The Cabin: The Sweet Sixteen
The Ships: Celebrity Summit, Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Constellation
Old salts and Celebrity loyalists know about the "Sweet Sixteen, " eight port and eight starboard balcony cabins found on the line's Millennium-class quartet. Though the balconies are much larger than the average, the Sweet Sixteen are priced as Category 2C cabins - the cheapest balconied accommodations on the ship. Just don't use the nickname when booking. "If you call Celebrity, or most TA's, they won't have a clue what you are talking about, " writes Lsimon, who created the graphic.
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The Cabin: The Twin
The Ship: AmaBella, AmaVerde, AmaCerto
Europe-based riverboats are built long, sleek and low-slung, designed out of the necessity to squeeze under stout medieval bridges and through narrow canal locks. Thus, they typically don't feature full-sized balconies, opting instead for French balconies - basically a glass door that opens to a railing. There are some exceptions. APT and AmaWaterways recently introduced the "Twin Balcony, " which couples a French balcony with a demi-version of the real thing. Viking's newest boats, the Longships, feature a similar offering.
The Cabin: The Cove
The Ship: Carnival Dream, Carnival Magic
Introduced on Carnival Dream, the Coves (Main Deck, category 7C) feature semi-enclosed balconies situated some 25 feet from the waterline. "There's something about being that close to the water that is just so mesmerizing and calming at the same time, " writes Cove aficionado aggiesastrosfan. "I think it really makes you feel like you're out on the open water vs. viewing the water from up high." Credit saltybones with capturing that sentiment.
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The Cabin: The Exposed
The Ship: Princess' Grand-class ships, which include Crown Princess, Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess and six others
Princess' Grand-class ships are known for their large number of mini-suites (category AA, AB, AC and AE), basically glorified balcony cabins with some bonus indoor and outdoor space. But the Dolphin Deck minis add something else. Because part of the ship's superstructure is "stepped, " the cabins on this deck are exposed to the sky and the prying eyes of fellow passengers above. A Cruise Critic reader staying in one had an interesting solution: She brought a beach umbrella.