Cruise Ship Cabin Size sqft Ranges

So we all know when the cabins are all labeled "Balcony cabins are approximately 300sqft" and when you call the cruise line (as the website advises if you want to know more about cabin size) the rep will SWEAR to you that all balcony cabins are exactly 300sqft. Is there a website or other way to get cabin-specific info on the actual size of the room or your just left with approximately 300sqft? (if you do some digging you can get it to a range, say 280-364sqft)

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Thanks for that KENN...as usual, the devil is in the details. As long as nobody mentions feet/inches, or l x w= sq area, then anything about size is almost meaningless...I hunt...thought I could estimate distance pretty well...till I got a serious rangefinder for XMAS one year...boy did I learn..anything except real measurements is pure guesswork..BTW...saw a show on TV about ABANDONED stuff....did a piece on a certain bridge up your way, built around the turn of the century...to service a certain copper mine...had pics of that too...used it for RR's to haul copper, till the mine ran out, I guess in the 30's..then turned it into a car bridge...then the earthquake..couldn't decide what to do with it, so there it sits...rusting and abandoned...that show is one of the few I pay real attention to.....interesting stuff....I know YOU know exactly what/where....

Yankee---You are just going to have to pay us a visit. The railroad you are referencing was the Copper River and Northwestern Railway. The railroad and the Kennecott Mines (Richest copper mines the world has ever seen, and likely ever will.) They all closed in November of 1938. At the time my parents were living in a place called McCarthy about 4.5 miles south of the Kennecott mill site. The railroad was just shy of 200 miles long. Its seaport was at Cordova, all the towns along the railroad except Cordova became ghost towns. My folks moved to Cordova, if the mines hadn't closed I would have been born at Kennecott.

There were seven steel bridges on the route, all various style truss designs. Only two exist today and are used as highway bridges. The road to the most famous of the Bridges, Million Dollar Bridge, at Mile 49 is still functional today (almost). The only other portion of the road used is the 60 miles from Chitina to Kennecott. Here is a link to some railroad history, mostly correct, although there are a few errors. I'm including two or three pictures of the bridges as they look today, Three of the four spans of the Million Dollar Bridge with Childs Glacier west and downriver of it and the one over the Kuskulana Gorge. The pictures of the Kuskulana are ones my kids took when returning after visiting me about 40 miles to the east.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_River_and_Northwestern_Railway

Well now...called wife over to see the pics and story...she got carried away...went and clicked on your NIC and read some of the history and past cruises...shes packing as I type...claims she's leaving me for someone who can cruise more...I didn't have the heart to tell her you really escaped from a monastery. hehehehe

Like others, I do not have actual footage numbers but when we were on the Carnival Vista in April we had a spa balcony on the 14th floor. When we entered we immediately noticed it felt a little smaller than the regular ones we've had on the Breeze. We didn't pay it much attention until the next morning when I was out early and so was the guests directly below us. Look how much further his balcony goes out than ours! I wasn't even leaning over! Just a straight shot down. However, websites and forums say that all are the same.

Side note, I only took this picture to get the points on our photo scavenger hunt for "man with a hairy chest" Happy

Excellent point ANNA...and Im not sure how you might've known that from looking at deck plans...or if it might've mattered considering you wanted a "spa balcony" to begin with. Even without actually measuring (which even I admit is a bit anal), the rest is best guess and eyeballs.

BTW, I gave you a "like", but hairy chests don't do a thing for me hehehehe

We have never cruised on the Dawn, Sea or Sun Princess ships. Sometime back, during a discussion regarding balconies, someone posted this picture of one of their balconies. This type balcony is simply a cut out piece of the side of the ship's hull, which would normally be the cabin wall with a picture window there instead.

Balconies come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, locations and conveniences.

Some balconies are much more private than others. Sometimes the partitions between balconies are more porous than solid. What to really watch out for are balconies that are set out from the ship allowing balcony occupants above to peer down upon you. Like your "hairy man" shot posted here. One time I counted something like 17 balconies I could look into from our railing. No au naturel relaxing for them and no peeing off the balcony for me.

Actually, I prefer a balcony where standing at railing I look straight down at the sea. If I have to put up with someone looking down upon my balcony then I can live with that.

I like balcony railings that are horizontal Iron rods, like in the old days, with the top rail of teak. That way I can sit on the balcony and receive a pretty good uninterrupted view of the sea. I don't care for the no railing types where they use Plexiglas or solid metal. Usually you can't see much out of those without standing at the rail, forget sitting and watching the flying fishes play. Plexiglas, when new is okay, but usually it is clouded due U.Vs, or covered with salt spray making looking through it impractical.

They say the average balcony size on the new vessels are about 9' by 6' or around 55 sq. ft. Those are okay. Some are much smaller and some much larger. Some balconies are so squished it is a joke to even call them a balcony. I like a balcony to be about 5' by 15'. We have had balconies over 200 sq. feet. If you have a mini-suite or a full suite your balcony size is commensurate with the additional size of cabin, usually. One good one was on the Royal Princess, at mid-ship, we had a fairly long balcony that angled outward on a portion of it allowing views forward and aft when seated.

KENN...dyou have any idea what ship/cruiseline that was? I would assume (yeh yeh I know) the fare for that cabin was at the "balcony" rate. This just proves the point that you never really "know", unless some kind soul posts an actual picture..TA's, cruise reps, et al, really don't know, or don't care. If I KNEW that's what my balcony looked like, mebbe I wouldn't care...or worse, I'd think they were ALL that way..you cant even turn the chairs facing the sea..

And that balcony you describe as being "angled outward" is what we commonly call a bump out...and yes its spectacular, and one of the reasons we tempt fate and book cruises so far in advance.

You can access bunches of em by merely GOOGLING the name of your ship with your cabin number...with a lil luck, you could get pics, or even vids of it...Only 13,245 peeps have stayed in it b4!

That could be one of the Cove balconies on some of the newer Carnival ships. They are usually on deck 2, so you are about as close to the water as possible. Evidently, the chairs are often wet from the sea spray and almost always covered with salt, so sitting on them is not even a good idea. We have actually been in one, so I can't be sure.

I'm not sure which ship. Probably the Caribbean Princess. Berlitz has a picture of the Ruby Princess looking down on dozens of balconies in order to illustrate the set back problem. We haven't been on the Ruby but on the Caribbean Princess and the Coral Princess. Here are two pictures of balconies on those. The one of the Coral I took looking up at those who could look down on me.

The "bump out" cabin was on the Royal Princess. Not pictured.

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