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Old 04-05-2018, 10:09 AM   #41
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I probably would have invoked the 'YOLO' rule and kept the balcony cabin *IF* this was a once of a lifetime dream cruise. Otherwise, I would take the money if I was a serial cruiser and it was just one of many cruises I would be going on.
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I will assume they're getting more than $2000 out of it.

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We have had inside cabins twice and have no problem with them (actually found them superquiet). There are so many places on deck to claim a chair for chilling and relaxing and beckoning a waiter over for an umbrella drink. I’m sure we would take the deal.
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Old 04-05-2018, 10:54 AM   #44
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At this stage in my life, I probably would not do it. I'd like to watch the scenery and read from my balcony during down times.
+1 same here. Have to have the balcony
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There are so many places on deck to claim a chair for chilling and relaxing and beckoning a waiter over for an umbrella drink. I’m sure we would take the deal.
Good luck! On Cruise Critic there are literally hundreds if not thousands of
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Two years ago we had a move over offer from Princess. We had booked a balcony cabin on a 14 day South American cruise.

The offer was:
-full refund
-a free 14 day cruise on any Princess itinerary
-an upgrade from a balcony cabin to a mini suite
-up to $300 USD to compensate us for costs relating to changing our air.

Took me all of about 5 seconds to say yes.
Wow!

Makes you wonder what the other guys were paying!!!
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I just had DW read the OP and decide. In less than 15 seconds, "Take the money." I agreed.
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I just had DW read the OP and decide. In less than 15 seconds, "Take the money." I agreed.
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Boy - I would be hard pressed not to take the money and do something else with it.

We aren’t cruisers, but is it really hard to get a nice deck chair in the shade somewhere? Not counting the pool - I’ve read about the pool chair hoarders. I don’t care about sunbathing poolside.
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We never spent time by the pool. It's a tiny pool, and the area is crowded and often noisy with games hosted by the crew. There are other more quiet deck areas to sit, out of the sun. Or we can lounge in a bar, or in the atrium. Or go to the library.
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...thinking you made a good decision (meaing: the one I would have made).

While we have never had a Balcony, we have booked Insides two times and were perfectly happy. We spend so little time in the cabin, except for sleeping, and the sleeping is superb. I am thinking the only cruises we napped on were when we had the Inside cabin. Did I mention they are great for sleeping?

Usually we book Oceanviews, hoping a Balcony is in our future.

Hope you report back about all the fun you have.
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Good luck! On Cruise Critic there are literally hundreds if not thousands of
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Those are about pool chairs—there are soooo many deck chairs that aren’t near the pool that imo are actually preferable to the pool seats.
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Boy - I would be hard pressed not to take the money and do something else with it.

We aren’t cruisers, but is it really hard to get a nice deck chair in the shade somewhere? Not counting the pool - I’ve read about the pool chair hoarders. I don’t care about sunbathing poolside.
We have been on 3 ocean cruises, all of them inside cabins (actually one had a round port window).
It was easy as pie to get a nice quiet lounge chair along the sides of the ship, in sun or out of sun (just pick the other side of the ship to switch).
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Those are about pool chairs—there are soooo many deck chairs that aren’t near the pool that imo are actually preferable to the pool seats.
This was what I thought. Nice shady chair on a deck overlooking the ocean, and on the non-windy side.

How could they be short on this?
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Heck yeah take the freebie, I don’t spend a lot of time in the room anyways
That's my thought. I always buy the cheapest cabins I can because other than to go to sleep I am never in them.
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We've only been on one cruise, and are unlikely to repeat the experience. Just not our cup of tea, really. We went with friends, who were supposed to get married on the voyage. We got an inside cabin, they splurged on a balcony. About a month out they got the switcharoo offer and took it, ending up with most of their original payment credited to the ship-board account. Leftovers were transferred to their card after the trip. They also ended up in an outside cabin with a partial view. They were happy.

That was 11 years ago. I'm guessing it's pretty much industry standard.

Speaking of balconies, those are going to start disappearing. 98% of passengers don't use them.

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Celebrity Edge will introduce perhaps the biggest change in state-room design since balconies were introduced in the 80s. “I was watching the cruise ships going out from Miami one day,” explains Xavier Leclercq, Royal’s senior vice president of New Build and innovation. “I counted the passengers on their balconies – only two per cent of people [were] using them.
Kulovaara’s team commissioned some research and came to a counterintuitive conclusion: offer passengers balconies and they say they want them, but few actually use them. So, on Celebrity Edge, Wright – the ship’s lead architect – and Royal’s New Build team eliminated balconies entirely. Instead they designed what they call the Infinite Veranda: floor-to-ceiling windows, the upper half of which lowers entirely to create an indoor balcony. As a result, Edge’s entry-level state rooms are 23 per cent larger and bathrooms 20 per cent bigger than the previous standard. “The cruise industry is incredibly conservative,” says Wright. “To change the structure of how it’s always been done – it’s really quite a big deal.”
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The full article here is pretty interesting reading...

The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built | WIRED UK
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We've only been on one cruise, and are unlikely to repeat the experience. Just not our cup of tea, really.
I obviously don't know what your exposure was, but if it was drifting around the Caribbean going from one T-shirt shops & cab drivers island to another, each indistinguishable from the previous/next one, then I'd have to concur.

Likewise the 'Adult Sleepover' types where people play dress up, overeat/drink - but if you're going to/from someplace you wanted to visit it sure beats flying.
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