I am thinking about booking an obstructed view - I like the idea of being able to get some fresh air in the room, but probably won't spend a lot of time on the balcony. Is the view really bad or just okay? Thanks for your opinions.
Van Beach.....I believe the Obstructed Balcony Cabins on the CCL Miracle are "French Balcony" Cabins.This cabin design offers a double door opening out to a tiny ledge with a railing!! The Cabin is large but it is not a true balcony.
Not sure if we're talking about the same thing, but I stayed in an obstructed room in Miracle in 2007. It had windowed doors that opened just a crack; they were blocked by a glass panel and there also were metal pillars and lifeboats in the vicinity. You couldn't go outside or anything, but I didn't care. I typically book oceanview obstructed because I like having light and being able to see what's going on outside, but I also like to save money. If I can find a pic from that cruise, I'll post it. The room was great, by the way. I'd recommend it if all you're really looking for is being a step above an interior room and being able to see outside.
Booked on Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2012 (Cozumel, Costa Rica, Panama)
NCL Gem, Sept. 2011
NCL Jewel, Feb. 2011
NCL Dawn, Sept. 2010
NCL Spirit, Feb. 2010
NCL Gem, March 2009
RCCL Explorer of the Seas, Feb. 2008
Carnival Miracle, May 2007
Carnival Conquest, April 2006
Caribbean Princess, Feb. 2005
CruiseDad.....Apparently You enjoyed an obstructed balcony on Empress Deck (5) which has a full balcony. There are obstructed view "French Balcony" Cabins below Empress Deck on Upper Deck (4) which have only double Doors opening immediately to a taffrail.
The Carnival Spirit, Miracle and Legend offer these types of Cabins.