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llev80 11-01-2010 07:53 PM

Does anyone who has sailed the dream in a cove balcomy have some feedback? Pros/Cons? Can you see out over the side of the ship when your sitting down? Are they too dark b/c of the life boats? Any feed back would be greatly appreciated. I'm planning on booking the 2/12 sailing. Thanks!

Dwayne 11-02-2010 04:32 PM

I think BillyBuzzy had a Cove Balcony on the Dream. Hopefully he will see this.

f-mattox 11-02-2010 04:56 PM

Maybe I'm not being fair to Carnival, but "Cave Balcony" seems like a more descriptive name:

llev80 11-02-2010 08:05 PM

Thanks for the picture f-mattox! I think I'll stick with a standard balcony. Have to say, it's too bad the Dream's lifeboats are positioned like that. Kinda ruins some of the traditional benefits of a balcony. ie. sunlight!

On another note, probably appropriate for another thread - if the 4000 plus passengers had to get to those life boats quickly, seems like it would be almost impossible. I don't know what the stats are, but seeing most cabins are located above the life boats, that's a lot of people going down the same staircases at the same time. Lets just hope we never have to test the engineers design.

Jim C. 11-03-2010 07:41 AM


People tend to think that a ship sinks quickly. In reality it would take several hours for a ship that size to sink (if at all) even with a large hole in the hull. They are designed to have multiple compartments that are sealed from each other so that if one fills with water the others won't and will keep the ship afloat. The muster drill that each cruise has before sailing is exactly what a real emergency would look like. Everyone gets to their emergency station (without using the elevators) without a problem on each drill in no more than 15 mins or so. You don't have to worry about getting everyone into lifeboats...

As for the cove vs "real" balcony, you are correct. If you want the sun then a true balcony cabin is better. However, for those that want to be close to water to minimize movement to prevent sea sickness, they are a nice compromise. In my opinion they are just a method for Carnival to be able to charge more for cabins that would otherwise could only be ocean view cabins.

f-mattox 11-03-2010 11:45 AM


In my opinion they are just a method for Carnival to be able to charge more for cabins that would otherwise could only be ocean view cabins.
And a very wise move it was on Carnival's part; without those "holes" in the side those would be obstructed oceanviews.

Dwayne 11-04-2010 08:33 PM

The Cove Balconies do offer some closer to the water line views though for those that like that. They have doors that can be closed for rough sea conditions they are so close.

Zydecocruiser 12-11-2010 12:21 PM

We loved our cove balcony on Carnival Dream and have one booked for a b2b Med cruise on Carnival Magic!

Here are some pictures:

From the Cove balconies, you can look directly down into water, from the standard balconies, if you look down, you see the Promenade Deck.

The Cove Balconies are also quieter - nobody with a balcony above or below you and less chance of someone's smoke infiltrating your space.

LHP 12-12-2010 01:21 PM

We have a cove balcony booked for Nov 14th on the Magic.

We usually get a Spa cabin since those (and the balconies) are nonsmoking (and I LOVE the Spa)...but just had to try one of these coves.

We got the most forward one so we don't have to worry about smoke drifting from a forward cabin.


papa60 12-22-2010 05:42 PM

We have a cove balcony booked on the Dream in February. I have read many positive reviews and some not so positive. I viewed several videos on youtube and it really looked awesome! You can really see the speed of the ship from that view. I will let you know what I think about it after the cruise. I'm sure it will be wonderful.

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