Booked this well in advance and decided to upgrade to a balcony premium room as also taking teenager with us. Given the reviews of Magica and Costa (read them after booking...) I was concerned that we may regret choosing this - but the itinery was fab and we have been on a couple of cruises before in eastern med with Royal Caribbean - so checked re package and location of cabin carefully - got a single bed sofa sorted rather than bunk bed - and chose Deck 9 as close to bars/buffet/pool etc.
We had a fantastic week - and this is why I am writing the review (given the majority of very negative ones!) - as we really rated the following:
- the dining room/food ! we were seated at an English speaking table and we had a laugh from the off. Hello Steve and Trish and John and Bev if you are reading this!
Spacious - 3 of us staying - 18 year old had the sofa bed which remained made up all week and did not reduce the space available for all of us. Loads of storage space - 3 big wardrobes and stored cases under very large comfortable double bed.
Shower/bathroom all fine.
Very clean and housekeeping very good all week.
Beach towels supplied in room. Towels refreshed as required.
Little bit noisy with door slamming but no engine noise as deck 9!
Great as very close to pool bar/buffet/lifts and we preferred this to being out of the way on lower decks.