Hoping some of you more experienced cruisers can give me some advise. I just recently booked a cruise for my husband and myself as a surprise for his 40th birthday. I booked an outside cabin on the 7th deck that faces the front of the boat. I am concerned that this room faces the front and is right off of the deck. Will people be walking past our room a lot? The Carnival agent assured me that being in the front of the boat wouldn't be an issue as far as sea sickness is concerned because this boat had stabilizers in the front. Is that true? Am I going to feel like I got a good deal on an outside cabin or am I going to hate myself for not spending the extra money for a balcony?
I know the cabins you are talking about. You shouldn't have too many people walking past because the only way out there is through doors on each side in what will be your hallway. Most people don't even know about them to be honest. On our last cruise we went out there a few times (mostly while docking) and we were the only ones out there (we were on deck 6 though). So I guess you could consider it a private balcony area but without in-cabin access...
I guess you should keep your drapes closed though unless you want the light to come in as someone could walk by at any time and while its not easy to look in, it can be done. I think they also ask you to keep the drapes closed at night to keep the front of the ship dark to make it easier for the bridge crew to navigate at night.
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Yep, I know where those cabins are too. I went out there on the Glory to take pictures. As Jim said most people don't know the area is there, and I've rarely seen people out there. Under normal sea conditions the cabin shouldn't have any more movement than any other.
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Don't go giving away all of the secret getaway spots, Jim!! Seriously, you will enjoy your cabin. It is not as easy as you may think to see into your cabin. Yes, it can be done but it would take a little voyeuristic effort. Keep the curtains closed when you want absolute privacy and you will be fine.
As vietvet mentioned, the forward looking cabins have a very heavy tint on the windows like a 2 way mirror. During the daytime you would not be able to see in the room. At night time you would be able to see in, so close the blinds when you have the lights on.
Quote..."The Carnival agent assured me that being in the front of the boat wouldn't be an issue as far as sea sickness is concerned because this boat had stabilizers in the front."
I wonder if that agent has ever been on ship before. Stabilizers are used to help alleviate listing (side to side movement). If a ship is porpoising, (a rising and falling motion as the ship is moving forward), you will feel the motion more forward or aft of the ship; the center will be a little more stable. At least that's what I've been told.