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Old December 8th, 2005, 12:04 PM
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We are first time cruisers going with some friends that booked months ago on Carnival. We are now trying to book cruise on the Miracle ship and are having tough time choosing room. Have a couple questions:
1) Is it important that we are close to our friends for day trips (had heard that boarding/unboarding can take a long time and it is done by sections, so we wouldn't want anyone to have to wait for the others)?
2) On the online maps of each deck, there are some rooms that have codes next to them indicating upper or fold out couch, etc. It seems those are the only rooms left (rather than rooms with no symbols). Are there any downsides to having a room like that, such as the likelihood of being bumped to another room, etc.?
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1) Is it important that we are close to our friends for day trips (had heard that boarding/unboarding can take a long time and it is done by sections, so we wouldn't want anyone to have to wait for the others)?
2) On the online maps of each deck, there are some rooms that have codes next to them indicating upper or fold out couch, etc. It seems those are the only rooms left (rather than rooms with no symbols). Are there any downsides to having a room like that, such as the likelihood of being bumped to another room, etc.?
1. Won't make any difference if you are close or not. Embarkation and debarkation have nothing to do with cabin location (unless you are in suite)
If you book shore tours together, you'll meet in a designated area, and go off for your tours. If not, you can arrange your own meeting place and go off the ship.

2. The only cabins you may want to avoid are those that show adjoining rooms. The soundproofing isn't quite so good between cabins.
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Hi shelbel95,

To add to Kuki's response, if you are two people and book a cabin that will hold four, you might be upgraded to a better cabin if they need a cabin for four.

If you want to book a specific cabin you can request that you not be upgraded. We do this as we like a certain area of the ship. (For our next cruise we were offered an upgrade, but turned it down because of the placement of the upgraded cabin, above the showroom!)

We always book a deck that's between other passenger decks instead of above or below public spaces which may be noisy.

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i totally agree with the others, your cabins don't need to be near eachother. You can always pick up the phone and call, arrange to meet in a specific place at a certain time, and you can arrange to have dinner together.
I would book as soon as you can, you can choose to book a guarantee cabin catagory or you can book a specific cabin number. If you book a guarantee your chances of an upgrade are better than if you book a specific cabin. Just know that if you book a guarantee you could end up with the worst cabin in a specific catagory(locationwise)
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Do you get sea sick?

If you do try to get a cabin near the middle of the ship and on one of the lower decks. Movement is less there than higher up and to front or back.

Other than that their are no really bad rooms. Some are noiser than other but noise doesn't bother me. I am not in my cabin much anyway.

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Shel,

If you are a couple who would like two twin beds moved together to make one queen sized bed, you have to be careful with cabins that have bunk beds above the lower beds. Most of the time you cannot move the lower beds together. We learned this on our last cruise.

You might ask your TA when booking your cabin.

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I agree with Kuki, don't book a room that has an adjoining door between them. We were stuck with one and the neighbors (3 women) next to us woke up very early every morning and started giggling and cackling with each other about their exploits the previous night.

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They only disembark by sections on some ships and then only on FINAL debarkation, not every time you are in port.

IF you must tender to a port then many times you have to get tickets for a specific time, but these are not usually done by section of the ship but rather first come first serve, other than suites.
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