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Old October 19th, 2006, 08:49 AM
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Hi All,
I’ve been reading the boards and have seen a lot of good advice. I’m still a little confused though. I want to book a cruise for a family of five… 2 adults, and 3 girls 6, 10, and 11. I’m not really concerned about being crowded in the room because when we vacation, we spend very little time in the room. What is the least expensive way to book? Should a family suite or adjoining rooms?
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Old October 19th, 2006, 11:04 AM
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you really have to do a side by side price comparison.
Sometimes it is cheaper to book a suite over two rooms, depending upon what type of rooms you choose.
Compare the pricing this way: Family Suite
Junior or Mini-Suite
2 inside staterooms
2 oceanview staterooms
1 balcony w/1 inside
1 oceanview w/1 inside
a plus to having two rooms is that you get two bathrooms.
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I like the idea of having two bathrooms since I'll be the only male. Otherwise it will be a long wait!
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Lisa has good advice -- it really varies per line which is the most cost effective way to go using her examples of options. We'd love to know what you find out and decide. Keep us posted pls!

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I don't know what is the least expensive, but connecting rooms are a great option
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You could always book a Carnival cruise- they allow you to squeeze 5 people in an inside room. Plus, their cabins are usually pretty cheap, and their 3rd/4th/5th guest rates are even cheaper!

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we have always gone with the adjoining rooms, two bathrooms really come in handy when you're trying to get everyone thru the showers and off the boat for a port excursion first thing in the morning, also handy on the dress up nights when the girls want their hair to look just so before they'll agree to be seen in public ! : )

Make sure the girls find the kids clubs the first evening, check in and go to the meet and greet, this lets them know they're not the only kids on the cruise, and gives them friends to pal around with for the remainder of the trip.
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We decided that it is worth the expense to get two connecting rooms. The kids fall asleep pretty early and we can throw a towel over the connecting door and pull it closed, but it can't accidentally shut. They stay on a sort of sleep schedule and we have a grown up room to hang out and watch a movie or such. Two bathrooms are a bonus, as is more closet and drawer space, but we do it for sleeping purposes mostly.

Glen - for the guys, I hear the shower in the gym is the best way to avoid the girls and get showered, dressed and ready in your own sweet time! I've heard you find a lot of dads there on formal nights!
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There is five in our family and we booked a balcony with an adjoing state room for all of us. I will need the 2 baths as i have me my DD,s who is 18 ,and 12 and my DS is 14 they are worse then me and DH when it comes time for gettign ready for anything. We are looking forward to our cruise we are putting 3 in one room and 2 in the other i didnt know you could get discount on 3rd inthe room i will have to let my brother inlaw know as he booked the cruise for us.
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Hi All,
I’ve been reading the boards and have seen a lot of good advice. I’m still a little confused though. I want to book a cruise for a family of five… 2 adults, and 3 girls 6, 10, and 11. I’m not really concerned about being crowded in the room because when we vacation, we spend very little time in the room. What is the least expensive way to book? Should a family suite or adjoining rooms?
Thanks.
Glen
Two connecting inside cabins would be the least expensive option and provide enough space for all without being too crowded. Book early as connecting cabins fill up fast on family friendly ships!
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