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Old 07-30-2004, 04:53 PM
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When I called to book a Deluxe Suite on the Oosterdam for Western Carribean in December, the TA suggested one of the two at the end of the ship that has approximately 4 times the balcony room (486.9 sq ft vs. 116.9) Has anyone had experience with this location?

My husband's first concern was motion but the TA says at that height it's all about the same. Hubby's second concern was diesel smell, etc. TA said he had booked many people there and never had complaints about either.

Any comments appreciated.
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When I called to book a Deluxe Suite on the Oosterdam for Western Carribean in December, the TA suggested one of the two at the end of the ship that has approximately 4 times the balcony room (486.9 sq ft vs. 116.9) Has anyone had experience with this location?

My husband's first concern was motion but the TA says at that height it's all about the same. Hubby's second concern was diesel smell, etc. TA said he had booked many people there and never had complaints about either.

Any comments appreciated.
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Old 07-30-2004, 06:30 PM
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Judy, no personal experience, but some friends of mine have several times booked balcony suites at the stern on other cruise lines (RCCL and/or NCL, to my knowledge) and loved them. I don't think they had any complaints about diesel smell, etc. Many cruise ships have designed their stacks to diffuse the exhaust in a direction that minimizes impact on the passengers. And it's true that many of these suites do have larger balconies. Be sure to ask your TA if any space inside the cabin has been compromised for the extra balcony room, however.
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Actually I did ask if space had been compromised in the cabin, but it seems that the small amount of space taken out is all across the area that fronts on the deck and everything is very slightly compressed within the cabin. The amount taken out of the cabin was very small compared to the extra amount of space in the deck. Balcony suites in other parts of the ship have 395 sq. ft. and this one has 315 sq. ft.

Since I actually feel we'll spend more time on the balcony than inside, except for sleeping and getting ready to go out, I don't think it will be that much of a problem. The double vanities and the separate shower and tub were maintained and the bed is king size.
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