So You'd Like A Balcony Stateroom, Would You?

World's Largest Cruise Ship Arrives In U.S. For First TimeOur previous post was about cruise-ship balconies. Something we didn't mention is that on cruise ships there are balconies…and there are balconies. Not one size fits all.

There are cove balconies, aft balconies, corner aft balconies, inward balconies, penthouse balconies…

The balcony staterooms most of us are accustomed to generally cost between $800 and $1,000 a week (per person), depending on the line, the ship and the time of year. There is, however, a whole world of options out there, some for less and most for more.

The cheapest (okay, least expensive) is the "cove balcony." It's built into the ship, on the lowest deck (usually Deck 2), and rumor has it you'll only find it on the Carnival Dream, Magic and Breeze. As a rule of thumb, you'll pay a little less than the higher regular balconies.

Available on most ships is the "aft balcony." It's at the back (duh, aft) and might cost $100 or so more than the regular balcony. This is not to be confused with the "corner aft" balcony, which has an L-shaped balcony and might more than double the cost of image014 copyyour cruise. And this is not to be confused with the "penthouse balcony." They're on the outside of large apartments that include extras like private hot tubs, private bars, extra beds and bathrooms and and a pricey tag that mitt be like taking 10 cruises in a normal balcony stateroom.

And if you're not hung up on seeing the sea and inhaling the fresh air, "inward balconies" that overlook the heart of the ship will save you a few dollars…usually on Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class ships.

As you might expect, each type has its fans and its detractors.

Well, okay, maybe not the penthouses…

Today at Phil Reimer's portsandbows.com: Riding the river from Budapest to Amsterdam

Celebrity Constellation
12 nights
July 20, 2014
Amsterdam (return): BerlinTallinnSt. PetersburgHelsinkiStockholmCopenhagen
Oceanview: $1,499
Cost per day: $124
www.celebritycruises.com

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