What is a Cove Balcony?
On a Carnival ship, a cove balcony is a balcony that’s built into the hull of the ship. It’s the lowest balcony on the ship, and is enclosed by a solid steel panel.
Cove balconies can be found on either deck 2, or deck 5 depending on the ship. The following ships have a cove balcony:
Cove Balcony vs Regular Balcony
The biggest difference between the 2 balcony types is that a cove is enclosed by steel and has a smaller opening than a regular balcony. It also has more solid walls between you and your neighbor.
A cove balcony is much more private than a regular balcony. With a regular balcony, your neighbors can look over into your balcony, other cruise passengers can look up onto your balcony depending on where you’re located, or down into your balcony. With a cove balcony being enclosed, this eliminates that possibility. Also there are no balconies or public walkways below you so nobody can look up onto your balcony. There are typically lifeboats over top of the cove balconies, eliminating any way for people to look down into your balcony.
Being that the cove balcony is partially enclosed and has a lifeboat over top, this provides much more shade than a regular balcony. This allows you to sit out on your balcony and enjoy it without baking in the sun. If you prefer to be in the direct sun all day, then a cove balcony may not be for you.
Despite being enclosed partially, a cove balcony is quite a bit larger than a regular balcony. A cove balcony is 45ft² where a regular balcony is 35ft². That’s 28% larger than a regular balcony so it gives you more space to enjoy.
With a regular balcony, depending on where you are located you may not have the best views. With a regular balcony, when you look down, you see a walking track, a lifeboat, a hot tub, another balcony or a pool. With a cove balcony when you look down, you see water. Depending on the sea, you could see marine life as well. Lots of people have reported seeing dolphins from their cove balconies and flying fish. We’ve seen several sea turtles.
If you are in the very front of the ship, it’s possible your steward could close your cove balcony in rough conditions. I have personally never experienced this since we stay mid-ship, but I have read about it happening. We have sailed through 2 tropical storms and numerous other rough seas conditions in a cove balcony and never once had our door closed. We’ve sat on the cove balcony during a tropical storm before and watched the waves.
As I mentioned, these are the lowest balconies on the ship. This is great if you’re prone to sea sickness because you feel less motion on a cove balcony than anywhere else on decks above. Also when you’re in port, it’s very quick to debark the ship, and very quick to get back to your cabin when you return from port. You’re closer to the gangway than other balconies.