weston - Answered a Question by Airey (23 Mar 08 17:01)

These are the balconies on decks 4,5 and 6 on the QM2 (grades B1 to B4). The balcony is the same size as the normal balconies in the A grade cabins, however, they are an opening in the ship's hull, not a glass fronted balcony. Therefore, when you are sat down, you can only see the sky. We had one of these on a Norwegian cruise last year and loved it for being able to stand out there and watch the stunning scenery in privacy, but obviously they are not as good as the A grade glass fronted balconies.

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by Airey (23 Mar 08 16:44)

B4-1 sheltered (in-hull) balcony cabins. (steel railing) Pros: Unlimited view when standing at the balcony. Almost total privacy. You can be naked on the balcony and nobody takes notice. The balcony is wider than B5/6 or A-category cabins. They are located on the lower levels of the ship, presumably allowing for less rolling or pitching. View straight to the sea below. In a transatlantic crossing, nicely protected from the winds. In warm climates, you can have your door open at night and hear the sound of the waves as the ship is moving... Relatively economical in price. Cons: Steel railing. No sea view from bed or when sitting on the balcony chairs: you see only the sky. Limited brightness. Virtually unsuitable for sunbathing.

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channon - replied to Aldrich (24 Mar 09 17:16)

Going in november a3 delux balcony deck 8 any infomation please .

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Airey - replied to channon (02 Apr 09 13:19)

We chose a category B1 on deck 6: a sheltered balcony cabin which was perfect for our transatlantic voyage in June last year. The A category I believe are on higher decks & have slightly smaller, but glass fronted rather than steel fronted balconies (therefore allowing a better view out). We had a fabulous time, I hope you do too.

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LONG - Answered a Question by Airey (24 Mar 08 00:06)

The "raison d'etre" of sheltered balconies is to protect forward cabins on the lower decks from the stormy seas which are inevitably encountered from time to time during transatlantic crossings.

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Windsor - Answered a Question by Airey (24 Mar 08 13:06)

My recommendation for either sheltered balcony or glass balcony would be if you are on a transatlantic crossing a sheltered balcony would be adequate, however having recently booked a cabin on deck 11 for a caribbean cruise we were able to have breakfast on the balcony viewing the spectacular scene of approaching an island. For a voyage with a warm sunny climate the extra for open deck was money well spent.

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