Coral and Island Princess Balconies

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Background:  On most Princess Cruises ships there is a design that results in some balconies being uncovered and others covered, and various shades in-between as well.  This is because some decks have a pyramid style of construction.


Issue:  The uncovered balconies are less private in that people on above decks can look down on them.  The uncovered decks have more sun, but no protection from rain. 

Also, there is a secondary issue on these two ships.  There are a few balconies that lack privacy from others to the side.  See that discussion, with photos, on the last page (Bump Out Corners) of this site.


Recommendation:  These are beautiful ships and you will have a wonderful cruise no matter what cabin you choose.   But, it always good to know ahead of time what to expect.  What kind of balcony should you choose?   As in all the other factors in choosing a cabin, it is a matter of personal choice.  Some people don’t care if others can see them, and for the most part, others above avoid looking down on their fellow passengers.  But, most people prefer the privacy of covered balconies.  If you are on an itinerary where there will probably be rain, a covered balcony is advantageous.  Many people believe that the partially covered balconies offer the best of both worlds.

Remember, this is only one factor in choosing a cabin, and there may be others that are much more important to you.  For example, many of the uncovered balconies are mini-suites, that not only are much bigger, but have a much larger balcony as well. 


The Problem:  Princess does not make information on whether a balcony is covered or not easily available.  This leaves passengers and travel agents on their own, trying to find out this information. 

On most Princess ships it is easy to determine whether a balcony is covered or not.  On most ships all balconies on a single deck are the same.  On these ships, you simply need to know what deck you are on to know whether it is covered or uncovered.  Most ships follow this plan:  Aloha, Baja, Emerald decks are covered; Dolphin deck uncovered; Caribe deck partially covered.

But the Coral Princess and Island Princess twin ships are much more confusing in determining the balcony coverage question. This is due to the unique design of having several “bumped out” sections on the same deck.  On the above photo, you can see that there are three bumped out sections.  The front and rear of the ship is bumped out, and there is a small bumped out section in the middle.  In between these bumped out sections are two recessed sections.

Because of the confusion, I have created these illustrations of the deck plans for the Coral-Island Princess ships, showing each room and whether the balconies are covered or not.


About Me: 

Who am I?:    My name is Tom.   If you use the Cruise Critic Message Boards you will know me as Tom O.  Professionally,  I am a librarian.


Do I have extensive experience in the cruise industry?: No.  I am just another passenger.   What’s more, I have not been on nearly as many cruises as many others have.


So, how am I qualified to give cruising advice?:  I am not providing any advice.  I am just providing information in a simple graphic manner.  I have also included some comments and concerns that have been related to me by other passengers.


How did I create these deck plans?:  To create these illustrations, I used deck plans available on the internet.  I then made a color key, and changed the color of each balcony to match the key.  The color of the actual room is unchanged, and reflect Princess’s room designation system.  My revised version of these deck plans should only be used for determining the location and whether the balcony is covered or not.

I used many photos to determine the coverage for balconies.  I have included some of these photos after the deck plans to show some particularly tricky areas.


Please feel free to contact me at the link on the bottom of this page if you have any questions or suggestions. 


Disclaimer:  I did many hours of research to create these illustrations, and I am sure the information is correct, but I will have to say for legal purposes:  Use at you own risk.