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Old 09-01-2008, 05:28 PM
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We are booked on Freedom of the Seas sailing on 5/10/09 and are booked in room 6288 category E2 with a balcony. I read the no-smoking policy posted on this site. The policy said smoking is permitted on the starboard side, what side of the ship is that? We booked pretty far in advanced and are hoping for a upgrade. Our first cruise on the Diamond Princess to the Mexican Rivera, we had 7 rooms booked side by side, we all had problems with people above us butting their ashes over the edge, and throwing their matches down, landing on the patio deck of our balcony. I should mention the balconies on the Diamond Princess are tiered, it doesn't look like RCI's balconies are tiered. Any comment on my room selection, and the starboard side would be appreciated.
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:51 PM
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Upgrades are a rare thing on Royal Caribbean. They tend to keep you in the cabin you booked.

An easy way to remember the side of the ship: Port is left and both have four letters. Starboard is right. And in both cases it is when you are facing the bow (front) of the ship.
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:04 PM
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If you ever are in a situation where someone is throwing butts, or matches down on your balcony I certainly would report it. The end result could be a very dangerous situation. They always announce during the life boat drill for people not to do that. Some people are totally ignorant though.
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:11 PM
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And another thing - the starboard smoking rule is only for public areas. Smoking is allowed on all balconies regardless of the side of the ship they are on.

It is a shame people can be so ignorant. A fire probably started by a cigarette butt on a balcony caused the fire on the Star Princess a few years ago. This caused a terrible fire that burned away many balconies and caused internal damage. One passenger died from a heart attack due to the stress of the emergency.
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:03 AM
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People seem to forget that where there's smoke, there's fire. Welcome to Cruise-Chat, Lauri Few! You're going to be in AWE when you board the Freedom. The first time I was on the Freedom we were in cabin 6580, which is an E-2 category. Here is a picture of the balcony:




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Old 09-02-2008, 06:56 AM
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Thanks Sonny, I really appreciate the picture. Were you happy with the room, and it's location? Was there any noise from the venues below?
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You are not going to be bothered by any noise. The Freedom is very well sound-proofed. Besides, The lifeboats are below your cabin.
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My room was 6288 on the Freedom back in June. The room is fine & a good location.
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