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Old October 4th, 2007, 11:07 PM
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Has anyone had this problem? I want to cruise on Holland in August 2008, but I can't get a balcony room. Holland's Representative told me that I had to book a cruisetour to get a balcony room. Any ideas if the balcony rooms become available later on?
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I've never heard of that. Why not ask a different travel agent and see what they may have??
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Some sailings are that way, others aren't. I just did a search at http://youralaskacruise.com to see which sailings have balconies available - about 1/3 of them do.

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We had the same problem.
We have cruised Princess before and wanted to try HAL out of Vancouver in 2008 and were told the same thing.
We were told HAL saves the balcony staterooms for cruisetour passengers. They were happy for us to book another room and keep us on standby for a balcony. I was talking with HAL not a TA. He did say however, our chances of a balcony was much better if we did not want to book a one way cruise. That did not work for us, and we do not like standby. Too much money not to get what you want. We booked Princess with a balcony.
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Thank you Bandrews!
After being unsuccessful on HAL, I'm now leaning towards RCL.
I just don't want to be on standby.
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You are very welcome. My husband and I are not stand-by people. Too much $ involved not to get what you want.

We have not sailed Alaska with RCCl. We wanted to see Glacier Bay and College Fjord and at the time RCCL did not sail there.

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The problem here is that you are going through the cruise line instead of a TA. We booked a Seattle round-trip,cruise only, for June 08 on HAL. If you go to HAL they will tell you there are NO balcony cabins available on that cruise. The same day my TA gave me a choice of any category balcony I wanted. This has happened to me with RCI, too. I don't know if they reserve a certain number of cabins for TAs or what, but you can almost always get what you want through a TA.
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You booked a round-trip cruise.
We could have had a balcony if we had wanted a round-trip cruise. We wanted a one way cruise from Vancouver to Whittier/Anchorage.
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The one on RCI was one-way and it was the same deal..... no balconies available through the cruise line, but any balcony category I wanted through my TA. From what I read on the boards, dealing with a cruise line directly is always a crapshoot. A good TA will get you what you want/need.
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Just another good reason to book with a travel agent.
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