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langley - Answered a Question by cooper (12 Jun 08 20:28)

Hi We have just come back from a island star cruise ; deluxe balcony 1014 on deck 10. It was great - plenty of space, and we were pleased it had a more than generous king size bed, fridge, bath and shower, sofa bed , more storage than you should need. By the way no smoking areas are mapped out in the daily 'chat' newspapers; The 'pub' was quite smokey for non smokers so I guess its ok there , restaurants are no smoking. As far as the food and wine deals - its gone up now; steakhouse is £35, oasis £25.90 , but still good value if you drink wine.

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mcguire - replied to langley (16 Jun 08 10:35)

Hi im a bit noisey is it a bit pricy for balcony cabin in all years ive cruised on island cruises i would like to do one maybe next year my wife might treat us as its my 50 any info would be appreacated ive done golden deck coral and diamond all out side cabins.

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Lamb - Answered a Question by cooper (10 Jun 08 17:18)

You can smoke in designated areas only. The ship is very nice and staff friendly and helpful. Food is good in restaurants, we are not fussed for night time in the pool area restaurant The oasis is worth a visit even though you pay a bit extra for this but service first class and delicious steaks and sweets. When we sailed the transatlantic in November they had a good deal Going £19.00 for a three course with a bottle of wine per couple.Hope to do the same when we sail again in July, this is our third time on the star and 4 times on the Escape.Have not stayed in a balcony suite but have seen in some and they are very nice. No smoking in cabins though. Enjoy your cruise.

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sutton - Answered a Question by cooper (11 Jun 08 08:38)

Designated areas include one side of The Pub and one side of The Bounty Club if you mean indoor areas.I'm a non smoker and these venues can get quite smokey.There may be one or two other places but I didn't notice.

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