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goin' cruisin' 03-23-2007 10:42 PM

I saw a picture today of a 10th deck aft balcony on Explorer, and looking down, it didn't look so great. Any comments?

Sonny V 03-24-2007 07:01 AM

Hard to comment when we can see the picture you're talking about. The aft balcony on "Voyager" class ships have a steel beam that wraps around the stearn of the ship. That is why I will always book a corner aft cabin. The view is better. The "Radiance" class ships don't have the steel support ring.


Chef Ken 03-24-2007 07:06 PM


Originally posted by goin' cruisin':
I saw a picture today of a 10th deck aft balcony on Explorer, and looking down, it didn't look so great. Any comments?
Second guessing your decision? It'll be great, weeeeeehaaahaha. Sorry, the giddy is contagious.

BTW: Wild 3
Kinks 1

Fam4 03-24-2007 07:15 PM

We were on 8th floor aft on Mariner. I would explain it like looking through a football helmet. You look down on the balcony below. You can also see the crew break area. The nice thing about aft is you can see both sides and where you've been, but I would do like Sonny and go with corner.

goin' cruisin' 03-24-2007 11:15 PM

Just a little second guessing, but no question that we will be enjoying immensely. My giddy monitor is off the charts!

Welcome Fam4, and thanks for "visual" insight on our cabin. We're dead middle-aft.

Chef Ken 03-25-2007 09:39 AM

Hey cruisin' (not to be mistaken for "Chief")

Have you checked this site for views and pictures of your ship?

goin' cruisin' 03-25-2007 08:56 PM

Thanks, Cheffy; hadn't seen those pictures. It's enough to make one get silly in giddiness. I can honestly say, the anticipation I experience before the cruise is not as good as the cruise itself. All too often, the vacation does not meet the loftly levels of one's anticipation. Not so on a cruise.

SailorJack 03-26-2007 10:41 AM

I think I have just become aware of another danger with balconies - whether it be aft or corner.

According to reports today on the various news channels, two people fell 50 feet from their balcony on the Grand Princess at 1:30AM.

The two were rescued about four and a half hours later. While nothing was said about the lady in qustion, Fox News quoted a passenger as saying the man was pulled from the water, uh, sans clothing.

I wonder what was occuring on the balcony at 1:30? I am wondering this simply as an educational preventive measure so that I can avoid a potentially similar problem on my upcoming cruise.

goin' cruisin' 03-26-2007 02:32 PM

Instead of my standard response, get a room, to people who are overly amorous in public, I might need to modify that for cruisers...USE a cabin!

SailorJack 03-26-2007 02:39 PM

Goin,cruisin, I have heard of falling for some one, but this one was a little extreme. Get a room, or your variation, would appear to be appropriate.

There was some speculation that perhaps prodigious amounts of alcohol was involved, but I don't think they could have floated or treaded water for four hours if that was the case. They had to be in pretty good shape.

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