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Old April 20th, 2008, 01:30 PM
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I was wondering how many of you started out cruising in a interior room or ocean view and then moved up to a balcony room in later cruises? What was your impressions?

I will be trying a balcony for the first time on the Carnival Triumph....are they nice rooms?
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Old April 20th, 2008, 01:49 PM
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The Triumph was our 2nd. cruise. I don't think we ever had an inside stateroom. We did have one oceanview room but once we booked a balcony, we were hooked. Although small compared to a hotel room, Carnival's rooms are a little bigger, I think than RCCL. Our upcoming is our 6th. cruise and as far as I am concerned, it's at least a balcony or nothing - regardless of the cost.
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You won't regret it! I started as an interior room - then an oceanview then a balcony. As i get older, I use the balcony more and more. I ONLY go with an OV if I go with friends who can't afford the difference. But, I still have a great time! Go and enjoy!
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Balcony cabins all the way. I like my own private time away from everything and the balcony is the perfect place to go when you just want to be alone. It's also a great place to be when leaving port (if you are facing the pier/port). The suites or wrap around balconies are even sweeter because you have more room!

You will need to be prepared to book balcony cabins from now on because once you have one, you will NOT go back to an inside or oceanview without having to think long and hard! Perhaps that is why if/when I go on any of the Fantasy class I will book a Cat 11 or 12 cabin only.
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We started out with an ocean-view. Then went to a balcony. This last cruise we had a 1-A with bunk beds. Won't do the 1-A again. Hated the bunk beds. Our rule now is 5 day cruises an interior, or ocean-view is fine. Anything longer than 5 days will require a Balcony.
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I started with an inside, went to an ocean view and now have done a balcony. My November cruise is an ocean view. It makes no difference to me as we only use the room on occassion.
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I said the same thing - but the older I get - the more I use the balcony and if I have a balcony - the more I am in my room enjoying it!
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We started with Interior rooms first. Then we went to Ocean View. On one cruise our Ocean View got upgraded to a Balcony. After that we were hooked. If the ship has a Balcony we are booking it. If Ocean View is the best on the ship that's what we will take. No more Interior rooms for us.
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The Mardi Gras had three choices: Inside, one porthole, or two portholes.
The only two cabins on the ship where the beds were not bolted down in the twin position were two "king" cabins, inside near the bow. All the other cabins had twins. So we started inside, moved to a porthole, then to oceanview (picture window), next a balcony, up to an extended rear balcony, now try to secure the corner wraparound balcony anytime we can. (cat 9A on carnival). Anytime the ship is not in port, I try to be on the balcony. I love the sea air, deep blue sea, full moon, sun sets and sunrise. It is also a great place to entertain shipmates, as we generally travel with a group of 40 or so. It is very exciting launching champagne corks out into the ocean (commit them to the deep). We must finish one bottle before we can launch the next cork, kinda sets the tone for the whole cruise.
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We started out as ocean view passengers, and we have enjoyed balconys, and, would prefer them. But if circumstances dictated, I would have no compunction, about taking an ocean view...Just to sail, makes us happy:)
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I guess thats why I started out in an inside cabin -- I sailed the Mardi Gras too. Do you have the stats on the mardi gras? tonnage, etc? Its amazing - totally amazing how large these ships have grown!
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First cruise was a suite, then a balcony, then an ocean view, and last but not least an atrium on the Explorer of the Seas,the other three have all been balconies.Without a doubt the Balconies are the best choice not as expensive as a suite but you do have the privacy to view the sea without interuption by anyone and still be outside in the sea air. I believe you will enjoy it very much.
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Very first cruise was an interior cabin. Booked a balcony after that. now we enjoy the suites. The extra space is really nice.
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Our first cruise was a wraparound corner aft..It has ruined me for anything else..I would much rather pay extra$$$ for comfort than save and be uncomfortable..

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I started with a inside the first cruise then tried a window and
then went to a balcony room and cant go back.
Balcony rooms are great. I am sure a suite is very nice for the
extra room but not worth the difference in price. Not in the room
that much except to sit out on the balcony in the am early and
late at night. The rest of the day on the run. Dont want to miss
a thing going on.

Have fun you will enjoy the balcony.

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I was wondering how many of you started out cruising in a interior room or ocean view and then moved up to a balcony room in later cruises? What was your impressions?

I will be trying a balcony for the first time on the Carnival Triumph....are they nice rooms?

My family and I have been on several crusises and always got oceanview. This time we decide to get a balcony. We are also crusing on the Carnival Triumph June 22-29, 2008. When are you cruising?
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My first cruise was in a suite (not Carnival) and that spoiled me. I did do a 14 day cruise in an inside cabin and while the itinerary was fantastic I began to develop "Inside Cabin Psychosis" after three or four days.

The cabin began to get smaller and smaller and I wanted fresh air and some real daylight in the cabin.

It just shows that if the itinerary is good you can handle anything.

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I was wondering how many of you started out cruising in a interior room or ocean view and then moved up to a balcony room in later cruises? What was your impressions?

I will be trying a balcony for the first time on the Carnival Triumph....are they nice rooms?

My family and I have been on several crusises and always got oceanview. This time we decide to get a balcony. We are also crusing on the Carnival Triumph June 22-29, 2008. When are you cruising?
We are cruising Feb 22 2009 on the Triumph. Please let me know how you like the Balconies on the Triumph.
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We started out with an ocean-view. Then went to a balcony. This last cruise we had a 1-A with bunk beds. Won't do the 1-A again. Hated the bunk beds. Our rule now is 5 day cruises an interior, or ocean-view is fine. Anything longer than 5 days will require a Balcony.
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I havent tried a 1-A with bunks yet, we might. Iv heard the upper bunk has not as good of a mattress as the lower bunk. Id be the one stuck there so hoping that is not true.

Didnt answer the survery since it doesnt take price into consideration. Of course Id PREFER a suite lol, but too practical. Ill probably continue to do what seems like the best buy.
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We just booked the Conquest for Feb.1st. Yep went with a Balcony. We were able to get 7439. That is one of the two with the long balcony. It was more than what we spent in the past. The itinerary is less port intensive than others. This is why I picked a balcony. We will be spending more time on the ship. That is my excuse for booking anyway. It will be different. For what we payed for this cruise, we could have done the Ecstasy 3 times in the 1-A.
Oh Well it will be fun.
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I too started in an inside cabin. Next several cruises was oceanviews. If I do a oceanview cabin, it will be Cat. 6a or higher. No 5a 's for me. (Portholes )
Then we booked a balcony. That hooked me Now on cruises that I don't have a balcony, I miss it Our next cruise is a Balcony.

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I said the same thing - but the older I get - the more I use the balcony and if I have a balcony - the more I am in my room enjoying it!
I agree with you. We also use the balocny a lot more than we used to. It is so nice to just sit out there with coffee or adrink and watch the world go by!

HI David, me too, first couple oftimes inside cabins, then we hit the big time with a large window, I would sit in the window on the ledge to watch the sea. Then we had a great deal on a balcony, that was it for us.
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