I went with the suite guarantee on the May 14th sailing. The room I recieved was 7269, which admittedly looks like the worst suite on the ship (along with 7268). My concern is that it is located in the middle of the 3 elevator bank just across the hall. Does anybody have any idea how noisy it will be?
On the bright side, I surprising my younger sister by taking her on her first cruise. She has been to Gaveston before when she visited last year and we returned by son to the A&M Galveston. We will pretend to return him again (school will be out and he has transferred to College Station). I'll pretend to make a wrong turn so we have to turn around in the parking lot at the dock. Then the surprise will begin. I plan to take to one of the inside staterooms with a pullman bed before I show her our actual room. She has had a hard life living in the underclass of society and got over cancer and has been cancer free for 2 years this month. We decided on making it a surprise because she is such a worrier that this would have driven her crazy. She is also quitting her job to move in with our parents to help them in the last years (she's moving 1500 miles) so she has a good heart.
Yes, you can switch rooms right now. The idea of taking her to an inside cabin first, will probably be frowned upon by the staff. Good joke but I know I would be kinda bent if I were to step into my inside cabin and find others there before me and then the steward would get bent by having to remale the room. Think about it first.
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Well, Carnival refused to change the room because I'm just a guaranteed suite.
I figured since we had VIP boarding we would be on board before everyone else so a peak in the room would not bother anyone. Obviously if others are on board I would not consider it. I guess it depends on how Carnival boards and how much of a daze my sister is on.
No, you cannot change your room. That is the risk you take when you book a guarenteed room. But I don't think you'll hear much from the elevators. You aren't right beside them.
Even with the VIP boarding, that doesn't mean you are allowed before anyone else. You will get on quicker because you skip the long lines, but it's not like they allow the VIP on, and then the rest. Its open boarding, but VIPs miss the long lines and the gets them on quicker.
We had similar suite cabins on the Liberty and enjoyed being SO close to the stairs and elevators. We experience no noise problems regarding the elevators just other passengers late at night laughing, forgetting how late it was.
Also, "in our experience" all cabin doors have closed for security reasons so it would be impossible to walk in another cabin and show your sister. I hope because you are surprising her with this cruise (such a wonderful sister), she has her documents to get on and the "right" clothes! It will be a wonderful surprise!
Mom1977, Just our experience...we have been VIP on our last 3 Carnival cruises and have been the 1st ones on the ship (after the wedding parties) which was at least 45 minutes BEFORE they let the others start boarding. We always arrive early to the ports and we are directed to wait in a VIP room then we were personally escorted on. We also received our luggage within 2 hours of boarding.
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I got a ceritified birth certificate from my Dad for my sister (he is in on it and agreed that she would freak out if she knew beforehand). I've asked to send me a copy of her driver's license plus told she has to have her driver's license, so I have a backup if she were to lose her wallet, so she should be fine. We have told her we are going to a timeshare in Mexico and have sent her a list of things to bring (for the cruise) which is something we have done before with her domestically.
Looking at the location of the room, there should not be anyone walking by the room and hopefully people on the suite deck won't be as rowdy late at night coming out of the elevators. Carnival told me that room wasn't a noisy as the suits on either side of me.
I didn't remembe the rooms being locked, but it makes sense with our paranonia these days.
I've only had VIP boarding in recent memory and I thought I was among the first on. I remember being put in a VIP boarding area and boarding immediately and it seemed like we among the first on the ship.
Maybe the differences between domestic port and foreign ports since I've only done foreign since the terrorist attacks.