Okay, right now RCI is offering on my cruise in May a "Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom" Guarantee for LESS than what I paid for a promenade stateroom. I paid in full in February. The customer service person did tell me that she could change my reservation to interior stateroom Guarantee, but "forgot" to tell me I could up grade.
SHOULD I call back and upgrade to the stateroom with the balcony.......... and let them assign me anywhere? Or should I keep my deck 6 Promenade stateroom on Voyager!
Agreed - take the guarantee. While you may be concerned not to know which cabin they'll place you in they will find a home for you. Once we got bumped four levels into a suite with butler. Whenever the guarantee is available we grab it!
Enjoy your trip.
Thanks everyone. I am just nervous because it's my first cruise. I am kind of afraid they'd push me somewhere on the bottom of the ship where it's noisy or something. I liked the idea of being midship........... but I like the balcony idea more.
The down side is that I wouldn't have a say where I'm going to be placed on the ship. I'm concerned about motion as this is my first cruise.
EDITED TO SAY: Just checked RCI's page and the deluxer oceanview sale is off. I will continue to keep checking this next month. I talked with a regular cruiser who told me that balcony or no, I might end up with a cabin away from the middle of the ship and feel more motion. She told me that if I'd picked my cabin already and it was in a good location, I should seriously consider whether I want to change it.
I'm hoping that RCI discounts my cabin eventually and that I get some $$$$ back! Wishful thinking though.
I wouldn't worry much about the location- all balconies are on Deck 6 or higher, and these ships feature very efficient layouts.
They also have very effective stabilizers, so for most of the trip you're not going to notice much motion... the exception might be when the ship is traveling at slower speeds- (9 knots or less) when in my opinion, the stabilizers are less effective.
I'm sensitive to motion too, but it didn't bother me.....
Keith and Carol
Dawn Princess 2/02
Grand Princess 3/03
Adventure of the Seas 3/04
The one and only time I booked a balcony guarantee, they put me in a cabin at the very front of the ship overlooking the bow. Like you, I was concerned about the location since I always try to get a cabin at midship to lessen the motion and be more convenient to the public spaces. This was on Princess and fortunately it was a small ship so the extra walking was not a big deal; we did feel some considerable motion but it did not affect me, thank goodness. However my friend was seasick once on formal night and had to go to bed right after getting all dressed up for dinner...
It is my feeling that the guarantee bookings are whatever cabins are left over and therefore are in the least desireable location. I suppose one can get lucky however if the ship is not sold out. In my experience, I had made my reservation 10 months in advance and requested to be as close to midship as possible. Imagine my dismay when I discovered where they put me! Also, I am a Captains Circle member as a past passenger of Princess which apparently made no difference in the cabin assignment.
So...it is a risk and if you enjoy taking a gamble then you might want to go for it. Personally, I will never do it again. Location and convenience are important to me.
Thanks. After talking it over with hubby we agreed to keep our promenade cabin midship. It's my first time cruising and we don't know how I will respond to motion. Better the known than the unknown on this first trip! :-)