the deluxe rather than a 3 person couch in the mini.  The drawback is the meager balcony size.  (Same size as the minisuite.)  What makes the deluxe a better fit for us is that the deluxe has everything we wanted in a cabin but it is less costly than the minisuite which again, is a disappointment to us anyway.

 

That's my two cents - I hope it gives you an alternative.

I have to disagree about the mini-suites under the Seawalk.  Very few people walk across the Seawalk, especially in the evenings.  If you pay attention to the walkers, most look out at the ocean/sea.  Very few linger to look at the balconies and the further you are from the Seawalk, the less they can see.  I actually found it interesting to sit on my balcony and observe the observers!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/20/2019 at 10:04 AM, Daniel A said:

DW & I usually book mini suites when we sail.  In addition to the postage stamp sized balcony on Regal's minisuites you may find the redesign of the minisuite on the Regal to be a disappointment.  The "hourglass" design of the minis on older ships gave a feel of two separate rooms and we really enjoy the couch and coffee table.  Now, the minis have straight walls and a curtain separating the sitting area from the sleeping area.  The biggest disappointment was the very small balcony.  It felt cramped.  The problem we had with the minis with the larger balconies on the bump outs was that they lack privacy.  They are under the glass bottom Sea Walk and people can (and do) look straight down into the balconies below.

 

We found an alternative to the minisuite if you are interested: the Deluxe Balcony Cabin.  The main difference between the minisuite and the deluxe balcony is that the mini has a full bathtub where the deluxe has a shower stall instead.  There is a 2 person couch in the deluxe rather than a 3 person couch in the mini.  The drawback is the meager balcony size.  (Same size as the minisuite.)  What makes the deluxe a better fit for us is that the deluxe has everything we wanted in a cabin but it is less costly than the minisuite which again, is a disappointment to us anyway.

 

That's my two cents - I hope it gives you an alternative.

We usually go Deluxe Balconly, love them:)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On March 23, 2019 at 12:40 AM, steelers36 said:

Agree.  As an example, we had our typical Inside booking on Regal for this June (Baltic).  Being ever observant of things, I noticed quite a price drop (actually we went through three of these I think from original booking) and we could get an Obstructed Balcony for same or less than the Inside.  Turned out there was a larger balcony available on Emerald and those aren't really obstructed, plus you cannot see into them or into the cabin from the Skywalk zones.  We are also on the Starboard side, so no possible noise from Crooners.  So, we are going to try this area for first time and see what we think.

 

 

On March 23, 2019 at 12:40 AM, steelers36 said:

Agree.  As an example, we had our typical Inside booking on Regal for this June (Baltic).  Being ever observant of things, I noticed quite a price drop (actually we went through three of these I think from original booking) and we could get an Obstructed Balcony for same or less than the Inside.  Turned out there was a larger balcony available on Emerald and those aren't really obstructed, plus you cannot see into them or into the cabin from the Skywalk zones.  We are also on the Starboard side, so no possible noise from Crooners.  So, we are going to try this area for first time and see what we think.

 

 

Can you comment on the type of obstruction on your Emerald deck balcony on the Regal to Baltic. I am wondering if those will be the same on the Sky Princess - E424 obstructed angled balcony. Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On our Royal Princess sailing, we were in a mini suite and the balcony was tiny.

 

We're set for a CC mini-suite on the Enchanted inaugural sailing next july with one of the larger balconies due to the design curve. Hopefully it's a bit more comfortable.

 

The Grand class balconies are massive. We just got off the crown recently and the balcony was extra large.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, DeeTO said:

 

 

Can you comment on the type of obstruction on your Emerald deck balcony on the Regal to Baltic. I am wondering if those will be the same on the Sky Princess - E424 obstructed angled balcony. Thanks

No obstruction from inside room.  No obstruction when sitting balcony and looking out.  No obstruction when at rail and looking out.  If you look aft, you can see the beginning of the lifeboats and tenders in the near distance.  Looking down, you can see the Promenade deck area, but it was generally pretty quiet there as it is outside the shops on starboard side.  Looking forward, again there might have been something small in the distance.  Like many others posting here, we didn't think there was any significant obstruction and most of the time, there is zero impact.  It was great to have space on the balcony even if we did not use it much.  All of Royal, Regal, Majestic, Sky, Enchanted are going to be the same.  I don't see why Sky/Enchanted would be different.  I can attest that Majestic is the same as Regal (we checked that out before sailing on Regal).

 

 

Edited by steelers36

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Steelers36 for that info. From the deck plan it looks like the lifeboats are away from mid section.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • SAIL-AWAY GIVEAWAY - Enter for a chance to win a $3,000 Norwegian Cruise Line Gift Card
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...