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Old August 29th, 2006, 09:26 PM
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Default True square footage of rooms with balconies

OK, I'm confused. I'm looking at the Vision for Thanksgiving 07 and the listing for example for Category D1 Balcony says 195 square feet, balcony 41 square feet. My question is this: is 195 INCLUDING the balcony or is this room really bigger than the other non-balcony and interior rooms? Most rooms are around the 151 mark. I'm just trying to justify the increase in price for this room.

Also, for anyone who's sailed to Mexico, does a balcony or window matter at all? It does for Alaska but I haven't sailed Mexico before.

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January 2003 Navigator to Eastern Caribbean
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Old August 29th, 2006, 10:01 PM
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I can tell you this for sure. Last October I was on the Mariner of the Seas in the D1 catagory, which had 206 sq ft in the room and 42 sq ft for the balcony, and that is what they were, 206 in the cabin and 42 for the balcony! It was an awesome cabin, I believe in always getting a balcony if you can, no matter what the cruise, but that is me, other opinions very.

My wife and I will be on the Vision of the Seas on October 1st for it's first sailing to Mexico this year and we will be in the D1 catagory on the Vision.

Majesty of the Seas - 10/03 & 02/07 & 11/08
Enchantment of the Seas - 10/04 & 10/11
Mariner of the Seas - 10/05
Vision of the Seas - 10/06 & 09/07
Carnival Liberty - 10/07
Adventure of the Seas - 9/08
Ruby Princess - 12/09
Voyager of the Seas - 9/10
Carnival Spirit - 11/10
Oasis of the Seas - 9/13
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Old August 29th, 2006, 10:13 PM
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Thanks, Scott. This increased square footage would certainly make sense if we have our 4 and 6 year old in the room with us....plus give us the balcony.

Thanks for the feedback!

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Old August 30th, 2006, 10:43 AM
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I agree that "RCI" is accurate with their separate measures and I didn't like it when a competitor just used the "including balcony" measurement. And you are right that a balcony isn't necessary for the view in Mexico but it sure does open up the room. My Mom used to be the "book anything, I'm never in the room" UNTIL I booked the balcony! Guess who stays in the room and enjoys HER balcony now?
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Old September 8th, 2006, 12:46 PM
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Kudos to RCI.

Previous cruises:
Rhapsody - W. Caribbean - 2004; Rhapsody - W. Caribbean - 2005; Sovereign - Bahamas - 2005; Enchantment - Canada/NE - 2005; Rhapsody - W. Caribbean - 2006: Vision - Alaska - 2006
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Navigator - E. Caribbean - 11/2006
Vision - West Coast - 4/2007
Grandeur - Canada/N.E. - 9/2007
Voyager of the Seas -"R"W. Caribbean - 1/2008
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