I have seen several posts wherein people mention a “balcony guarantee” cabin. What exactly does this mean? I’m VERY new to the cruising world (going on my first cruise in July) and my husband and I have booked a balcony cabin (cabin # has been assigned) and the cabin number is on our tickets; however, there is no “guarantee” anywhere on our ticket. Does this mean that our balcony may be given away or that we may not get one since ours is not “guaranteed”?
No, you have done what we usually do, picked a cabin when booking. A Guarantee cabin just means you will definately get a cabin of that grade but they have not told you which one yet, these cabins are usually cheaper. Any other questions just ask, it can be confusing.
A guarantee means that you are guaranteed to bee placed in the category of cabin you booked.
In general, you pay the lowest price they offer for that category and they will upgrade IF they have a better obe available, but the rule of thumb is to never expect anything beetter than what you paid for - because most ships sell out (and we hear people saying that they were told "sorry, the ship is full" whenever they want or need to change cabins all the time).
But many people book guarantees (including me) because the difference between one balcony and the next is minimal (in my opinion).
For example - lots of ships charge more for the exact same cabin layout just because it is on a higher deck. I think this is the epitome of ridiculous - you can't tell what deck you are on when you are inside your cabin.
The difference between a balcony on deck 6 and deck 10 can be $200 per person or more, but the experience is not that different.
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Agree with some balconies, but it depends on what you want, our last three cruises with P&O have been on Arcadia where we desperately "needed" to have an aft balcony, same cabin as it turned out & we would not have moved for any upgrade...in fact we had booked a suite for one cruise but downgraded to "our" cabin....& saved £3,000 too..which was nice!!
My fear about booking a balcony guarantee is that you can end up with an obstructed view, right? One or two more flights of stairs wouldn't bother me but sitting on my balcony staring at a lifeboat would.
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On some cruise lines you can guarantee a minimum category - so on Princess you can book not just any balcony but a Cat BE (for example). That way you will not end up in a lower category and have that obstructed balcony. Certainly study your deck plan before booking a a guarantee. We did a BG guarantee on Ruby Princess because there are no obstructed balconies.
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Thanks so much for all the information! Like I said in my earlier post, I'm VERY new to the whole cruising thing and it's so nice to be able to ask questions and have them answered by more experienced cruisers.
You won't see the word "guarantee" on tickets, that just means the way you booked your cabin and you said you already have a cabin #, that should be your cabin. Just look at a deck plan and see where it is, should be a balcony which is what you were guaranteed...
We did this on our Hawaii cruise. We were told we would get our cabin assignment when we got our docs. When the docs arrived where the cabin # should be it just had TBA. Called our agent and she had never had this happen before. She checked less than a week before we left, and still no assigned cabin number, which made me a bit nervous. When we arrived we were thrilled to find that we had been given a fantastic extended balcony that we used quite extensively on our trip. We haven't booked a guarantee cabin since then because we have taken our kids on our cruises and needed to make sure our cabins were together. I wouldn't hesitate to in the future, though!
Chence, having done it both ways, IMHO, you are better off having your cabin number assigned as you do now, provided that you have chosen a location that suits you. You will get that cabin so it is "guaranteed." Booking a "guarantee" is another thing, and you can be put somewhere where don't don't necessarily want to be. As others have said, you have to be careful of the category or you can wind up with an obstructed view or in some undesirable location. Since you have your cabin number, you can go to the website and check the deck plan of your ship to see exactly where you are.
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