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Kuki January 20th, 2011 06:47 PM

Does Your Cabin Matter?
Yes, I know we all dream about getting upgraded to the Owner's Suite, with six butlers serving our every whim....

But does the cabin really matter to you. Are you a balcony snob, where you'll only cruise with a balcony now? Or do you prefer the complete darkness an inside cabin offers? Do you not care where or what, as long as you are cruising?

Queen of Oakville January 20th, 2011 06:54 PM

I love the darkness of an inside cabin. I wish I could obtain the "blackout" at home.

I'm also too cheap to pay for a view that I would never enjoy. We spend very little time in our cabin, so I see no point in paying for one.

If the upgrade fair visited me, I might accept her pixie dust just to try it out and see what all of the hullabaloo is.

I'd take 3 or more cruises with an inside cabin to your verandah or suite, thank you very much.

Trackypup January 20th, 2011 06:59 PM

I would take one amazing itinerary for me to cruise without a balcony. We spend a ton of time out there and would really miss it. It's our little sanctuary for breakfast, lunch some dinners and just quiet time on sea days. I'm far less fussy on my cabin than I am my balcony.

jacdenv24 January 20th, 2011 07:19 PM

When we were younger, an inside was just fine with us. In fact, our very first cruise in 1987 was an inside with an upper and lower berth:confused: We used the cabin to sleep, shower and change. Now, 24 years later, we spend far more time in the cabin so at least want an ocean view. Our last cruise we had a balcony for the first time and it was great but we sail in 8 days in an ocean view again. The ship and itinerary were important to us but a balcony was not in the budget. An ocean view cabin is way WAY better than no cruise at all in my books.

Trip January 20th, 2011 07:40 PM

I love a balcony, but, I am not a balcony snob,would sail an ov but not inside..I did it once,and I need the light..

I find that the layout is more important than the size..I find it amazing how the little boo boos in the design plan, can impact how one enjoys the space.

Btw, if I had a butler, I would give him the week off;)

nlb1050 January 20th, 2011 07:53 PM

We book insides with the last 2 and the upcoming being PT class on Carnival. Actually an outside but only with portholes at the price of a class of insides. We like those layouts but not having windows is no problem for us. One time we had a balcony and other that when at dock we did not use the balcony, and it did not mean we spent anymore time in the cabin so balconies are not worth it to us.

Lakers Fan January 20th, 2011 08:56 PM

As long as I have a comfortable bed I can be anywhere .

Donna January 20th, 2011 09:47 PM

I am not pickey about the location, but yes, have to have a balcony. We always do use them and enjoy the quiet time sitting outside, early in the am or later in the evening before turning in. Your first cup of coffee out on the balcony is what cruising is about for me anyway....

Lakers Fan January 20th, 2011 09:55 PM

I think I must be the only person who can do without a balcony .

richstacy January 20th, 2011 10:01 PM

The thought of an inside, gives me the willies! Unfortunately Balconies are addictive. Once you've had one -- it is very hard to go back. We think they are wonderful.
When I daydream about what I'd "rather be doing," inevitably this is it:

Cruising in the tropics, on the shady side of the ship, on my veranda, reading a really good book, with no deadlines. Sigh! Now That's livin!!:D

HawkeyeFLA January 20th, 2011 10:28 PM

My first cruise was an inside cabin because my travelmate was cheap. I survived, but I always had a difficult time waking up without some natural light coming in. Maybe if they had an alarm clock light or something that might help. My 2nd cruise was OV, and that was wonderful. I was up and at'em pretty easily every day. On a longer voyage with more at sea days, I could see where I might enjoy a balcony cabin, but just being there is most of the fun.

blueliner January 20th, 2011 10:41 PM

I have fallen in love with the aft/corner wrap around balcony. I will sail with a regular balcony or an OV, but I really prefer the aft/corner balcony if I can get it. The cabin and the balcony are usually larger and are the same price as a regular balcony in the same catagory. For example, our recent Europe cruise on the Voyager OTS we had a D1 balcony on deck 10 that was aft/corner. Our cabin was larger, and the balcony was over double the size of a normal D1, but we paid the exact same price if we had taken a D1 balcony anywhere else on the ship.

