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Old May 18th, 2009, 01:40 PM
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I'm booked with an interior room. Is it too late to upgrade to a balcony?
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I'm booked with an interior room. Is it too late to upgrade to a balcony?
Are you willing to give them more money? When is your cruise? If they have balconies room available they would be more then happy to upgrade (as long as you pay) to a balcony.
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It all depends on if there is balcony cabins left and what fare code you booked. You will have to call your TA or PVP to find out what is avilable and what the cost will be to upgrade.
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Yes, I'm willing to pay for it. We don't cruise until September and it still shows balcony rooms available online. I'm just not sure if I would need to pay the difference between the price I paid and the current balcony rate or the difference between the current price for my statement room category and the current balcony room.
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Yes, I'm willing to pay for it. We don't cruise until September and it still shows balcony rooms available online. I'm just not sure if I would need to pay the difference between the price I paid and the current balcony rate or the difference between the current price for my statement room category and the current balcony room.
That's a good question. Did you book early saver fare? Did you recieve a refund for a price adjustment? My guess (I could be wrong) is you pay the difference bewteen the cost you paid on the interior and the current cost of the balcony. Did you book with a TA? If not then call Carnival directly and ask about it. Good luck, I love balcony rooms. The cat 9A is more expensive, but it has an extended balcony. I have mostly done 8As because that is what I can afford.
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You can upgrade not matter which fare category you booked. You will have to pay the difference, but if this isn't an issue for you then you will be able to get a good balcony stateroom as long as you are careful in selecting. Remember, the only equally good views on a ship are from an inside stateroom, so select your balcony location carefully and call to confirm that the stateroom is still available(the online system doesn't necessarily reflect the most current availability).
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even if you can't upgrade to a balcony at least see if you can get an oceanview - my cruisemates didn't realize we had oceanviews and couldn't believe the size of Carnival's cabins. They expected a hole in the wall. When you book your next cruise, you'll be a past guest and if you book early enough, you may save some money.

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As long as you see available balconies, you should easily be able to upgrade your cabin.

Let us know what your t/a was able to do for you.
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When the final payment is due, many cabins open up, due to cancellations, so if one is not available now, there will be I will bet on that...selection of a balcony cabin is easy, so, not to worry
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We upgraded a week ahead of our cruise. Our cruise agent called with an opening (we didnt request this). We had partial view due to a life boat. Since we had a 7day cruise change from a 5 to Mexico, I decided we could use the extra room, couch w/coffee table. After all was said and done we agreed that our stateroom from last year with a picture window did just fine, especially since we didn't have an obscured view and we were at level U. Have fun!
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If it’s your first cruise, don’t upgrade. Enjoy your interior room, enjoy the ship, find reasons to be on the deck all the time. Sleep late, the sun won't bother you here.

On your second cruise, if you feel inclined, get an ocean view room. Enjoy the sunshine and view. Explore the ship, go to all the shows. Get up early and enjoy the sun rise from the top most deck.

On or after your 3rd cruise, go ahead and book a balcony. Uh, oh. Now forget exploring the ship and going to shows. Enjoy the views and the sounds of the rushing water. The peace and tranquility of the sea. Watching the ship enter a new port every day in your jammies. Eat breakfast watching the sun rise in your own private space. Run inside and grab your camera for great shots that you would not have gotten if you had to run from the Lido deck to your room for your camera. Look for dolphins and flying fish. Watch the stragglers running back to the ship in port.

Enjoy the other types of rooms first. They’re never the same once you’ve gone Balcony.
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Actually booking an inside is not the best option for everyone on their first cruise. I would need a minimum ocean view if at all possible due to claustrophobia.
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Well, through a series of misunderstandings etc... on our first cruise we upgraded from a balcony to a cat 11 (only 80pp),
And now, I have no problem not ever experiencing the inside or ocean veiw cabins....
I don't have to book the cat 11 everytime, but I need/love my balcony.
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You may or you may not enjoy to have an interior cabin on your first cruise. If you enjoy it, great! If you don't enjoy it you may decide that you never want to cruise again and then you miss some of the the best things in life!

I should never recommend a firsttime cruiser to book a cabin without at least a window. The difference in price between the interior cabins and the cheapest cabins with a window is normally not very big either so go for at least an oceanview cabin.

We have enjoyed our balconycabins much in the past but on our last cruise we had a suite...
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I had an inside cabin on my first cruise, and I really enjoyed it. We sailed from NYC on the Triumph and had an inside cabin on the Riviera deck. I was very impressed with the size of the cabin, but then again, I had nothing to compare it to. I didn't mind an inside cabin back then, I was too excited and wouldn't have minded being on the lowest deck with the employees if it came to that.

When I booked my second cruise on the Ecstasy from Long Beach, I booked an oceanview cabin, and I've never turned back. I love to sit on the bed and just gaze out onto the water. I refuse to pay for an inside cabin. Unless someone else is paying for my cruise I will always go with an outside cabin. My goal is to be able to have enough money to pay for a balcony. Until that time comes, I will always book an oceanview cabin on the Riviera deck. I think it's the quietest deck on the ship.
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Talk with your travel agent. You will have to pay however on some cruises we find the extra cost is well worth it.
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Have to agree with you Bill, we actually spend a good amount of time on the balcony, well worth the extra cost.
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One thing I haven't seen mentioned: I always travel with my daughter, who is a smoker, and I am not. She smokes out on the balcony and keeps our room smoke-free. We would never sailed without a balcony.
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We just got off The Inspiration Suite V22 and thought this cabin was not worth the money they charge for the balcony.

We were lucky because they took off like $300 dollars for each of us because we were working the early saver discounts.

Last May we got off the Glory had a suite on the empress deck it had three separate rooms and the balcony was huge. That was worth the money.
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