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Old December 21st, 2006, 04:10 PM
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Default Is the extra money spent for a grand suite worth it?

We are booked on the Mariner next December. We currently have just a regular balcony cabin, however, would like to know more about the Grand Suites. Have anyone stayed in these, and is the extra money worth it? It states we would have access to the concierge lounge and concierge service. What does this all entail? And is it a nice benefit for the extra cost? How about the balcony bigger? We are travelling with a group of six and it would be nice to have a place to hang out.
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- It looks like the GS is $3600 more than an E2 Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom.

- Room and balcony sizes are:
GS 390 sq. ft., balcony 89 sq. ft
E2 184 sq. ft., balcony 46 sq. ft

- You are entitled to use the Concierge Lounge on Deck 9. This windowless room features continental breakfast and a cocktail hour and free appetizers before dinner.

- Upon request, the concierge on duty handles special requests for reservations -- the alternative restaurants, spa, etc.
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That's about it. Is it worth about $3600 more? That is up to you.
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We had a Grand Suite on the Navigator. It was very nice. The balcony was large and we used it quite a bit. The room was large, we had plenty of space. The bathroom was huge. We hardly used the concierge lounge or its services at all, so I can't really comment on that area. It seems like $3600 more is very steep. I'm not sure it would be worth it. But that's up to you. Do you spend alot of time in your cabin? Have a fun cruise.
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The price differential is an approximation. I don't know what date the cruise is in 12.07. So I just picked an "average" crusie out in 2008 somewhere.

However, here are the real diffentials:

- 12.02.07 $4008
- 12.09.07 $4008
- 12.16.07 $4008
- 12.23.07 $10,800
- 12.30.07 $10,800

These prices are from the RCI Web Site and do not include any discounts that one may be able to get.

So my medium price is off a liitle/a lot. So, I have to ask the question, $4008 or $10,800 more? Pretty darn stiff to me.
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$10,800 more? That's outlandish. Why would anyone pay that much more? I for sure wouldn't do it. A balcony is a balcony.
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That's two cruises in a JS. :o
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Thank you all...I definately have now made up my mind...we will stay where we are at
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I just noticed your cruise banner! :o How did I miss that?

Now, you have 12.08.07 as your crusie date. Something is amiss. Either that is wrong or the RCI Web Site is wrong. The cruise is on 12.09.07.

Ship Name: Mariner Of The Seas
Departure Port: Port Canaveral, Florida
Ports of Call: Port Canaveral, Florida; Cococay, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Port Canaveral, Florida
2007 Date(s): Oct 14 , Oct 28 , Nov 11 , Nov 25 , Dec 09 , Dec 23

Ship Name: Mariner Of The Seas
Departure Port: Port Canaveral, Florida
Ports of Call: Port Canaveral, Florida; Labadee, Haiti; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; Port Canaveral, Florida
2007 Date(s): Oct 07 , Nov 04 , Nov 18 , Dec 02 , Dec 16 , Dec 30
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The GS is a very nice room for entertaining. We had one as an apology from "RCI" and it was VERY nice. We decided it wasn't worth the money for us so we would wait until we did another transatlantic to book one. That time has come, Nav on 04/14/07, so we even splurged for an "Owner's" and I doubt that we will regret the extra expense (we usually alternate between a "D" and JS").

Just throwing it out there for those that didn't see the prior posts on transatlantic crossings, that it's a great time to check out the suite pricing.
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Yes, that is true, the cruise leaves on the 9th, however...we are flying out to Orlando on the 8th and spending the night.

Thank you all for your responses.
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I have always been in a Grand Suite, but I travel with 2 teenagers. One girl 18 with tons of outfit changes and one son who is 6'4" and his shoes are size 14. (so are his daddy"s) I don't think clothes shoes and the 4 of us would fit in anything smaller. some times you have to look at all the info first.
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My husband and I stayed in the Grand Suite a few years ago for our 10 year anniversary and it was definitely worth the money! The room was spacious and elegant, the balcony was huge and the Concierge service was awesome. If you enjoy cocktail hour, it's a big plus. From 5-8 p.m. you have access to a private lounge where the drinks are free-flowing and complimentary and you have the use of a concierge at your beck and call to book all your excusions, salon/restaurant appointments, etc. So if you're looking for the "royal" experience with lot s of pampering, I say go for it. The only downside is that it spoils you-- My husband and I will never go "standard" again after cruising in style like that.

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We usually get cat D1 verandah cabin, last year we sprung for the Grand Suite on the Serenade and LOVED it! Wow, we had a butler and a cabin attendant, free drinks and canapes every evening, continental breakfast every morning and felt totally special! Would do it again.
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My husband and I took our 2 year old 3 years ago on the Explorer in a GS and were amazed at the incredible details and treatment. We loved it so much we will not step down. We booked on Serenade 1.5 years later in a GS as well which had a much nicer Concierge Lounge with huge windows looking out over the sea. It's not just the Lounge experience; the quality decor, marble floors and bathroom, very spacious living area and balcony and first class treatment are just part of it! We didn't find that it was too much more (maybe $1000) total) for the difference for 3 pp. When considering this is a well deserved vacation, we like the first class treatment. We are going on the Explorer again on 3.18.07 in a GS and cannot wait! I think it was around $4800 for 3 pp and this is during Spring Break. If you are not in your cabin much at all, maybe don't pay the extra but if you want royal treatment...go for the GS! WE LOVE IT!
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For the OP it would be $4008 MORE. Kind of steep.

On our Xmas/NY cruise in 12.07, RCI priced the GS at the same price as a JS. Now that is a deal and they were all gone in a flash.

I am 3rd on a waiting list in case one comes open.
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If you shop for a GS there are deals. We booked on on the Voiger for March 3, 07 and the cost was only $200 more then a JS.
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