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Old March 22nd, 2008, 02:52 PM
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Default Mini Suite vs. Stan Balcony (expanded) on Carribean Princess

Never been on Carribean Princess before! Is there a big difference between the Dolphin Deck mini suite and the standard balcony cabin (expanded balcony) on Carribe Deck? Is the difference worth the extra price? Are there any perks associated with the mini-suite? Thanks.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 03:56 PM
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The standard balcony's on the Caribe deck are actually larger then the mini suites on the Dolphin deck, another bonus is that they are half covered and the mini suites are uncovered. IMO they are not worth the extra price, but in the mini suites you get 2 TV's, a larger couch and a small tub/shower that is larger than the shower in the balcony room.
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Thanks for the reply. On the ship's floor plan it really looks like the Dolphin mini-suites have larger balconies. It is very misleading. Do either of these balconies have deck chairs OR only small sitting chairs?
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I have only booked the mini-suites on Princess and I prefer them over the standard balcony. AFAIK there is no sofa in the balcony cabins.

Don't care about deck cover or an extra 2 feet on the balcony. As far as chairs go, I have had both.

Caribe deck cabins on starboard and port sides are sized 9 ft wide x 9 ft. deep and are covered by ceiling overhang for first 5 ft. When sitting under this cover, no one from above can see you.

Dolphin deck (mini-suite) cabins on starboard and port sides are sized 9 ft. wide x 7 ft. deep and have no ceiling overhang. No privacy from those standing on balconies above you.
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look at these Pix
http://travel.webshots.com/photo/259...56174329OKKTNZ and http://travel.webshots.com/photo/229...56174329JUzMnN
You can usually bribe your room steward for chaise lounges
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I would rather have the extra space inside my cabin.
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Thank you both for your very helpful comments.

Although we would rather the larger interior space, the fact that the balcony has a cover is important to us - we like spending time on our own veranda and do not want constant sun nor lots of people watching us!!

Thanks so much for the pictures (as we know, a picture is worth a thousand words). We will definitely try to get the lounge chairs.

Looking forward to the trip in June.
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I would rather have the extra space inside my cabin.
And I like more money in my wallet
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Irish Shark: Have you been on the Carribean Princess? Or are some of the ships the same? Or have you just made a study of the measurement statistics?

I don't see Carribean Princess on your list.
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They are all part of the "Grand Class" of ships. Build from the same blueprint with modifications on the newer ships. I have been on the Grand and the Golden and as far as cabins go, they are all basically the same.

I have measured the some of the balconies and I have also done research as to size and cover.
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