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Old August 19th, 2011, 10:44 PM
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When you and your spouse or SO plan a cruise do you usually agree on the type of cabin or do you differ ?Do you ever book a cabin solely to appease the other person even though its not your choice ?
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My DW is allways happy to go on a cruise, so I pretty much pick and book our cruises.

I love to get a balcony, which is not a big priority with her, but our last twelve cruise have been on a balcony cabin.

Now there is nothing wrong with compromizing. The main thing is to get out there and enjoy.

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On our upcoming cruise I want a balcony but Mrs.Henry43 wants an inside cabin.
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On our upcoming cruise I want a balcony but Mrs.Henry43 wants an inside cabin.
You too are nice reasonable people, so I am sure that you will resolve the issue.

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I always book an inside, (except on Spirit Class, I sometimes book a 4K) and that's fine with the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita). Occasionally, we get upgraded to an OV, or even a balcony. Works for me, but not important enough to spend extra money for it IMO.

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We both totally agree that on cruises of more than a few days it's balcony or nothing for us. I love the comment that is often made "we don't spend much time in the cabin" almost exclusively made by people who are in cabins NOBODY would want to spend ANY time in!! I am pleased to say that recently we had a last minute bargain for a 17 night Med cruise...really cheap, but although tempted we decided we would rather not go than have an inside cabin.
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JTD_you're so right! Our first 4 cruises were inside cabins-and we always said that was fine because we only used the cabin to sleep and shower. Which was true.....then. Twenty years ago we were on the go non-stop. We finally graduated to OV and started having morning tea in the cabin because we could actually see outside. Then in 2010 we got our first balcony and discovered a new dimension to cruising. As to whether we agree or not, we just both love to cruise and the cabin is dictated by the budget.
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I let whomever I'm with dictate the cabin type. My husband insists on a balcony even though he only pops out there occasionally to take a picture. Since he doesn't like to cruise as much as I do, however, he's often not along. The three cruises I booked solo were for inside cabins, though on two of them I got bumped to outside. My last and next cruises are both outsides because that's what my companion preferred.
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Neither my wife or I like inside cabins so it's an easy decision. It is a balcony or better. I usually just book the balcony we can reasonably afford.

If it was a wonderful itinerary we may go with an OV but we did an inside once and while the itinerary was fantastic we both HATED having an inside cabin. We both enjoy some downtime in the cabin and with the inside we just wanted to get out of there.

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We both love balcony - we like a slow routine on the mornings of sea days or even port days when we are not rushing off of the ship. we will occasionally book a OV - but we got to see out.
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I love to sit in the balcony at night, have a drink, listen to the ocean and gaze at the moon and the stars.

Maybe I will have to talk to Mrs. Henry and tell her how nice a balcony is on a Caribbean cruise.

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Updated question :

There is a 3 day sale -through Monday .The cost for a partially obstucted balcony is lower than a OV and the cost for a balcony without obstruction is not that much higher .
The question is : If our TA cannot meet the price for the balcony and if this is what we desire is it ethical to cancel with her and use an online TA ?
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There is a 3 day sale -through Monday .The cost for a partially obstucted balcony is lower than a OV and the cost for a balcony without obstruction is not that much higher .
The question is : If our TA cannot meet the price for the balcony and if this is what we desire is it ethical to cancel with her and use an online TA ?
Henry, if your TA can't meet the advertised price you really need a new TA, so yes, it's ethical!

To your original question, we book balcony or better, depending on the ship. We've never been in an inside, but I don't think I could stand it ! I need air!!
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Mrs.Henry43 is moving toward the idea of a balcony .Its a 13 day cruise and I need to see outside .
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Mrs.Henry43 is moving toward the idea of a balcony .Its a 13 day cruise and I need to see outside .
For a 13 day Caribbean cruise, you do need a balcony.

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You're TA should be able to get the sale price unless there is a condition on the fare you already have that would prevent the switch.
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Almost all cruise lines will not allow agents to discount the price of cruises. If the cruise line is selling it for, i.e., $899 then that's the price that any agent can sell it for.

If an agent is selling it for more than the cruise line is selling it then you need to get a new agent.

If the agent is selling it for less then they won't be selling that cruise line for much longer. The agents can offer OBC or other "stuff" to make the deal more enticing but the cost of the cruise will be the same as the cruise line or for what other agents are selling it for.

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To your original question, we book balcony or better, depending on the ship. We've never been in an inside, but I don't think I could stand it ! I need air!!
I have crossed the Atlantic in an inside cabin. My first trip pn a ship.

I also crossed the Pacific on a Navy troop carrier on an inside compartment.

I never want to go on a inside cabin again.

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Usually we book an inside guaranty cabin if we are by ourselves.
An inside fixed when we travel with friends.
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Neither my wife or I like inside cabins so it's an easy decision. It is a balcony or better. I usually just book the balcony we can reasonably afford.

If it was a wonderful itinerary we may go with an OV but we did an inside once and while the itinerary was fantastic we both HATED having an inside cabin. We both enjoy some downtime in the cabin and with the inside we just wanted to get out of there.

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Henry...

Marriage is always about compromises. You have to reach a decision that both of you can agree upon. If you can afford the balcony, I personally always prefer having them, but if it makes more sense fiscally to be more conservative then you might go with the inside.

Where is the cruise going (sorry if you mentioned it, I didnt read the whoile thread).

Some cruises really benefit from balconies, and on some itineraries it doesn't matter as much.
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The question is : If our TA cannot meet the price for the balcony and if this is what we desire is it ethical to cancel with her and use an online TA ?


I do think it is "ethical" to cancel a cruise with one agent of another agent can give you a better price. There is no rule that says you have to pay whatever price and agent gives you. This is a competitive world.

Just make sure the new agent's offer is legitimate - that you are comparing apples to apples.
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I would cruise in a cardboard box, but my husband likes having a balcony, or an ocean view at the very least. I go along to keep him happy and both of us cruising!
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I booked Royal Caribbean's owners suite for my wife and myself. she has no idea; she thinks I booked a balcony room. We both love sitting outside looking at the scenery. Having breakfast on the balcony, drinking tea or coffee, or just reading is nice.
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Marriage is always about compromises. You have to reach a decision that both of you can agree upon. If you can afford the balcony, I personally always prefer having them, but if it makes more sense fiscally to be more conservative then you might go with the inside.

Where is the cruise going (sorry if you mentioned it, I didnt read the whoile thread).

Some cruises really benefit from balconies, and on some itineraries it doesn't matter as much.

We are cruising on the Silhouette to Antigua ,San Juan,St.Maarten ,St.Thomas ,Labardee,Haiti and one other island .
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