We are traveling on Carnival Triumph January 18, 2003, and I need some advice. We booked a category 6B (ocean view) on the main deck, toward mid-ship. Now we are having second thoughts about a balcony cabin. Is having a balcony worth giving up the extra square footage in the cabin? Is the main deck too low? Is it THAT important to be mid-ship versus on the ends (history of mild seasickness on Commadore cruise 2 years ago)? Please help!!!!!
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: need cabin selection help
If you are prone to seasickness, then I would stick with the cabin you have. Yes, balconies are nice, but not a necessity to me; I don't have a problem with being on a lower level at all in an inside or outside cabin. Most balconies (unless you have a suite) barely hold two chairs and a table.
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Personally I love the balconies, but rarely pay extra for it because I think the money is better spent on other things. If you are one to have coffee, drinks, snacks, etc. in the room a lot you might find a balcony worth the extra cost.
Try to avoid the fore cabins if you are uncomfortable with the ship's motion. They tend to move more. The Main deck is several flights down from the public areas. If you can get to the Empress Deck without much extra $$$ I'd do that since the elevators are really slow.
Mid ship is best on big ships. We had a rear cabin on the Destiny and it took forever to walk to the cabin from the pool and back again. Main deck is fine. You just have two more stories of stairs to climb than you would on the Empress deck. If you don't like a lot of stairs I might see how much it is to upgrade to the Empress - stay with mid ship. If stairs don't matter I'd stay where you are as all the cabins are the same from the Riviera deck to the Empress deck in size - only color scemes are different so it is not worth the upgrade money unless it is for the location. As for seasickness - the ship is so large - about three times the size of Commodore and even in rough seas we didn't even feel the movement of the ship - we were disapointed - you didn't even know you were on a ship. That was not during a hurricane though - then I'm sure you would know it...
As for a balcony - I would take one if it was the same price and say yes it is worth giving up the square footage but I love balconies. I, like the others above, do not want to pay a forturne for one. If I'm upgraded for free or if I am going for 11 ngihts to somewhere like Panama Canal or Alaska I will think about paying for one but other than that I don't. I'll take a free upgrade though! Carnival is pretty good about upgrading the Guarantee cabins but they also always give me a back or front cabin on the guarantee which will mean a lot more walking on a ship as large as the Triumph. I haven't ever been upgraded to a balcony - just from the Riviera to Upper or Empress decks. Debbie
Mid ship...We loved the extended balcony on the Pride. Lots of room there! Personally, we won't have anything now but a balcony. I think once you have one, you'll be hooked. But again, it was an extended balcony. LOTS of room. We booked a room with a winow, an got upgraded to the extended balcony.
Whatever you choose, you'll have a great time I'm sure!