I´m sure this has been asked a thousand times already but I thought I´d ask again. Has anyone here booked a guarenteed cabin before? If so, what are your thoughts about it? If not, why not?
The deal that dh and I are looking into involves a guarenteed cabin with balcony. If we decide to choose which cabin we´d like, the cost, of course, goes up considerably. The cruise we´re looking into is two weeks long with lots of sea days. Right now I´m kinda clueless about the issue!
I've booked a "gurantee" and had no problems at all. They most important thing to remember is this...always book the category cabin that you would be happy with. For instance, you can book an inside category, outside category or a balcony category. That way you know that no matter what cabin you are assigned, it is what you wanted. Then there is always the small possibility of the upgrade. If a particular cabin is not important to you, then by all means, book a gurantee.
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Karen, We have gotten a guarantee twice, the first time got bumped up and had a really nice cabin. Second time, it was way in the front fo the ship and was pretty rocky when trying to sleep, because we had some rough weather. We are spoiled, so won't do that again. I would say you will be on the ship for 2 weeks, pay the extra and know where you are located so you aren't stuck way in the front, unless this doesn't bother you then go for the guarantee. Good Luck.
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Re: Ever booked a guarenteed cabin?
Kate - what ship or line are you asking about?
I have done guarantees twice (with good results) and have another guarantee booked for Alaska this summer. As others have said, book the minimum category guarantee you would be happy with.
If I am reading your post correctly, it will be a BALCONY guarantee, so I don't think you could go too wrong unless you are above a nightclub or theater or under the galley. If it were me, I would save the bucks and take the chance (and bring ear plugs along just in case! lol)
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We currently have a balcony garantee on our upcoming cruise in May. Last May we had a 14 day repositioning cruise on the NCL Dawn, fortunately we were put into a cabin mid ship deck 9. It was great! We have booked garantees (3) prior times, twice our cabins were upgraded to an okay location. One time we were upgraded to a cabin directly under the theater floor. OMG, it was TERRIBLE. Since the ship was sold out we were out of luck! I have also met others who were upgraded to less than desirable locations like over the galley, dining room, or under the disco. Sometimes it is best to book a cabin with cabins under and over you where there isn't as much noise. Also I know a lot of folks like aft cabins. I am not a fan since there is lots of vibration. Last year we made friends with a couple that had a suite in the very front of the ship. The wife got horrible seasickness from all the motion, whereas we were fine because we were in the dead center of the ship. Two weeks of nausaea is not good.