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Can you answer some questions about my upcoming cruise?

Asked by JLeslie (61866points) July 6th, 2012

I was assigned my cabin for my cruise, and I finally looked it up on the declplans. It is towards the front of the ship and has portholes instead of windows. I’m not very happy about it.

Do you have any opinions about being at the front middle or rear of the ship? Portholes vs. Window? I know some of the windows are blocked by life boats, maybe the portholes have a better view than those? Not sure. I plan on calling, but wanted to get some feedback first. I really wanted a balcony room, but they are sold out. Oh, and now of course the prices have come way down, so it is frustrating to not have at least one of the better window rooms.

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CWOTUS's avatar

I can’t tell you much about the room choice or viewing, but this might help:

I thought you might be interested in the diary entries from a heroic woman who went on a cruise and wrote about her experiences:

All packed for the cruise ship—all my nicest dresses, swimsuits, short sets. Really, really exciting.

Entire day at sea, beautiful. Saw whales and dolphins.
Met the Captain today—seems like a very nice man.

At the pool today. Did some shuffleboard, hit golf balls off the deck.
Captain invited me to join him at his table for dinner. Felt honoured and had a wonderful time.
He is very attractive and attentive.

Won $800.00 in the ship’s casino. Captain asked me to have dinner with him in his own cabin.
Had a scrumptious meal complete with caviar and champagne. He asked me to stay the night, but I declined.
Told him I could not be unfaithful to my husband.

Pool again today. Got sunburned, and I went inside to drink at piano-bar, stayed there for rest of day.
Captain saw me, bought me several large drinks.
Really is charming. Again asked me to visit his cabin for the night.
Again I declined.

He told me, if I did not let him have his way with me, he would sink the ship..
I was shocked..

Today I saved 1600 lives.


bkcunningham's avatar

Every cruise I’ve been on, we’ve selected our cabin before we booked and paid. The price of the cabins vary depending on the location and whether or not you get a balcony, window or inside cabin with no window.

JLeslie's avatar

@bkcunningham Well, since we booked very far in advance we were actually upgraded, so it is a different cabin than we originally paid for. Of course, now everything is less expensive, since it is getting close to the sail, but that always happens, prices go way down last minute.

The only other cruise I took was last minute, super cheap, and I didn’t even think to be picky about the room.

bkcunningham's avatar

Did you use a travel agent? I’d call and talk to my travel agent or if I don’t have an agent, I’d call a representative of the cruise line and see if they can work something out. I like to be in the center of the ship and very low where there is less movement and more stability. There are many things to consider when selecting a room on a cruise ship. Good luck.

JLeslie's avatar

I did it directly with the cruiseline. I tried to call but it was too late, they were already closed for the evening. I thought the middle would be less rocky too, but my dad said he had been told the front is more stable. Hmmmm?

Bluefreedom's avatar

My wife and I took a 7 day cruise back in 2001 on the Carnival cruise ship Sensation. We had a cabin that was midship and had a port hole for a window. It didn’t let in that much light, less then we preferred actually, but we spent very little time in our cabin anyway so it wasn’t a big factor.

As far as having a cabin in the middle of the ship, it wasn’t too bad in that we felt very little movement during turns and no instability in the open sea. (Our cruise was Tampa Bay to Grand Cayman to Cozumel to New Orleans). The only time we felt a signicant list of the ship in the turns was going up the Mississippi River to get to New Orleans and that is one crooked river, to say the least.

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