In another reply I mentioned poking around the different cabins. The floor plan in the brochure shows the closet to be smaller in the cabins on the 7th deck but I couldn't tell the difference sticking my head in. I think it had a folding door instead of a real one. The cabin width (a couple feet wider then the bed is long), the sleeping, sitting and balcony areas are the same as the other standard cabins. Baths are the same and huge, all have tubs, except for the SECOND bath in some of the suites, which don't have tubs. Incidentally, you will be surprised how much of a mess a walk in closet with a door that can be closed will become during a ten day cruise. The next upgrade cabins (not taking time to dig out brochure to check for what they are called, will if you email a question) are identical except for width. Room for a dressing table at the end of the bed and a much larger L shaped couch in the sitting area. The balcony is longer, since the room is wider. Stepping up from there involves bedrooms, dining rooms, butlers, etc.
We booked the lowest category, were booked into a deck ten room when we sailed. Unless you didn't opt to be eligible for an upgrade, confirm the room assignments when you check your luggage. Color codes don't seem to matter, mine was for deck seven and they got it to deck ten without trauma.
Thanks for your info. We booked last week for a December cruise. Already have been given a room assignment. Does that mean we didn't request an upgrade?
The next step up in room type is a penthouse suite. On our last cruise-our second, we booked ROS outside and were upgraded 8 levels to the top cabin beneath a mini-suite with balcony. Then, once on board, we asked if a suite were available. One was and we paid the difference between rack rate for the C class to the B class. Instead of $1000 more per person, we paid $300 for the cabin for the week.
Not sure. We booked late for category H, were told nothing was available and put on a wait list. Were told we would be sailing at that price, just didn't know where we would be sleeping. Ended up category D.
In the past I've been given a choice when booking of selecting a room in the category I paid for or being placed on a list that guaranteed no less than the room I paid for but with the possibility of receiving an upgrade. Downside is that if you don't get an upgrade, they select the room. I prefer to pick the room but glad we didn't in Mariner. Next time we will opt for the suite for the added width, even if it is only a few feet. The worst room in Mariner is still really good.
Hmm, interesting. I requested to H class that wasn't available so I requested G and got it. I was a bit peeved that I had to pay $250 pp more for an identical room. Is there a way to, instead, request to be wait listed for H even though I'm booked in a G?
I gather you think the $1000pp difference is worth it for a C cabin?
A thousand dollar difference - no. We normally opt for the largest single room available but were very comfortable in the standard floorplan. The only difference in the two categories on deck seven is the location. There was the belief that the rooms closest to the elevators and casino might be a little noisy but there was enough distance and partitions that it seemed adequately isolated to me.
Except for a minor difference in the closet in the rooms on deck seven, the only difference between any of the standard rooms as you move up is simply the perspective of being higher. Except for when in port, I don't see how that mattered. I suppose it meant something to the snoots in the evening when everyone was hanging over the rail of their balcony to be looking down on the rest of the guests instead of up.
Anne can explain the machinations of the upgrading politics better than me. I usually pay through the nose to get the room I want. This time, the lowest price was all I was willing to pay. Couldn't guarantee a room because the were booked, same as the situation you encountered. Instead of pushing a more expensive cabin, the RSSC rep recommended I opt for the standby list. Lucked out with a cabin on deck ten. Can't hurt to ask. A no from Nebraska or where ever their corporate headquarters is should be far enough away not to bother you.
We just got back yesterday. We did a Penthouse B. I wanted the extra width to have a better view, cause so much of the Alaska cruise is scenery that is floating by. We could sit on the balcony, sip rum and cokes and watch the amazing scenery go by. The observation lounge would get full, and unless you were front row, when something interesting went by every one stood up in front of you.
I would not do the bigger room for a Med cruise, but I thought it worked out great for Alaska.
We have sailed on both the Navigator and Mariner. We definately prefer the Mariner. In fact, we really didn't care for the Navigator very much. True, the rooms are larger, but the layout of the ship was not very cruiser friendly (this ship was not originally built for Radisson as a cruise ship ) and on this particular cruise the attitude of the officers on the ship was very condescending (sp?) Our cabin was about mid-ship and there was a noticeable vibration in our cabin (it really only bothered us when we were trying to fall asleep at night). The food was delicious.
We recently cruised the Mariner and loved every aspect of this ship. We spent 18 days on the Mariner and are leaving for Alaska next week on the Mariner. (get the picture). We love the Mariner: the excellent food in the Compass Rose, both alternate restaurants, the internet access (very reasonable), friendly crew, the ship's layout, no uncomfortable ship vibration, etc.
The only negative I could report (for both ships)is in the quality of the entertainment on board which I rate as "below average-poor".
I have saile on each of them twice. While I prefer the slightly larger size of the Navigator, as well as the more spacious bathroom (with separate shower and tub), I much prefer the alternate dining venues added to the Mariner. Service, amenities seem to be the same on both. I will book either ship in the future if the itinerary and pricing are what I want.