Carnival Spirit: Cabin 7258 aka Balcony Porn

For the first time, I'm not really going to do a trip report. (Well, this is what I'm saying now, but you know I'm wordy.) We went on Carnival Spirit again over winter break, trying to end our cruise blues with the new-to-us port of La Paz and the angel choir excitement of legendary cabin 7258. "Aaaaahhhhh!"

Let's run over the features of 7258 again:

  • Extended-width balcony
  • Triple-length balcony
  • Same price as a regular extended-width balcony (although this may have changed with the new booking system)
  • Did I mention TRIPLE-LENGTH?!
  • Which means loungers on the balcony and the ultimate in chairhogdom?
  • The cabin is not handicapped-accessible, unlike most of the other special balconies, so no worries about possibly having to switch for someone who truly needs the cabin.
  • The cabin only sleeps two, so no worries about possibly having to switch to another cabin so a family of four can be accommodated.
  • Only one neighbour. (The steward's work area is on the other side, and it's silent.)
  • Right next to the elevators to (admiring intake of breath) the fooooood. (But around a corner so no elevator/traffic noise.)
  • And again: EXTENDED TRIPLE-LENGTH BALCONY!

The only way you can do better on a Spirit-class ship is to have a lovely aft wrap, but for many this is a matter of preference. Aft wraps mean more vibration, a view of the wake, and - unless you're on Deck 4 - less privacy when standing at the rail, plus the possibility of ash and trash floating down from people at the back end of the Lido deck.

Some people like the vibration, prefer the panorama of the churning wake, and don't stand at the rail, and just get lucky re: other people's droppings, and some don't. Me, I'd love to do an aft wrap to Alaska, but (having never stayed in an aft wrap), I'd happily do 7258 anytime, especially since it's not the price of a suite.

Here you see that the cabin itself is quite ordinary... unless when you send your husband back to the cabin to drop off your gift shop purchase, you madly run to the Formalities Shop and breathlessly ask if someone can come decorate the cabin for your anniversary ($35) while you're on a whale watching tour:

Carnival Spirit - Cabin 7258 Decorated for Anniversary

(You can arrange this online before you sail, but then the decorations are up at embarkation. I didn't want to be ducking streamers for a week first. Good thing, too, as the centerpiece peeled off and fell down within an hour of us returning.)

Carnival Spirit - Cabin 7258

Carnival Spirit - Cabin 7258 - Before the Second Lounger

We started out with one lounger, but the wonderful Sai brought us another.

Carnival Spirit - Cabin 7258 - After the Second Lounger

Oh yes, there was a lot of reading. Purr.

Carnival Spirit - Cabin 7258 - Kindle and Balcony

Just like last time, the lifeboat view was a non-issue. (You only see them when standing at the rail and looking down. I usually saw nothing but pretty blue ocean from my recliner.)

Carnival Spirit - Cabin 7258 - Lifeboats and Side View

Usually it was nice and shady, but of course that always depends on how the ship is angled to the sun. It was rather toasty in Cabo:

Carnival Spirit - Cabin 7258 - Cabo Rocks from Balcony

No, we weren't the kind of jerks who have the balcony light on when others are trying to enjoy the stars. This was just for a few minutes while Mike worked on a stain on my shirt. (He who scoffed at the Tide stain sticks before we left ended up becoming a master of them.)

Carnival Spirit - Cabin 7258 - Balcony, Leaving Mazatlan

Carnival Spirit - Flashy Mike with Sunset

Carnival Spirit - Mike at Sunset

Sunset After La Paz

Moon on the First Night

Carnival Spirit - Sunset on a Sea Day

7258: The most romantic non-suite cabin on the ship. (Even if your husband won't use the balcony practice all the moves you learned at disco/cha-cha/line dance class that afternoon. There's room! That's okay - plenty of space to twirl on your own, too!)

29 January 2011 |



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