Ron January 20th, 2011 11:24 PM

I'm not a balcony snob-- I just like a balcony. I wouldn't, on the other hand , pay the extra money for a suite. I've stayed in all categories and as long as I can afford a balcony, I'll pay for it. I really don't mind an outside either but really, really hate an inside.I like to at least to be able to see outside. Location is also important to me-- I don't want to be mid-ship, although people sing the praises of a smoother ride, etc.--if the water get rough enough to be a problem, I don't care where you are you will feel it.The traffic mid-ship can be disturbing late at night as you have people coming and going both directions. I want to have a passenger deck over and beneath me-- do not want to ever again have to be under the galley !! Been there --done that once- that was enough! ;)

Marc January 20th, 2011 11:47 PM

Although I am almost have a balcony, what is important to me is a large bathroom, a large closet, and a good desk. There have been port intensive cruises where I have never used my balcony but I always use bathroom, closet, and desk.


johnthed0g January 21st, 2011 06:28 AM

Not a snob...
The cabin type & location is vital to us, aft balcony is the one we try to get if the ship has them, the views are superb & if the ship is going the right way you can get a sunrise & sunset into your cabin, we have some lovely memories of sailing into/out of places like Venice. Funny thing I find is that those who say they only use the cabin to sleep /wash/change & never spend ANY time there are always in the cheap cabins that nobody would want to spend any time in anyway!
Another thing I have noticed is that those who never spend time in the cabin, is that they do spend a lot of time in the bars & the coffee bar, most without actually buying anything but just sitting there reading or doing puzzles, therefore actually hogging a seat that could be used by someone who actually wanted to buy a drink.
We have always been the same, seats on planes for instance, why not have a type & position that is more comfortable, hotel rooms too, you can get one at the back over the kitchens or one with a view of the sea & gardens with more room.
Another reason we like a ''nice'' cabin is that we find very little on ships that interests us during the days at classes to learn stuff "at a nominal fee." We have never found space by any pool on any ship & neither would we want to looking at the crowds crammed together, so our balcony with a view of the sea is valuable to us, after all we can actually see the sea from the balcony, at some of the pools you could be anywhere.
PS my avatar pic is from our aft balcony on Arcadia sailing out of Venice

anniegb January 21st, 2011 06:44 AM

Does cigarette smoke cross balconies if you know what I mean - that would really irritate me - I am very sensitive to cigarette smoke.

Like Marc, I like a decent bathroom.
I have sailed in both an inside and oceanview and for me at least, there was very little difference but I know I would enjoy a balcony if I was guaranteed it was smoke free. Therefore I think it will have to be a wrap-around balcony.

BTW John, I do sit in the bars and lounges with a book......and a drink or two....


johnthed0g January 21st, 2011 07:18 AM

I think decent bathroom & cruise ship don't really go that to me is something that is purely a practical thing, as long as you can do what you have to it's fine. On Azura our bathroom was quite small because they didn't have a bath, who needs a bath? we did have a nice & very useful dressing/hanging area though. Best bathrooms we have found are on Celebrity, as I remember Connie having a large room with a double basin, & Eclipse had a wonderful bathroom with a huge shower that had actual doors.
Coffee bars are for people buying the product & I think it's even more important to move on when you have finished, sorry, but I find it most irritating to go to the coffee bar having trekked down from the upper decks only to find nowhere to sit because table hogs are doing soduku or more like ("sod-you-too''), playing cards or similar.
Cigarette smoke does carry across from balconies, but you are outside, doesn't bother me but my wife can't stand it, I found the aroma of cooking more offensive on Azura. The smoke was worse along corridors of inside cabins where smoking wasn't allowed but obviously took place.

anniegb January 21st, 2011 07:32 AM

On HAL, the coffee shop was quiet; maybe because it was located next to a large library with plenty of crossword tables

Now if I paid for a standard balcony cabin and my next door neighbour's smoke crossed over - I would be cross. I am with your wife there.

