Aft Balcony or Spa Balcony

Hi all,

I'm doing my research like mad for my upcoming cruise in May out of Barcelona.

However, I need opinions on this one.

I currently have a reserved Aft Balcony for our cruise, but I have an opportunity to reserve a Spa Balcony for about US$200 more per person.
I have been thinking about doing some spa time with my fiancé during the cruise, but was looking of opinions of the Mandala Spa and if the full time access to the spa is worth the upgrade.

Thanks in advance for any reviews.

Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic Spa Balcony

7 Answers

Not sure about NCL, but with CCL the spa room included the spa areas (thalassotherapy pool, steam and sauna rooms, relaxation room).

If these are included, and you plan on using them, then the $200 upcharge isn't bad.

If you wouldn't use them that much, perhaps keep the aft balcony and pay for a couple days at the spa -- you may come out ahead.

Much appreciated. I'm researching what services come with the Spa Balcony, but I don't think it includes any of the spa services like a massage, etc. I think it just means you gain access to the spa sauna and hot tubs. If that's the case, I'm thinking the coveted aft-balcony may stay. (If one looks at the stern of the Epic, you'll notice it's flat, not terraced... which means each aft-balcony has a great deal of privacy. Thanks again, Brendan

Probably won't include the services, only the facilities, if NCL is comparable to CCL.

Personally, unless you are hooked on the fancy pools and saunas, I would go for the larger aft balcony.

I think that I'd stick with the aft balcony.

Do the aft balconies on NCL Bliss have chairs or loungers?

I do not have personal experience with aft, but I'm planning a cruise on Epic in March. When asking a coworker that cruises often, she told me the balconies on back do not get any air like the side of the ship. She said it was so hot in the Caribbean that she will never stay on the back of any ship again. A Mediterranean cruise would likely be cooler so I doubt it'd matter, but I'm choosing a side balcony just in case.

If the spa balcony includes the use of the spa it would be well worth it in my opinion. The NCL spas are wonderful and normally would cost a lot more than 200 for a cruise.


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