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!
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.
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.
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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.