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Old December 4th, 2007, 07:55 PM
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Has anyone every had a bad experience by booking the balcony guarantee?
My TA says she's never known anyone who did, to get an obstructed view.
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Arent all the obstructed 7As? If you book a balcony guarantee you will get at least a 8A. Not the 7A with the view of the lifeboats.
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I have never had a bad experience booking a guarantee, period.
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Old December 4th, 2007, 11:09 PM
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Hmmm....
When we booked the Pearl last year we were offered a balcony gaurantee.
Our TA was a little vague on what that really meant.
Booking an actual balcony cost 200.00 apiece.
I went for it because I wanted to make sure we got one.
Did I waste 400.00?
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We use to do balcony guarantees and always got nice cabins. If you don't care where your cabin is on the ship - front, middle, back, under the gym, or under the lido deck, etc, then a guarantee is great and you can save $.

Now we like to pick our cabin out because we want it between passenger decks and not right next to the elevators or stairs for less noise. On our last cruise, we were upgraded to a suite all the way forward and under the gym. This was not a good upgrade expect for the larger cabin and free laundry. We couldn't use our balcony while cruising because it was much too windy and we were directly under the treadmills which woke us up each morning at 7 a.m. My sister did a cabin guarantee on her last cruise and got stuck under the galley. It was a nightmare!! They got no sleep all week.
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Old December 5th, 2007, 12:28 PM
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From your post I made the right decision.
We had a midship cabin and except for the fight next door we had a very peaceful and quiet trip.
NCL even posted a steward outside the next door cabin ALL NIGHT.
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Old December 5th, 2007, 11:52 PM
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We bought a bal guar. for our first cruise coming up in Jan and we just got out room assignment the other day. If I would have picked this room I would have paid about $200 pp more. We are on the Panorama under the salon. Seems like it shouldbe a good room, don't you think
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I've always booked balcony guarantees.........never had a problem.
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I booked a balcony guarantee once or twice and never got an abstructed view, hopefully you won't either. As long as you are flexible as to where your cabin is located, its a good deal and you can save a few dollars.
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The last 4 years we booked "military balcony guarantees" every one was somewhere on the upper deck 8A. 19 cruises with CCL and were upgraded 2 times to a higher deck same room type. So we no longer even worry about the upgrade fairy , it just don't happen that many times. Never had a problem. Just got the room number for the Freedom and upper deck again. Should get the Miracle cabin number next week'
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Thanks everyone. So what I've learned here is.... book the BG until I get stuck in a bad place.... Otherwise I could get lucky and save lots of money meantime...
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Hi Ferrangi,
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OK...
Help me understand a little bit more.
What is the cost of a balcony guarantee?
Is it the same as a good exterior (next lower class)?

If you book a BC, what is the worst possible cabin you will get?

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OK...
Help me understand a little bit more.
What is the cost of a balcony guarantee?
Is it the same as a good exterior (next lower class)?

If you book a BC, what is the worst possible cabin you will get?

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The worst you will get is a 8A, someone said the 8As are on upper deck, but I would guess this could change from one ship to another.

You will NOT get a obstructed 7A balcony, but Iv seen where some got upgraded to a 9A even and then were not sure what to think. You have to be prepared to get a 8A or higher cabin...... anywhere on the ship. There are no balconys on the lowest decks, so you will never wind up there.

The worst Iv heard is below the lido pool deck where you can hear chairs scraping as the above deck is uncarpeted. Depends on your tolerance for noise. Iv been below the spa and the treadmills and loved the cabin, the treadmills whomp whomp whomp was white noise during the day. We could tune it out and loved being on the Lido deck near everything.
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Thank you
I'm still a little confused.
8A...I know is the eight deck.
Wouldn't 'A' best the best cabin on that deck?
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Thank you
I'm still a little confused.
8A...I know is the eight deck.
Wouldn't 'A' best the best cabin on that deck?
8A, 8B, 8C, the 8 = balcony

(4s are inside, 6s are outside with windows).

The A = the lowest deck with balconys. B = the next deck UP, C is the deck above that. On the Conquest for example, A would be Upper deck. All the balconys are pink on the deck plans on the whole deck that are regular balconys.

Deck B of Balconys would be the Empress Deck on the Conquest. See all the cabins in kinda green, those are the B balonys.

The two on the back corners in the aft in dark green on the Empress are 9A wrap balconys, a coveted place, a little more expensive than the 8s.

The aft balconys are usually more sought out than other locations, maybe because there are fewer, but folks say they love watching the wake. There are more balconys across the back that you probably wouldnt get with a guarantee. If you are picky, then you probably have to pay extra. If you are just starting out cruising, go with the guarantee until you find that perfect location, then you can pick a cabin later on.
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I have a silly question I have a cabin booked for February on a back to back, I took a guarantee for the second week, it will be a different room as it is not for sale any more, but my question is They are getting low on balconies, for that week, so will I get one that is still up for sale or is mine set aside already, I do not have my assignment yet.
I booked a bal quarantee, and have never done this.
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Twice we've booked a 7A (obstructed) balcony guarantee. Both times we were upgraded....once to an 8D and once to an 8F. It was quite a bit cheaper than booking an 8 guarantee so worked out really well for us. Also, alot of people don't realize that if you get your cabin assignment and don't like your location you can ask to be moved to an available cabin in the category you've been assigned. We received the 8F assignment and it was in the front of the ship so we called our PVP and she got us moved to a great aft location....no additional cost
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I'm still a little confused.
8A...I know is the eight deck.
Wouldn't 'A' best the best cabin on that deck?
8A, 8B, 8C, the 8 = balcony

(4s are inside, 6s are outside with windows).

The A = the lowest deck with balconys. B = the next deck UP, C is the deck above that. On the Conquest for example, A would be Upper deck. All the balconys are pink on the deck plans on the whole deck that are regular balconys.

Deck B of Balconys would be the Empress Deck on the Conquest. See all the cabins in kinda green, those are the B balonys.

The two on the back corners in the aft in dark green on the Empress are 9A wrap balconys, a coveted place, a little more expensive than the 8s.

The aft balconys are usually more sought out than other locations, maybe because there are fewer, but folks say they love watching the wake. There are more balconys across the back that you probably wouldnt get with a guarantee. If you are picky, then you probably have to pay extra. If you are just starting out cruising, go with the guarantee until you find that perfect location, then you can pick a cabin later on.
Flowers, Thank you very much for trying to help me.
I have since realized that you are answering me specific to Carnival Cruise lines. I was asking for any cruise line.
I just checked the doc's I still have from NCL and see that we booked BA which is the best balcony and it was on the tenth deck, mid ships.
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