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Old September 3rd, 2004, 05:04 PM
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Default How to choose a balcony?

How do I pick which balcony I want to be in?. I called to book a guarantee balcony and was advised that if I booked the cruise within 48 hours, I could choose any balcony on any deck that is not currently booked and get if for the same price. Okay, so this will be our 2nd cruise and our first time in a balcony. How do I select?

Ship. Carnival Triumph.

I've looked at the deck plans and can't honestly say that I understand it all. How can I tell what rooms are right underneath a restaurant, club, etc... Is it better to be in the front or back of the ship?
What questions should I ask and what should I pay attention to? Help?????
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 05:50 PM
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Your smoothest ride is midship. But,... I do like those rear balcony's. Usually less traffic in the hall ways toward the rear of the ship. I would take a rear balcony cabin again, no problem !
What deck ? I'd say around 9 or 10'th .

Happy sailing;

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Old September 3rd, 2004, 06:45 PM
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yes go with deck 9. We were on the Triumph over christmas and it was awsome. it was great being close to the lido. We were on the port side and that was awsome cause we could see the bridge and the captain while going in and out of ports. 9226 was our cabin and it was awsome! good luck and have a great time!
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 07:26 PM
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Which ship are you sailing on? I have had a balcony before. I'm a little confused though, "guarantee status" means you are guaranteed a cabin in the same category that you pay for, although you are not guaranteed a particular cabin. If you want a particular cabin you have to specify which level, and type (Inside, Outside, Balcony, Suite) of cabin you would like. You usually know you received a specific cabin if the ta gives you your cabin number. An example of cabin status: 4A-(usually the cheapest cabin category) Inside Rivera deck. Inside cabins are usually cheaper than Outside cabins, Balcony are next then the most expensive cabin is the Suites. As far as the noise, I don't think I would like to be under the Casino, Restaurant, or show area. The ship layouts are on Carnival's web page at www.carnival.com

I agree with the above comment about being midship if you have ever been sea sick.
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 08:40 PM
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You asked how do you determine what your cabin is above or below regarding location. Using the deck plans (preferably a Carnival Cruise book it is easier to see, or print deck plans out) basically reference one spot above and below a potential cabin.
I did not mind being near the stairs for instance as prefer the convenience versus waiting for an elevator. Taking a look at the Triumph map level 6 upper one can see what might be located below them is a casino, dance club, lounge --these have a potential for being louder at night versus more forward on the deck being above the shops which are likely closed after 10 or 11 thus a quieter location. IWhen I booked, I tried to research which side of the ship faced port when socking at each stop. We like to people watch so tried to pick a cabin facing the ports versus water scenery. Maybe a previous cruiser on Triumph recalls which side of the ship faced the ports at each stop. I think that is why they call the even numbered side "port though". In all fairness someone said they alternate which side of the ship faces port, to me it seems more of a logistic how they can get into the dock easier.
Final comment-- yes a back balcony -especially wrap arounds seem by consenses to be the best view and spacious. However I do get motion sick and prefer the middle if we can. What ever you choose you cannot go wrong and will have a great time.
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 08:54 PM
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We were on the Imagination and had a balcony/suite on the "UPPER" deck at the mid-ship. It was great, very quiet, hardly any movement and convenient to everything. When we booked our agent suggested a Guarantee cabin . But because we couldn't pick the cabin we just booked what and where we wanted. Our agent said if we booked a guarantee cabin we'd get a balcony but it might be on a top deck near the front which could be very bumpy if we got into bad weather. My sister always books guarantee cabins and she never knows until either a few days before she leaves or when she gets to the ship where she is. It worls for her and she doesn't mind. I couldn't deal with that.
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 09:25 PM
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Hi Tobi,

I think I saw your post on another board and you said you were going on Triumph. Is that correct? Anyway, I had a balcony on Triumph and loved it. I was bookd on the Panorama deck which was great. The Lido would have been fine as well. The reason I suggest these two decks is because it's on the same floor as the common areas (pools, decks, lunch grilles, breakfast, etc). It's great because you can roll out of bed and be right there. No long treks accross the ship to get outside. If you want to go back to your room for a small break, it's right there. There's not much of an insentive to book a guarantee if Carnival is going to give you your choice of any balcony for the same cost. I'd say go with Panorama or Lido and enjoy yourself. I'm in the middle of booking a similar situation for the Spirit ship. That's what I'm doing. Have fun!

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Old September 3rd, 2004, 10:54 PM
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Greetings, Tobi -

MS Triumph is great ship.

Quiet, secluded, private all describe a stern balcony stateroom. Balcony cabins along the side are less intimate and therefore allow you to "hear and be heard" by those on either side. In the Carnival brochure they are dark green

Verandah, deck 9, Category 9A, stern corner - either #8428 or #8433 provide a wrap-around balcony that's out-of-this-world. Ours was #8428.

You are able to look to the side and astern plus it's l-o-n-g so plenty of room for sunning or just enjoying.

NOTE: these 2 staterooms also have a true Queen size bed - not, 2 twins pushed together. It's a small point but worth mentioning.

Our friends had the cabin directly below ours, #7422 fantastic, Category 9A also. They did not hear any early a.m. ship noise, but, my wife, an early riser, did notice the cleaning staff arranging the deck chairs on the Lido deck directly above us. Me, I sleep through just about anything. It wasn't an issue but if you are an especially light sleeper it is a consideration.

Bring a 36" or 48" bungee cord and use it to hold your door to the balcony, open, so you can sleep to the "swoosh and swish" of the ocean as you slip off to sleep, while the ship sails to your next port.

You're gonna' be hooked on "balcony" cabins from here on out! Enjoy!

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Old September 3rd, 2004, 11:04 PM
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Tobi -

OOPS! I need to correct a potential misunderstanding.

The DARK GREEN staterooms are the stern BALCONY cabins:
Upper deck 6#6434 and #6461
Empress deck 7 #7422 and #7425
Verandah deck 8 - has 4 but only 2 are the "corner" variety and they are #8428 and #8433

Staterooms alond the ship's sides are a variety of colors all denoting different categories which simply translates into slightly different prices.

DARK GREEN is, in my opinion, the balcony cabin(s) with the most to offer.

Enjoy - Willy
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Old September 5th, 2004, 02:34 PM
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Hi Willy.

Me and my girlfriend are going on triumph this november and we would like to ask you about the location of our cabin wich is nr. 8398 on verandah deck 5 cabins down from the cabins you talked about as the once that have the most to offer.

What we are wondering is do you think it is going to be noise in that room from the above south beach club and the pizzeria .. and also if the staircase or the lifts make noises

Any help is appricated .

thank you.

sorry for the poor english
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Old September 6th, 2004, 09:39 PM
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Greetings Gisli,

You may hear some slight noise from the Lido deck above but it should not be a problem. Sometimes early in the morning when they move deck chairs to clean, you might get an occasional sound.

The rooms are very well insulated, from sound, on all sides. You should not hear the elevators at all.

Enjoy your cruise, Willy
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