Cabins with balconies are often one of the most popular accommodations in cruise ships. But passengers will have to be careful on their balcony.
A guest asked on Reddit, “This is my first balcony cruise, so do you have any balcony tips? Can you dry your swimsuits there?”
An experienced passenger said: “When drying clothes on the balcony, keep in mind that when it’s damp outside, wet clothes don’t dry particularly quickly.
“Still faster than in, but not seen as fast. And if the wind or the seas are rough, don’t you dare.
“I’ve never lost a suit overboard, but I was running out to bring it in when I saw it waving off the back of a chair like it was a flag.”
Cruise balconies are often very windy when the ship is at sea and clothes can easily be blown off.
Another guest added: “Honestly I wouldn’t leave anything on the balcony unless you’re out and about with it.
“While you’re in port it might be okay and otherwise it might be, but you could also lose the item.”
Even when the wind is not blowing, guests may find their belongings getting wet due to a procedure that takes place on some ships.
One guest said: “If you plan on drying clothes on the balcony, keep in mind that during the day the cruise cleans the outside of the ship at the quayside with some kind of powerful engine.
“I’ve been relaxing in the cabin and suddenly heard a low rumbling noise and saw some kind of device spinning by spraying water!”
Cruise companies can clean the ship while it’s docked and passengers can see their drying items soaked.
But if passengers still want to dry their clothes on the balcony, the guests did share a top cruise tip.
Another guest shared his own tip for balcony cabin passengers, saying, “Be careful opening and closing the hallway door if your balcony door is open.
“There is a large pressure difference, which means that there is a lot of draft through your cabin. It can slam the hall door and blow things off the tables.
“If you’re traveling with kids, be extra careful with that door.”
Passengers are unlikely to be popular with their fellow guests if they keep slamming their cabin doors.