Originally posted by f-mattox:
CruiseDad, I think what you are referring to is the Catagory 7A "Navigator Verandah." They are near the aft on decks 5, 6 and 7. It is a balcony that is enclosed in steel except for a very large circle that looks like a really big porthole but is "open air." When looking at the ship from a distance it looks very nice esthetically, but from the balcony it seems more like an "obstructed view."
Is there a class that is more comparable to the kind of balcony on Carnival with just a railing about 4 ft high. From the pictures of the MAGIC it looks like mid ships have more what I'm thinking of. I don't think I'd like the Navigator Veranda, I agree sound like obstructed view. Perhaps if you have small adventerous children that is a benefit or even a safety thing. But my wife and I are old enough not to fall off a cruise ship.