Combinations of different balcony types on river cruise ships. Usually the ship offers several mixed types of windows. The next ship offers balconies on the top floor, below regular portholes windows. Picture River Aria Here we have french balconies on the rd floor and windows below. Please notice that on the rd floor the second segment to the left is actually no french balcony but just a floor to ceiling window..French Balconies are found on everything from mega cruise ships to smaller river cruise ships. These balconies are not actually balconies at all they are however, floor to ceiling sliding gldoors that open to a railing. If there is a deck it is very narrow, but most times there is just a railing and no platform to step out onto..Comfortable outside staterooms Standard Staterooms, French Balcony Staterooms, Veranda Staterooms, Veranda Suites, Explorer Suites All suites feature two full size rooms with a veranda off the living room a French balcony in the bedroom.It is a balcony that is really just a ledge. You can’t go out on it but the slider has a railing that forms a sort of “balcony feel” You can’t go out on it but the slider has a railing that forms a sort of “balcony feel”.We had the French balcony and loved the view. It was a bit chilly to sit on a balcony, so the sliding door was just right. It was a bit chilly to sit on a balcony, so the sliding door was just right..The French Balcony Staterooms come in two different price points C D depending on their position on the ship. The French Balcony Staterooms C enjoy a better position upper deck and therefore have a slightly higher rate per person than the D category rooms. However, there are also only of these particular French Balcony Staterooms .The term French balcony is advertised as a positive, but I’ll take a real balcony any time., but I will take a French balcony over windows that don’t open or a port hole. The one advantage that I see to a French balcony is that it does not takee away from the cabin, as a real balcony often does. Sorry for venting, but the term grates on me..The French balcony was very nice to see the countryside and wildlife. The bed was comfortable as was the bedding. The bathrooms were equally well appointed with heated mirror and floor. This would easily meet star standards as .On a river cruise, though, the least expensive cabin can be really square feet or lesswith small windows that don’t open. It’s usually worth the several hundred dollars more to get a French balcony. The aforementioned Avalon “Panorama Suite” cabins cost about $ more per person per day than the ship’s lowest category .In Suites, nearly all river cruise lines tend to offer two either a French and a full balcony, or two full balconies in their top of the line accommodations. Viking River Cruises is deserving of notable mention here for the wraparound balconies in its Explorer Suites that enclose the sterns of the Viking Longships..
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