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Old August 19th, 2007, 01:10 PM
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Default Cabin choice-reason behind your choice

I am curious, why do you choose the category cabin you choose.

Do you want to get the best deal possible and go for the cheapest cabin?

Do you not care about price?

Do you want the biggest bang for your buck, but still want a balcony cabin?

Personally, I spend a fair bit of time in the cabin and choose a balcony because I have a place I can go sit and just relax with no one else around me (on my balcony). I tend to be a bit pooped out after a long day shopping or on a tour, so I tend to spend a good hour in the cabin when I get back on board. I also like to sift through what I bought and check everyhting out--I tend to be a wee impulsive when shopping. I also can't just jump in bed and go to sleep, I need to relax for a bit otherwise my mind races with whatever is on my mind and I can't sleep.
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Boy, great minds think alike. I just did my first cruise and we had a suite for that one. But it was expensive and probably not worth it. I will tell you what is important to me. I have to have quite to sleep so that is a factor. Hopefully a deck with few kids racing up and down the hall. I'm like you in that I need to sit and relax. My mind also races and I have a hard time sleeping if I can not decompress. I loved the mornings on our balcony drinking coffee and reading, listening to the ocean. We also took a nap in the afternoon so we probably used our cabin more that some do. I need a nice plan to retreat so that is more of a factor than price. I have three weeks vacation and told hubby that one week is mine and right now cruising is the thing for me. Then he can choose the next one. Anxious to hear others views on this .
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when we cruise we always gat a inside cabin on riviera deck
ther is a number of reason for this the price is right,its easier
to get on and off the ship in port, its quiet and no kids running in the halls
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Default Re: Cabin choice-reason behind your choice

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I am curious, why do you choose the category cabin you choose. ....
I "need" natural light so I need some degree of 'window'. The view can be obstructed, porthole, picture window... the important thing is that I can tell if it is day time or night time from inside my cabin. That being said, I look for the most affordable cabin with my window. I prefer staterooms above, below and beside mine to make it a little quieter. This time I have a 5A on the Miracle with the french doors that open to an obstructed view. I had that before. I like it because I can smoke in the room and still get fresh air.

So, no inside unless that's all I can do, no balcony because I don't have the money. O/S is all that matters.
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Price.

I'll take any cabin, just get me on the ship! We also book off-season, usually, to save money.

First, 2nd, and 3rd was inside (midship). Last cruise we had a window (real cool!),

next year is our first balcony (guarantee) on the Conquest.

REAL excited about that, but I'll go back to inside, if that's all we can afford,

We aren't picky, and price is the only factor.
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The lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I cruise 4 or 5 times a year, and that probably wouldn't be possible except that I always book an inside guarantee. Frankly, I'd much rather cruise 4 times a year in an inside, than twice in a balcony. Also, we find that the inside is excellent for our afternoon nap, that we usually take, so that we can stay up late and enjoy all the activities, shows, and events that often go into early morning.

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My husband and I have always booked a balcony for the view. We love the ocean air and I like to hear the surf in the evening. Our next cruise, however, will be our first in an Ins State Room. I'm VERY nervous, since I tend to hate closed in areas, yet my husband is returning from Iraq and we felt booking two Inside Staterooms (1 for my husband and I and 1 for the kids) made more sense then 1 balcony suite. Privacy was key!

I'm sure we'll enjoy our vacation as we did the others. All in all...I'm sure the room doesn't matter all that much.
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I choose for the convenience of getting around, the view, and the price.
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price and location on the ship:
personally I could cruise in an inside cabin everytime, doesn't bother me; what does bother me is being in the very front of the ship; I prefer any style of room within 1-2 decks below the pool deck. I don't mind walking to and from the dining room, casino etc but I like the room to be near the pool deck for convenience factor....
I will spend an extra $40-60 per cruise to get one deck closer to the pool, but will not spend an extra $100 and up for a balcony - unless the cruise is longer than 7 days.
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Can you educate me on why the front of the ship is bad? I've also heard some don't like the back...why?

I'm only cruised once and about to go on trip number 2 so still have much to learn.

To answer the original question...price is the factor so just trying to get on the ship for the least $. Quantity over quality, I guess. However, as some have shared that depending on the cruise, like Alaska, then outside window or balcony should be a better experience.
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I cruise solo so price is always the main factor. I am never in the cabin except to sleep, shower and change. Also, I am a night owl so by the time I go to bed, I am usually (a) well lubricated and (b) exhausted.

I book inside guarantee (cat. 1A) unless I can get a really good mini-upgrade to a specific cabin. I am partial to Riviera because there are two decks of cabins between my cabin and the action. Also, Cat. 1a's on Riveria are usually at the very front or back of the ship and there is almost no foot traffic in the hall. It has been my experience that I can hear the noise in the hall more than I can hear the engine, anchor or feel the ship's vibration.

Lastly, living in NYC, one learns to sleep through outside noise.

In truth, I don't care where the cabin is as long as it is on a ship.
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I dislike the very front of the ship because of the movement (frankly, it only bothered me really bad on one cruise - it was a cruise is December on the Radiance or the Majesty of the Seas; we could feel each wave and boy when the dropped the anchor WAKE UP! also the location is just not convenient for where I spend most of my time on the ship.
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msblackjack,

Do you recall what deck you were on? I have two rooms booked in Decemeber on the Miracle, deck 5. They're at the very front of the ship. I want my sleep but these were the only side by side rooms avail. Should we reconsider? How loud was the "wake up" call?

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msblackjack,

Do you recall what deck you were on? I have two rooms booked in Decemeber on the Miracle, deck 5. They're at the very front of the ship. I want my sleep but these were the only side by side rooms avail. Should we reconsider? How loud was the "wake up" call?

