Has anyone had an experience with Carnival's "OV(oceanview)Guarantee" category booking? It appears this oceanview cabin is not assigned until a week before departure. Booking under this category saves some money rather than choosing an Oceanview cabin at booking. What risk do I run with booking the OV category? Could I end up with a porthole cabin rather than a window? Do some Oceanview cabins have larger or obstructed windows? Can anyone tell me the pros and cons? Thanks.
We always book oceanview and save some money. It is the luck of the draw though. We've been put in rooms at the very front of the ship (long walks to the dining room, casino, etc. in the rear of the ship and more motion) and we've been put in the middle (better).
This also can vary by ship and its design. Ask yourself when looking at a ship's deck plan, Are you under or near the disco, galley, pool deck. You could be at the bow where pitch & roll can be felt more than if mid-ship. These are fairly new categories to entice last minute bookings on unreserved staterooms.
I just came off a cruise where we had the portholes. It was nothing like a oceanview! Granted it's better than an inside but with the portholes the walls are like 1 1/2 feet thick so your view of the outside is very very limited. Did not care for it, would not do it again. Not only is the motion rougher up front but you may also have to deal with the noise of the thrusters etc. Very distracting indeed. We much rather prefer oceanview midship. That and the fact it's also easier navigating around the ship at the mid level stairways.
When you book a 'Oceanview Gty' cabin you are actually booking a Cat 6A minimum. All of these cabins have windows. A Cat 5A is a porthole which would be a lower Cat than you booked. Make sure your TA and you understand this before booking.