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|Subject: Re: Question for intercst||Date: 11/28/2009 7:52 PM|
|Author: markr33||Number: 21859 of 97700|
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 recommend in regards to cabins?
A bit about cabins -
* The "larger" cabins aren't all that large.
* We hardly spent any time at all in the cabin, basically only sleeping which included the night and a nap pretty much each afternoon (we had a bunch of kids with us).
* One year we were in an inside (no window at all) cabin, and it was rather claustrophobic. I recommend an outside (with a window) cabin if at all possible.
* A balcony, while nice, isn't all that useful. While the ship is moving, it's too windy to enjoy it, and while the ship isn't moving, there are so many other things to do on the ship that you won't remain in your cabin. The only balconies really worthwhile are the super-high-end ones where you have a "personal" butler that brings you drinks and stuff directly to your cabin all day long. Maybe good for a honeymoon or something like that :-)
* My in-laws had a larger room with a balcony last year and they used the balcony exactly once to show all the rest of us and the kids, then they locked it up and never used it again.
* The BIGGEST advantage of the larger cabins are that they come with bathtubs instead of only showers. Guess is whose cabin we bathed the kids last year? :-)
We like to fly first class, but we don't like to pay for first class. We have access to a lot of FF miles, so we can sometimes go First Class on our miles.
The best bargain in all flying is the upgrade from coach to first.
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