We are traveling in quite a large group (2 families, 7 children..) I have 3 cabins reserved. My husband and teenage son are in one, my 16 yr. old daughter and I are in one, and my daughters two 16 yr. old friends are in a cabin close to mine. Supposedly these cabins only hold 2 people each so I made the decision to put my daughter in mine instead of upgrading the third cabin to hold three because of the $$. So here is my question, I would be willing to bet that my daughter is going to crash with her friends in their cabin at least a few times during our cruise...am I going to be in deep doodoo if my cabin steward sees that my room's second guest is MIA and the other cabin has gained a third guest, or is this a non issue. I have visions of us being booted off the boat by the cruise police. Should I be worried? Lynn
phew! fern and michelle, thanks for the reassurance. I would stay with my husband but he snores like a wild bear (we have separate bedrooms at home). My son will be 15 and like most teenage boys can sleep through anything...Lynn
As long as the appropriate number of cabins are booked and paid for, no one will care who sleeps where. We travel with young kids (4 & 8) and have experience with this.
The issue of people per cabin is primarily a Coast Guard requirement -- there might be 200 cabins on board that are CAPABLE of holding 4 people (dare I say comfortably?), but the line cannot book 4 people in all 200 of those cabins because if they do, and all of the other cabins are full have 2 passengers each, they may end up with too many people on board the ship. I've had experience where I've checked price and availability, down to a specific cabin, on day and priced a specific cabin for 4 people; then go to actually book a week later, go for that exact same cabin, and can no longer book it for 4. It is not that the cabin can't hold that many, it is just no longer allowed to be SOLD for 4. In that case, I've had to book 2 cabins with the full understanding of the cruise line that all 4 people will actually be staying in the original cabin. But by having 4 split into 2 cabins, they are sure that the TOTAL capacity of the ship is not exceeded. This is a long example to illustrate the one point that is most important to the OP -- the ship is most concerned about the TOTAL number on board, not any particular cabin.
Yep, I know what you mean! The only reason I have a firm understanding is that, when the case I mentioned in my example happened to us, you can bet I went in search of a detailed explanation as to why I could book a speciifc cabin and a specific sailing for 4 people one day, then a few days later could not book that exact same cabin on that exact same sailing for the same 4 people.
For an even clearer understanding, consider this -- if I booked that cabin I wanted for 4 people, and they later sold the second cabin (the additional cabin I ended up having to take) with 2 people, that would be a total of 6 on the boat in those 2 cabins. By requiring my family to take both cabins for the 4 of us, they've reduced the total number on the boat by 2, thus staying within the approved capacity for the ship.
Obviously the cruise lines don't want to build a boat big enough to be approved for 4 people in every cabin, because the majority of cabins will only be booked with 2 people -- to have the capacity for 4 per cabin, the ship would end up with a lot of excess capacity (might be nice, extra elbow room and all, for us, but not good business for the line) so they have to manage capacity in this way.