We would like specific information about mini or small suites to Alaska for summer 2004. Since we are traveling with another couple that prefers a more affordable cabin, we have ruled out the all-suite Radisson Mariner. It seems, Princess, HAL, Norwegian, and RCL are the choices.
We are interested in Princess cabins AB category, specifcally cabins B750, B755, C744, C747, D748, & D751, all at the stern.
Also of interest is Norwegian's AC, AD & AE category, specically cabins such as D265, D267 at the stern, or cabins such as 1201 at the bow.
Other similar cabins on HAL or RCL are of interest.
We would like to know the square footage of these exact cabins. Some in the same category on the same ship appear to be larger than others per the deck plan.
We also would prefer optional dining, as we do not want to attend more than 1 formal night.
Any other information regarding special services/ammenities on the various suite accomodations would be appreciated. Also best service and value opinions are welcome.
It would help if you gave specific ship names. Different ships within a fleet vary greatly.
For instance, a suite on the CCL Zenith is nothing like one on the CCL Summit.
In the last year we have cruised in a suite on the Ocean Princess, in a mini suite on the Star Princess, a suite on the H.A.L. Amsterdam. We have cruised NCL only once and that was in a superior outside cabin on the Dream.
The suite on the Amsterdam was magnificent at about 565 squ. feet. The balcony was 9' deep and 21 feet wide. We really liked this cabin. The concierge lounge is wonderful.
Although I used to be a 100 % H.A.L. fan, they have been slipping a bit, especially in the food department. Service is still quite good.
Princess has been improving in recent years, in my opinion. We loved the Ocean Princess and the Star Princess was our favorite ship to date. The Ocean Princess suite was about 325 squ. feet. The deck was narrow.Overall the Star Princess, despide its fugly exterior, is extremely well run and the food is great in every restaurant. The mini suite was about 300 squ. feet with an unusual and large deck. Our cabin was in the rear and the deck was very different from others.