Needing privacy AND a restful morning....
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Tish, deck 5 (upper deck I think) should be O.K. Also, remember that they don't drop the anchor every day. It would only be in ports where they have to tender in, so that won't be a problem on most mornings. (It is quite loud however) You might get a little bit more motion, but I'd bet not enough to bother you. You might hear the waves hitting the bow when the ship is underway, but probably not loud, and many people say this is a soothing noise,,,,not offensive at all. Bottom line, I wouldn't worry at all about this cabin location.

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Do you recall what deck you were on? I have two rooms booked in Decemeber on the Miracle, deck 5. They're at the very front of the ship. I want my sleep but these were the only side by side rooms avail. Should we reconsider? How loud was the "wake up" call?

Needing privacy AND a restful morning....
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Tish, deck 5 (upper deck I think) should be O.K. Also, remember that they don't drop the anchor every day. It would only be in ports where they have to tender in, so that won't be a problem on most mornings. (It is quite loud however) You might get a little bit more motion, but I'd bet not enough to bother you. You might hear the waves hitting the bow when the ship is underway, but probably not loud, and many people say this is a soothing noise,,,,not offensive at all. Bottom line, I wouldn't worry at all about this cabin location.

Enjoy your cruise!

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I agree with Ken that on the Upper deck you are in a better deck than I was; also my experience was on a much smaller ship (Radiance class); Miracle is bigger; the anchor was a shock for the first time, once I realized what it was not so bad the second time, but it did wake me up both times and unfortunately it was after staying up tooo late. (I am not a morning person at all). Also the noise of the waves hitting the bow was relaxing but I didn't like the constant motion at the front; it was only bad on one portion of the trip when the ship was fighting the current rather than sailing with the current.
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We cruise at least twice a year and like to have a cabin on the Empress deck or Upper deck. Due to breathing problems I have problems with more than 2 flights of stairs at a time and use the elevator for anything more than this. If we stay any lower, I have to get to the muster drill early to avoid the stairs and don't want to be treated like an invalid at the drill.

We like midship because of the movement in the front and rear of the ship, but will take the rear if midship is not available. At least we are usually close to the dining room there. I also like to have a cabin that is about 4-6 cabins from an elavator or stairs and not right at that area due to noise.

I don't like an inside cabin at all due to claustraphobia. On a 4-5 day cruise, we book an ocean view and on a 7 day or longer, we book a balcony. We love the fresh air and privacy, and the views of all the ports from a balcony.
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We book balcony or suite (ocean view on 1st cruise).
Due to some health issues, I need to rest alot and having a balcony keeps me somewhat connected to the world !
We usually keep 2 decks of cabins above us, although on the Spirit that didn't work. We heard chairs scraping all the time from the pool area.
Also, due to the same health issues, I really need a bathtub (can't stand too long).
Usually we book midship to minimize motion, but last June we got the last mini-suite on the Elation--up top and in front.
It wasn't bad at all. In fact, we really liked the Elation.
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We choose balconies. We are older and spend a little more time in our room than we used to do. We enjoy the ocean view without all the people noise. My wife sits on the balcony to dry her hair. I sit on the balcony to drink my scotch. In any case, the balcony gets good use.

For Eastern cruise in the Atlantic, we select a balcony room mid ship, near stairs, as low as we can get. Not to save money, but the ship’s movement is less closer to the center. For Western cruise in the Caribbean, we select a balcony room mid ship, near stairs, as high as we can get or on the stern looking backwards. The Caribbean is usually gentler and the evening skies are usually clear. Closer to heaven the better!

For Pacific crossings we are selecting a balcony room as low as we can get. We have been told that the Pacific Ocean is always nasty going from west to east. We will soon find out.

I hope that this is helpful.
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Jeraudq~~~The Pacific can be somewhat choppy. On our last cruise to Hawaii, the staff told us it is because of the tradewinds.
And~~it was a little choppy ! Not much, but enough to notice it, although few were sick.
We are headed to Hawaii again, so we are prepared to have limited use of our balcony at sea.
We got it for the port days, and to see Kilaluea as we leave at night.
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I am curious, why do you choose the category cabin you choose.

Do you want to get the best deal possible and go for the cheapest cabin?
I can cruise 3 times a year in a Cat.1a or Cat.4a cabin. As for having a Balcony, I can go topside and look around.



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I am strictly about price - we have a group of 2 - 5 of us that cruise each year and usually go by price. We have done inside and outside and have learned to enjoy both.

There are times that I would love a balcony in the morning, but I would end up waking up my roommates and having unwanted company during my me time. I just go up to the buffet, get my coffee and watch the sun come up
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On our first cruise we had an inside cabin because of cost. I swore I would never do that again! I couldn't stand knowing what time of day or night it was.

Last cruise we did OVG and were on the Empress deck and loved it. This time we booked a specific room. Our DS and his GF are going with us and the wanted a room that looked aft.

I would love to try a balcony some time but am afraid I would like it. We really don't spend that much time in the room so can't really justify the cost.
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I first go by price... I look for any discounts I can get. Carnival usually has a great Military discount by the by. I have had only outside cabins. My 2nd crusie was to Alaska it was a balcony cruise. I decided after that it was the only type for me. I love being able to step out to fresh air in my robe whenever. Without having to schlep up to another deck. This time however my friends and I are on a short cruise 4nights and splurged on a Penthouse Suite...which is funny because it is on Upper Deck not the top of the ship. I hope I don't get too spoiled. Less than 2 weeks I think 9 days :-)
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