The mini-suites have a sitting area, larger bathroom (tub vs shower stall), extra tv (useless in my opinion since it's so close to the other one). No butler or free laundry. Depending on cabin location, many have totally open balconies due to the staggerd decks.
We were upgraded to a mini-suite once. It was ok, but for my money, I'd rather book a BB on the Caribe deck. The balconies are partially covered so I can get some shade at times.
Can't answer about taxi in Seattle...never been there.
We've never booked a mini-suite, but having a tub/shower would be nice. We sailed to Alaska on the Golden Princess last month. Taxi from SEA-TAC to pier was $38. Town car service was $40.00. To check rates, pick up the phone for Ground Transportation in the baggage area. Ask the operator for rates to the pier for taxi vs. town car. We opted for the town car. For the return trip to the airport, our driver was ready and waiting for us as we disembarked.
One of the differences between a Princess Balcony cabin and a mini-suite is the seating area. A balcony cabin only has a chair and a vanity chair for seating. A mini-suite has a couch and a vanity chair which we prefer. On RCI the balcony cabins have a mini or regular couch depending on which catagory you book. With regard to the 2 tv next to each other, we are bringing headphone with a long extension just in case one want to watch something early, late or even another program without disturbing the other.
Teresa and Larry
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they say you get a "glass of champagne" with your mini suite too.
i would also like to know more about the mini suites. i am an inside cabin kinda person but the next trip i'm planning is to get married and i can't imagine hanging out with my bridesmaids and getting ready for my big day in a closet.
figuring i'll end up on dolphin deck (diamond). will i have a fair amount of privacy or is everything all open or situated so that people on other decks are looking into your balcony/cabin?
and how many people could comfortably "hang out" in the room?
If you book a minisuite on the Emerald Deck (there are very few - all at the back of the ship), you will have the exact same interior space, but a completely covered, private balcony. If you can get one of the very back two - you'll have a huge extended balcony. However, those usually get booked up first, so may have trouble securing one! Enjoy!