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Old July 15th, 2013, 01:09 PM
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I just booked a cruise in a couple of months on the Allure. I saved $300. on a "balcony guarantee," but recently found out there are INSIDE balconies over the Boardwalk and Central Park. I don't want an inside balcony, I want to see the water. Can I refuse to take an inside balcony cabin if I am offered it?
Also, anyone have an idea when they assign "guaranteed" rooms?
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Old July 15th, 2013, 01:30 PM
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This is why it's always best to book with a reputable agent as they would have explained all the good things/bad things associated with booking a 'guarantee' cabin.

The good thing about booking a 'guarantee' cabin is the price. You can definitely save money on these.

However, the bad thing is you never know where you're going to end up. You could be in the front of the ship, where if you suffer from motion sickness is not a good place to be. You could end up in a partially obstructed view cabin, which could definitely take away from the enjoyment of being on a balcony. You could end up above, below, or next to a noisy area, which could impact your quiet time.

Now, with all that said, the type of guarantee you purchased will dictate the type of balcony cabin you get. Again, your agent will be able to tell you which guarantee you purchased. If you bought an oceanview balcony guarantee, then you won't get an inside balcony. If you bought an inside guarantee, then you will normally get an inside balcony, although sometimes you might get an upgrade to an oceanview balcony.

Once you've gotten your cabin, which is usually about 30 - 60 days prior to sailing (but can be more or less than that depending on the sailing and how well it's selling), sometimes your agent can get a change if you're not happy with the location. If you didn't book it with an agent and call the cruise line, often they'll tell you that you can't change cabins. (Agents have resources not available to you.) But whether you can get a change is often dependent on how full the ship is and whether any other cabins are available.

Bottom line is, if you get something you don't like, it never hurts to ask for a change.

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I am not sure I am right on this, but I believe on the Oasis and Allure the balcony guarantees are identified as follows. X GTY = outside balcony XN GTY = inside balcony. Like I said I am not sure about this, you may want to check with your travel agent or the cruise line.
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I thought when you book a cabin guarantee, as long as you book the category, you would get that category, just make sure you booked a category that is outside balconies only...
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Old July 15th, 2013, 09:25 PM
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Donna, You are correct. You are guaranteed a cabin in the category you book. But on the Allure and Oasis you have to take the extra precaution of selecting the proper category of balcony guarantee. I recently booked a September sailing on the Allure and chose the "inside" balcony guarantee. I ended up being assigned a cabin on deck nine overlooking Central Park, which I was pleased to get. Pryan needs to check his confirmation, either his hard copy or on "My Cruises," to determine which category he booked and to make a change if necessary.
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Villager has it right...it's either the X guarantee (Outside Balcony) or the XN (Neighborhood Balcony).....So it depends what the OP has booked.

OP check with your TA or if you booked directly with Royal check your booking online or give them a call they are available 24/7.

I had booked the inside guarantee and ended up with a boardwalk balcony.

Good luck OP hope you like your cabin location and have an awesome cruise!
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Thanks Villager, thecruisequeen and Donna,

You were right. the category (X, XN) was listed on my invoice and I received the correct category I wanted (X). It was there all the time. Thanks.

BTW, I'm curious, why would someone want a balcony overlooking a park or carnival? It seems to me that they would want to see the water on a cruise. Were you happy with your locations? I saw one balcony right next to the merry-go-round. I was afraid I would be assigned that one or one like it. Thanks again.
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Thanks Villager, thecruisequeen and Donna,

You were right. the category (X, XN) was listed on my invoice and I received the correct category I wanted (X). It was there all the time. Thanks.

BTW, I'm curious, why would someone want a balcony overlooking a park or carnival? It seems to me that they would want to see the water on a cruise. Were you happy with your locations? I saw one balcony right next to the merry-go-round. I was afraid I would be assigned that one or one like it. Thanks again.
There are many people who enjoy people watching over the Central Park and Boardwalk areas. Personally, I feel that it is would be more like staying at an Embassy Suites with a balcony on the front of the room.

Give me the ocean, any day.

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Pryan, I can give you an answer from my perspective. I have cruised many, many times and the opportunity to experience something different was my motivation for trying the inside balcony. When my travel agent first suggested it, I told her to give me a day to think about it. My conclusion, WHY NOT! I sail to experience the ships as much as the ports, I'm looking forward to the experience.
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When we were on the Oasis my daughter booked an "inside out " balcony and she loved it. Her cabin had a birdseye view of the aqua theater from her balcony. We watched the show from there. It was nice.
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When we were on the Oasis my daughter booked an "inside out " balcony and she loved it. Her cabin had a birdseye view of the aqua theater from her balcony. We watched the show from there. It was nice.
And some of those Boardwalk balconies do get a partial ocean view.
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You are right John, you can see an ocean view on some of those inside balconies...I guess, if I couldn't afford an ocean balcony, any of those would do nicely..
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Thanks Villager, thecruisequeen and Donna,

You were right. the category (X, XN) was listed on my invoice and I received the correct category I wanted (X). It was there all the time. Thanks.

BTW, I'm curious, why would someone want a balcony overlooking a park or carnival? It seems to me that they would want to see the water on a cruise. Were you happy with your locations? I saw one balcony right next to the merry-go-round. I was afraid I would be assigned that one or one like it. Thanks again.
Many people book inside cabins where you can't see a thing. It is all personal choice.
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