I think I would like next to sail on a smoke-free vessel if one exists. Az Journey came very close.


johnthed0g January 21st, 2011 08:11 AM

On Azura the Costa coffee outlet "Java" was actually OK only once or twice we couldn't get a seat, good coffee too, if you like Costa.
People can't smoke virtually anywhere on Celebrity.

anniegb January 21st, 2011 08:38 AM

Thanks John. Costa is good for me. That reminds me when I visit the US in March to bring my own coffee :) Thanks for info on Celebrity - might check that out - just have to find a smaller vessel :)

LisaK January 21st, 2011 08:46 AM


Originally Posted by Trackypup (Post 1344493)
I would take one amazing itinerary for me to cruise without a balcony. We spend a ton of time out there and would really miss it. It's our little sanctuary for breakfast, lunch some dinners and just quiet time on sea days. I'm far less fussy on my cabin than I am my balcony.

totally agree, love our balconies, love being able to go outside whenever we feel like, especially at night in jammies to look at the stars

Lakers Fan January 21st, 2011 08:54 AM

On our last cruise people came on deck at night in bathrobes

johnthed0g January 21st, 2011 09:12 AM


Originally Posted by Henry43 (Post 1344669)
On our last cruise people came on deck at night in bathrobes

Good Lord, whatever next?...I hope it wasn't a formal night!!

skymaster January 21st, 2011 09:19 AM

We almost always book "inside" and REALLY enjoy those cabins. Occasionally, we'll get upgraded to a balcony, and frankly, I don't see a lot of difference. On a seven day cruise, I might go outside onto the balcony two or three times, but certainly, not enough to justify the extra cost. Interior of the cabins (inside & standard balcony) are almost exactly the same, except the balcony doesn't offer the privacy, or intimate darkness available for those afternoon naps. ;)


anniegb January 21st, 2011 09:28 AM


Originally Posted by johnthed0g (Post 1344679)
Good Lord, whatever next?...I hope it wasn't a formal night!!

John, on my HAL cruise to Alaska, we sailed into College Fjord very early in the morning - I would not like to tell you how many people were on the deck wearing their pyjamas! Why not?


johnthed0g January 21st, 2011 09:51 AM

You see Annie, the clue is in the statement "at night" so I made a little joke about it being "formal" do you see? You shouldn't be so sentitive about these things!
Sorry, don't understand anyone preferring an inside cabin, except perhaps those with toddlers who want to keep then under control. The cost of an outside is minimal on modern ships & a balcony just a little more, older ship do charge a lot more though.
We have always said we would rather not go than have anything less than an outside....but I suppose if a really good deal came up we would have to think about would have to be a really good price for somewhere we wanted to go.

Lakers Fan January 21st, 2011 09:56 AM

Formal night

Originally Posted by johnthed0g (Post 1344679)
Good Lord, whatever next?...I hope it wasn't a formal night!!

On one of the formal nights there was a woman in the dining room at a table directly in front of me but she was facing a guy and I could not see her clearly .It appeared that she was wearing a bathrobe to both me and my friend sitting next to me .When she got up it turned out to be a white sweater .

anniegb January 21st, 2011 10:01 AM

John - I did get the joke - honest! I am Scots and we are a very sensitive nation.

For me, ultimately, itinerary is the primary consideration in the selection of a vessel followed by smoke policy followed by passenger capacity. Only then would cabin be a factor.

The itinerary would have to be exceptional for me to select a vessel that permitted smoking and was big on formal nights!


johnthed0g January 21st, 2011 10:25 AM

For us the smoking thing is something we just have to put up with, it's better now it is banned inside, it was impossible to enter the Pub type bars before.
I think itinery is the first thing for us, as we haven't been everywhere yet. We haven't been on a ship that we wouldn't go on again, we have preferred some over others. Price is important to us so it's always a compromise between what we want & what we want to pay. We went on the Azura for a month, it was great value especially for Xmas & new year, but there is a limit on what a holiday can be worth, it's only a holiday after all. I find it very difficult to believe that some people go on several world cruises (or so they say) decent cabin + spending must be 40k for two. I think a lot of people go on imaginary cruises, especially on sites like P&O, Cruisedot etc.

Haimia January 21st, 2011 10:27 AM


Originally Posted by Henry43 (Post 1344570)
I think I must be the only person who can do without a balcony .

Nope, you are not alone. We have sailed most recently in an inside (14 day TA) and ocean view (11 days southern Caribbean). Most days on the ov, the curtain was closed. So, I can do inside easily and just pop up to any open deck to hang over the rail. I will take an ov or balcony or any upgrade if they want to give it to me, but just as happy in an inside with extra $$ in our pocket for other things!

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