Just how private is the 'private balcony' for the grand suite on the vision of the seas? Has anybody been on this ship with this kind of room?
And does anybody have advice on to how to get the people on the next balcony to stop smoking? I am one of those who don't want to ask.
Just how private is the 'private balcony' for the grand suite on the vision of the seas?
And does anybody have advice on to how to get the people on the next balcony to stop smoking?
I don't know how much sunbathing you would get - the balconies are totally covered and the only sun you get is when it is low on your side of the ship. The people next door can easily look over the railing and into your balcony, although it has to be a conscious decision.
Royal Caribbean's smoking rules specifically allow for smoking on the balconies, therefore asking someone next door to stop smoking is - strictly speaking - against the rules.
This photo I took in Skagway shows how shaded the balcony cabins are. The Grand Suites on on the higher level of balconies, just below the arched glass which is the Windjammer buffet. I should note anyone on the port bridge wing (way up forward and hard to see) can look into several balconies.
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Welcome to Cruise-Chat, Cheetosurf! In order for someone to see you, they would have to bend over the railing and around the divider. I was in a grand suite on my last cruise which was a 15 night transatlantic. I didn't smell any cigarette smoke at any time on our balcony. Most of the time you won't have a problem. However, people do have a right to smoke on their balconies.
Thank you very much for your helpful and also good humored advice. Honestly, I was using the term "Nude Sunbathing" for another way of finding out about "Private Balcony Hanky Panky". You have answered my question. In regards to the smoking, I guess I will have to go towards my Passive Aggressive ways and if I am bothered with a smoking passenger next door, I will light up a stinky stogy, or 'accidentally' spill some perfume. Or I can do the nice thing, and just ask them to put it out. It doesn't hurt, even though, it is breaking the rules.
All-in-all, I am just looking forward to a great cruise in a huge room & balcony, with people who look out for the other passengers as well. That's the way things should be.