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Subject:  Re: Question for intercst Date:  11/25/2009  2:54 PM
Author:  FlyingDiver Number:  21795 of 117712

We have never been on a cruise. Well, a Napa River cruise, but that doesn't count. We bat the idea around, but so far we didn't do it.

We wouldn't like to be the "steerage" class. The larger cabins with windows cost much more, no? What do you recomment in regards to cabins?

I've been on over 20 cruises. Which isn't many compared to a lot of my (older) cruising friends, many of whom have been on 50 or more.

We do two kinds of cabins, generally. If we're looking for something cheap, usually last minute, we do an inside cabin. If we're planning far in advance, we'll look for a good deal on a balcony cabin. We've only done suites when the line had a great upgrade deal.

On most recent (large) cruise ships, the standard inside cabin is the same size as the standard outside cabin. And the balcony cabin is the same, except for the added space of the balcony. The price difference is that you pay for for a higher deck, and for the center of the ship. Higher decks are more convenient for access to the pool decks and the buffet restaurant (usually the same deck). Lower and center make for a smoother passage, if you're at all susceptible to seasickness. Which is pretty minimal on most ships.

We don't usually bother with "ocean view" cabins. You're not going to spend any time in your cabin looking out the window. If you don't have a balcony, you're going to be up on one of the decks in a lounge chair anyway. ;)

Feel free to send a PM if you have any questions, or want a recommendation for a good cruise agent (we have a couple we use).

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