We thought about the upgrade as well and decide that we would much rather spend the money on other things. The suites are a little bit bigger and you get priority check-in and an escort to your cabin as well as a spa tub in the bathroom. I think the suites are around 280 sqft and the regular cabins are 185 to 200. Its a lot of money for not that much more space. Either way, enjoy your cruise!!
Go for it ! You only live once ! lol ! Try it this once, and if its not for you, go back to your balcony rooms. But I got a feeling that your going to love it !
I said the same thing about a balcony room onetime. Now when I sail, I must have a balcony room. lol ! No worries mate;
Well if you want to get your money worth and if you are sailing in the Spirit class ships. Go for the Wrap around suites. They are cat 11and are over 400sqaure feet. They have like 4 separte rooms and they have a HUGH balcony with a great view.
We first booked an ocean view guarantee and I ended up switching to a cat 12 penthouse suite. We have 4 of us and the extra room seemed necessary. The room is over 300 sq. ft and the balcony is 70 sq. ft. I hope the extra $1280 is worth it but I wont know until March 05!
gman - My understanding is that different CAT 11 staterooms have different features. It depends on the ship, and the deck. I've read that the aft CAT 11 cabins with the wraparound balconies are laid out differently on the higher decks than on the lower.
But in terms of being a true suite the way, say, a hotel suite would be (separate living area, dining area, etc.), I've learned that ships' definitions are different from hotels' definitions.
It would be hard for me to pay the extra for a balcony - had one and loved it but have not paid for it again. To each his own - if you think it is worth it that is all the matters. I'm sure it is very very nice. We had one suite (older ship no balcony) and it was very nice and the service to the suites were extra fast and nice. Of course it was offered to us for a total $150 more is the only reason we took it. Keep hoping for an upgrade but just doesn't happen ENJOY! Debbie
on Carnival, sometimes the balcony rooms cost less than the outside rooms, it all depends on what is available. We got a great deal in Sept, 7 days on the triumph, lido deck (past guest special) balcony...$699. The larger ships have 80% oceanview and of that 80% are balconies, so you really can get a balcony for almost the same price as an outside cabin. And a balconey is great.
Royale 5/85; Oceanic 7/85, 5/86, 5/89
Veracruz 7/88; Fantasy 7/97;
Tropicale 6/98; Sov. Seas 6/99;
Sensation 5/03, 5/04; Glory 9/03,Triumph 9/04; Pride 3/05
Cruised ocean "view" once and have gone balcony ever since. Most receint was balcony Cat 9A on Triumph (terrific) ... next spring its Cat 11 on a Spirit class just because we love the (1) extra room on the balcony AND superior view, (2) ability to spread out a bit in your stateroom and (3) if you decide to have some quiet time you have a place to go that doesn't feel cramped and has stons of natural sun light or moonlight depending.
For us, crusing IS about the ship and your accomodations as much as the itinerary. Enjoy your cruise and remember ... your stateroom is your haven, select one that you'll enjoy - for you!