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Old June 2nd, 2007, 04:02 PM
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Hi there! I'm going on my 2nd cruise this August. For my first we had a port hole cabin and for my second, we have an ocean view.

I would love to actually see a suite or a balcony room, not just the pictures... so here is my question: for those of you who have gotten this type of room before, have you ever been asked by a fellow cruiser if they could see your room? I'm not talking about just going up to someone, but I'm wondering if by chance we get to know our tablemates, or someone else, after a few days, if it would be appropriate to ask- or is this too personal or forward?

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Hi there! I'm going on my 2nd cruise this August. For my first we had a port hole cabin and for my second, we have an ocean view.

I would love to actually see a suite or a balcony room, not just the pictures... so here is my question: for those of you who have gotten this type of room before, have you ever been asked by a fellow cruiser if they could see your room? I'm not talking about just going up to someone, but I'm wondering if by chance we get to know our tablemates, or someone else, after a few days, if it would be appropriate to ask- or is this too personal or forward?

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I have never been asked but if you get to know someone no harm in asking. Another option is on the last day, after people have left, take a quick tour of an empty room. Our you could just ask a carnival employee on the ship as soon as you board if you can see the inside of a balcony room.
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I see no problem asking, as long as its someone that you've met on the cruise and talked with at dinner or somewhere on the ship. Many times we meet at each others cabins.
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I have asked Room stewards on the first day if I could see an empty balcony room. They had not problem with it.
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I have asked Room stewards on the first day if I could see an empty balcony room. They had not problem with it.
I think this solution is the best - particularly if you get on board the ship early. Head for the appropriate area of the ship and you are likely to find an empty suite that's open and waiting for its occupants (or being cleaned).

If you meet someone that is in a suite, don't hesitate to ask if you could see the accommodations, at an appropriate time, of course. I have absolutely no problem showing our accommodations to another couple. It can become a great social event, so to speak.
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We have only been asked by friends who were cruising with us , but in an inside cabin.
We HAVE met some people on a cruise whom we would have felt comfortable bringing up if they had asked us.
Depends on who is asking, I guess. :|
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Careful! once you see the suite you won't want to go back. My first cruise was last July. we got the penthouse suite. I walked by lots of open IC and OV rooms and thought "why would you want to travel that way. I did notice lots of people slowing down and looking in when they walked by our suite. We have a cruise in 70 days and have the dilemma of spending an extra grand to get the suite vs OV and against my better financial judgement will probably go with the suite. My best advice would be to always figure on the cost of the balcony suite and adjust your time frame of your cruise to be able to afford it. Personally I don't think I would cruise without a balcony. To me it was part of the experience. good luck.
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Careful! once you see the suite you won't want to go back. My first cruise was last July. we got the penthouse suite. I walked by lots of open IC and OV rooms and thought "why would you want to travel that way. I did notice lots of people slowing down and looking in when they walked by our suite. We have a cruise in 70 days and have the dilemma of spending an extra grand to get the suite vs OV and against my better financial judgement will probably go with the suite. My best advice would be to always figure on the cost of the balcony suite and adjust your time frame of your cruise to be able to afford it. Personally I don't think I would cruise without a balcony. To me it was part of the experience. good luck.
I understand. The balcony is nice but our next cruise we have an inside cabin with hopes of an upgrade... The last 3 cruises were balcony's....... I hope it is a large upgrade...
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We were thinking the very same thing we had wished this past April that we asked to see a balcony room. Well didn't but we booked a balcony suite so we are hoping and crossing our fingers we did the right thing for the three of us who are going. Its a cat. 11 cabin.
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