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What is so special about the Aft balconies?


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OK well as you may remember I posted a couple of days ago that we got one of these with our guarantess and was asking for info on it, well no one had any for our ship but i did luck out and managed to find some picks from the same cabin two doors down online. My question is why are these cabins so special, is it just because of the extended balcony? I have been really trying to see why it is that they are so coveted but cant figure out why, what am i missing, and yes to tell yout he truth i was very excited to get one cuz i wanted the out the back look, in any case just wondering, is there something other than the extended balcony that i am not seeing ont he deck plan?? I admit the ssquare looks a tad bit longer but thats it?????:confused:

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Yeap, that it, the balconies are nice and big, the view off the back of the ship is wonderful, Not much traffic in the halls outside your door, Its just relaxing sitting and watching the wake, you have a wide angle view. The only down fall is that the balconies are not as private, on some ships the dividers are angled so you can see all your neighbors out on their balconies and if you are right below Lido deck, you will problably hear chairs scraping across the floor all day and night.

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We had a cat 11 in the aft on the Pride. We did not like it at all ( I know a lot of people do) We found the cabin itself to be very choppy (floorplan) and the balcony WAY TO HOT in the afternoon...no shade at all. So we stick to the sides of ships now. Just our opinion......

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It's peaceful sitting out on the balcony watching the wake, it's a little larger to get "your positioning" just right :), and the hallways are much quieter back there then in the main aisles.


I also enjoy sunning there for the 1-2 hours that the sun is in the right place for an all over tan! :p

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Yep we sure are right under lido but I saw that as an advantage due to the fact that i love to eat and can get up to the pizeria in now time..lol...can the people on lido lok down onto your balcony?? Just as I figured I guess they are sought after just cuz of the balcony like i thought, and yes the pics i saw make it not that private but only if people are trying to lok in either direction we are smack in the middle hopefully we wont get any nosy neighbors..lol..thats just annoying!

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The Lido windows are angled the opposite direction of your balcony and you'd have to be pressing yourself in an awkward position to even attempt to see below into the balconies. We tried it just in case! Didn't want any internet video's of our performances ya know :)


Also, we never had privacy issues with either neighbor as the extra slants are along the portion of the balcony where it might be a little difficult to stand as well. It's slanted towards the cabin instead of straight up and down.


Hopefully, that makes sense without a visual....

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We got really luck once and upgraded (paid 50.00 each) from an OV to A balcony...we lucked out and got a balcony on the stern of the Victory.


The cool thing is there are only like 16 cabins at the end of the ship. When you are on the side everywhere you looks you see more balconies....rows and rows..but on the very back...you only see the SEA.


My favorite view is aft, usually from the ADULTS only Hot tubs at the stern on the lido. BUT....I loved the view from the rear balcony...




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Thanks for the pics, derf. It is my understanding that on the aft balconies you do have privacy if you are not out against the rail because of the overhanging lip from the deck above. So I guess if you have anything to do that you wouldn't want people to see and just cannot go inside then being back closer to the door would work. ;)


An amusing anecdote to this is when my DH and I sailed the Fascination in January. We'd broken the balcony in fairly well one afternoon and didn't realize that anyone was on the balcony next door until we heard movement :eek: We just looked at each other and first shrugged and then laughed like heck. So, note to self, be mindful that your neighbors may in fact be out on their balcony being vewy, vewy quiet. Ya know, what are you gonna do in a situation like that????? :D

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