We are going on an extended family cruise on July 5. Rather than a room for 4, my family (2 adults & a 6 & 8 year old) are getting rooms next to each other. We can still get connecting rooms (I didn't know it was an option before), but at an additional cost of $800 (we will also go from inside to outside cabins). But, we will also go from the 6th or 7th level to the 2nd (lowest) level. We are going on Royal Caribbean Navigator. do you think this is worth the extra money, or is side by side rooms good enough? Also, is the 2nd level too low in the boat?
Also, is it usual for prices to go UP closer to the cruise? The travel agent first quoted us an extra $666 for the rooms, and now (same rooms) says the price increased.
If you can swing it, I think connecting rooms is the way to go. Our children are grown now, but when they were younger, I wouldn't have felt comfortable leaving a six and eight year old in a room alone - even if it were just next door. We didn't do that until our children were a few years older than yours. It's a lot more convenient to have immediate access to them, without first having to dress to go next door.
I don't see Deck 2 vs. Deck 6 as a problem at all. With respect to the price increase, prices do fluctuate depending on capacity, supply/demand and other variables. You're about four weeks out from your cruise, and I would have expected prices to be lower, but you never know. Nevertheless, an increase in cruise fare of $800 works out to $200/person which seems a bit steep going from two inside cabins on Deck 6 to two outside cabins on Deck 2. You shouldn't be paying a premium for "connecting" rooms. You can check the RCI website to see what the posted fares are for the proposed cabins vs. the cabins you've already booked. If the difference is less than $200/person, have a talk with your TA.
Enjoy your cruise!
It's would depend on you if it is worth the price. Your kids are kinda young and for piece of mind I'd go for connecting rooms but at $800 ouch that hurts. You will see lots of kids in their own rooms and for the most part it's perfectly fine.
Adjoining, not connecting cabins is fine, imo, if the kids understand the rules. We've had a balcony cabin, with the kids across the hall, and that's worked out fine. We keep an extra cabin key to check up on them on, and explain the consequences of any problems like noise developing.
ouch!! $800 that seems quite steep! I agree with Thomas- for that much money book a mini-suite and you can all be in the same room together. If all else fails and you and hubby don't mind, i think that splitting the kids between the two of you (1adult, 1 child) in each cabin - would be a good solution- most of the time you will all be together anyways.
Would not agree with the walkie talkies. 1st off, lots of people using them, interference issues, loud talking. the rooms have phones where you can dial room to room. Take the separate rooms, explain the rules and see where it goes. Most kids can handle it.