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Old 08-17-2009, 10:52 AM
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I saw this question posted but never could find an answer:
We are interested in the Royal Family Suite on the Independence ots. Question: It appears that there is an obstruction/roof of some type over the balcony. Is this correct? Has anyone stayed in the RFS? What did you think? We are traveling with our 20 year old daughter and 18 year old son next July (for 2 weeks)on Independence. We have never cruised with RCL before...only on smaller ships (eg Oceania Lines, World Explorer...).
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:22 AM
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Welcome to cruise-chat.

There is a lot of structural steel aft of the rear balcony cabins. Sonny no doubt has some great photos of it. I'm sure he'll post a link to them. These are not balconies for getting a suntan. They are well-shaded. Also note that the Royal Family Suites may have a minimum number of guests requirement. This could depend on the cruise. It'll hold 8 people so RCI is motivated to sell the cabin to as large a group as possible.

Here is a photo I took on the Mariner. The Indy has essentially the same array.

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Old 08-17-2009, 01:05 PM
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Thanks Dave. Shade is great, I just didn't know if it ruined the view. At this point, we may just go for two cabins....one balcony (for the adults) and one inside (or promenade) for our kids.
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:27 PM
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Hell Kely, welcome to Cruise Chat! I don't think you would like the aft balcony on a Freedom Class Ship. Dave's picture tells it all. Your choice of a balcony for the adults and another for the kids is a wise choice. You could even get connecting balcony cabins if you wish.



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Thank you so much for your input. I think that you and Dave are definitely right. The aft balcony is not for us. As much as we would LOVE two balcony rooms, it doesn't seem worth the price. So we think that a balcony and a promenade room (that way the young folks can see all the goings on!) would be best.
Any suggestions on particular cabins to stay away from?
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The two rooms is a great idea! We did that when we cruised around the Hawaiian islands. My hubby and I had a balcony and the kids had an inside room. We cruised on NCL. It was great for the kids because they were very rarely in their room, and we enjoyed the balcony immensely. We are doing the same scenario on our Christmas cruise on VOS, kids in a promenade and us in a balcony room!
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Thanks! We've pretty much decided that two rooms (especially with both kids being older - 18 and 20) is the way to go. We are looking at deck 8.
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We've pretty much decided that two rooms
You'll be glad you did, from both privacy and monetary points of view.
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You'll enjoy people watching from your kids Promenade window - and watching the parades are really enjoyable.




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HOW FUN!!!! Thanks so much for posting the pics. You guys have definitely convinced me. We are signed up for a balcony and a promenade on deck 8. Thanks for making it an easy decision.
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