Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Club Balcony Suites

Norwegian Cruise Line announces Club Balcony Suites. These re-branded mini suites on NCL ships will now come with extra perks and amenities.

NCL Club Balcony Suites

While we all wait out the COVID-19 sailing restrictions, some cruise lines are hard at work thinking through what cruising will look like in the future. This will include not just changes in the way we cruise but also updates to the onboard experience. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has just announced a change to the mini suites onboard their fleet. A mini-suite is an upgrade from a standard balcony stateroom. Every ship in the Norwegian fleet except for Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Spirit & Pride of America currently have mini suites which will now be known as “Club Balcony Suites”.

Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Club Balcony Suites

Mini suites are being re-branded to “Club Balcony Suites” with the first roll out on Norwegian Encore’s August 30, 2020 sailing. The remainder of the fleet will complete the roll out of Club Balcony Suites by the end of November 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Club Balcony Suites

While the physical size of the Club Balcony Suites will naturally remain the same – the big difference comes in the experience that guests will have in this new class of cabin. Guests in a Club Balcony Suite will receive the following new amenities:

  • Pre-booking of specialty restaurants and entertainment 125 days prior to boarding. Think about getting that reservation at Cagney’s Steakhouse followed by a theater show on the exact day and time you desire.
  • Food & Beverage amenities delivered free of charge two times per sailing. Perhaps chocolate covered strawberries or a plate of canapes.
  • A free laundry bag or pressing service once per sailing.
  • One complimentary bottle of sparkling wine delivered to your Club Balcony Suite.
  • Coffee and tea setup in your suite on request.

All Club Balcony Suites are larger than standard balcony staterooms (up to 285 sq. ft) and suitable for 4 guests. As the name suggest every Club Balcony Suites has a beautiful balcony where you can sit and gaze out upon incredible ocean views. In addition, all Club Balcony Suites include a seating area.

Other advantages of a Club Balcony Suite over a standard balcony depends on which ship you are sailing but may include a larger bathroom with twin sinks or a larger shower – always appreciated by cruisers!

Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Club Balcony Suites

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The best news of all? If you have already booked a mini suite for sailing between September and November 2020, you will receive all the amenities of a Club Balcony Suite at no additional cost. Now that is something to look forward to!

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Have you stayed in a mini-suite during a prior cruise? What do you think of the new amenities for Norwegian Cruise Line Club Balcony Suites? Would you opt to book one of these new staterooms because of the added perks?

Norwegian Cruise Line announces Club Balcony Suites

Steven is a travel consultant and founder of ‘Ramble On Travel’, a Cruise Planners travel agency. Steven and Patrica cruise as much as time and money will allow. They love adventure, exploring new ships, destinations and sharing their travel experiences. Cruising for them is both a passion and a business! They love to help both new and experienced cruisers plan their perfect sail-away. Steven can be reached at steven.gauld@cruiseplanners.com
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  1. I think it is a great idea! At the moment mini suites are just a slightly larger version of a balcony cabin.
    I cant wait to start cruising again!

      Precisely the information I was after, wrapped up neat and tidy. All my questions answered. Thank you.

        Thank you for your comment Bella J. Glad we were able to answer your questions. Cruise on (soon we hope).

      Thanks you for your comment. Hopefully we can all get back to sea in the near future.

    When you read that a change is for the customer’s benefit you can be fairly sure it is NOT for the customer’s benefit.
    In this case of the name change means the added cost (Comparing a Balcony to Club Balcony Suite) results in benefits that could easily be purchased for less money.
    The one complimentary bottle of sparkling wine — almost everyone gets this inexpensive bottle for free.
    Coffee and tea setup in your suite on request. In a balcony cabin you can just request this.
    A free laundry bag or pressing service once per sailing. – Given free to Platinum and higher cruisers anyway.
    Pre-booking of specialty restaurants and entertainment 125 days prior to boarding. – You can book specialty restaurants 90 days or 60 days in advance now. Very few shows, mainly on the bigger ships, require reservations. Online booking of restaurants is usually limited as NCL retains 80% of available reservations for booking on the ship.
    Food & Beverage amenities delivered free of charge two times per sailing. Perhaps chocolate covered strawberries or a plate of canapes. How much can two portions of those strawberries cost?

      Nice concept, but they need better incentives on this category such as expedited boarding and free room service delivery or free internet or drink package upgrades. The other incentives aren’t specific to this category and every one gets them or can request them. They need something that will make the increased cabin cost “special”. So far, they’ve missed the mark on the incentives for this category. I can bring my own preferred snacks back to the cabin as needed.