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Luv4dacruise
March 12th, 2009, 11:24 AM
They have finally added the deck plans to the website.

http://www.bahamaships.com/

flcookie
March 12th, 2009, 12:58 PM
I called the Ramada Plaza Resort this morning and they told me that when I get there tomorrow that I am only picking up the cruise voucher. They also said that we will not know our cabin location until we get to the ship. Is this true? I looked at the layout and there are not many inside cabins that have 2 lower beds - not real crazy on upper/lower.

Gangway Style
March 12th, 2009, 01:48 PM
It looks as if there are no balcony cabins even in the Deluxe Suites. Am I misreading the layouts?

robsvacation
March 12th, 2009, 01:57 PM
Flcookie
If you look at the cabin count on the legend it looks like only 12 of the 167 inside cabins have just upper and lowers. There are a number with double beds (but those look like they'd be real crowded!) and lots with 2 lowers (which my guess can not be turned into queens, the pics we've seen of the cabins have the beds folding from the wall)
http://www.colorline.de/servlets/page?section=284&item=800

HeavySurf
The 4 deluxe suites at the very back of the upper bridge deck facing the rear have balconies.

K3nn7
March 12th, 2009, 04:18 PM
It looks as if there are no balcony cabins even in the Deluxe Suites. Am I misreading the layouts?

If the cabins hasnt been altered in anyway, there is no real balcony cabins. There are four cabins with "balconys" in the aft, but the only thing with these is possible to open the windows in a room seperated from the rest of the cabin with a glassdoor. I have never experienced any of these "balcony" cabins myself. I'd rather go for one of the up-front deluxe cabins.

slipondajimmy
March 12th, 2009, 08:15 PM
Not a bad layout. I wonder what they will do with all the wasted space below deck?

mbisson
March 13th, 2009, 11:21 AM
Bring in some hay & have a big 'ol barndance ;)

Luv4dacruise
March 14th, 2009, 02:10 PM
Anyone know how many elevators are on the ship?..... All i am sure of are the 2 round ones in the atrium.

ben37
March 14th, 2009, 10:14 PM
Anyone know how many elevators are on the ship?..... All i am sure of are the 2 round ones in the atrium.

If I am reading the deck plans correctly, there are for passenger lifts in addition to the two in the central atrium.

It looks like forward lift does not go to the top deck, the others hit all decks.

NEBCruiser
March 15th, 2009, 06:48 PM
Thanks for letting us know. I had been a bit anxious and would still love to see some room shots. However, I called the reservations line and asked what my cabin number would be. I was concerned I'd be way low (even though my old cabin was on A deck), but I got what I feel was a small upgrade. 6th level - 6113. Still interior, but looks a little bit bigger than what I was anticipating.

robsvacation
March 16th, 2009, 11:30 AM
I was poking around the website and noticed that on the bridge deck there are category 4 cabins (Suites apparently) 7402, 7404, 7406,7408 and 7410 that have single a lower and an upper! Not sure if this is a misprint but if it is true I would be HUGELY upset to be assigned on (I'd also be a little unhappy with the 2 cat 4's at the back of that deck with the double beds to unless I was traveling alone!) I think the cabin designations are left over from the ferry days and I doubt these "suites" are very suite-like compared to the industry standard. She was a north sea ferry after all, my guess is brace yourself for breath-takingly small cabins!

robsvacation
March 16th, 2009, 11:32 AM
Anyone else notice the open decks up top seem AWFULLY small? I guess we'll have to wait for the reviews but meanwhile I'm getting less and less impressed!

Traveller20074
March 16th, 2009, 11:33 AM
I wasn't impressed from the start at all, anyway. An old ferry as a cruiseship.

Sheesh.

I want the Regal Empress back :D

Traveller20074
March 16th, 2009, 11:35 AM
I'm getting claustrophobia just reading about small inside cabins :eek: :eek:

I'll let you all know in a couple of weeks when I return what it was like.


My first cruise...and it's on an old ferry.

*rolls my eyes*

The Pearl will be LUXURY compared to it, I'll bet :D

did some poking around myself.....so....we got the "free" cruise with timeshare presentation....I'll bet we get this room. Oh crumb...



star inner cabins (W2/W4


These inner cabins are the most inexpensive and are located on Deck 1 under the car deck.:eek: They are modestly furnished with two, three or four berths (upper and lower). Each cabin has a sink and mirror, while showers and WC are located in the corridor.

K3nn7
March 16th, 2009, 12:34 PM
did some poking around myself.....so....we got the "free" cruise with timeshare presentation....I'll bet we get this room. Oh crumb...



star inner cabins (W2/W4


These inner cabins are the most inexpensive and are located on Deck 1 under the car deck.:eek: They are modestly furnished with two, three or four berths (upper and lower). Each cabin has a sink and mirror, while showers and WC are located in the corridor.

These cabins that you mention here was not bookable back when she sailed from Oslo to Denmark for a few months last year, i have serious doubts that they are open now. Atleast they are not on the deck plans iv'e seen of her as Bahamas Celebration.

mbisson
March 16th, 2009, 01:14 PM
I wasn't impressed from the start at all, anyway. An old ferry as a cruiseship.

Sheesh.

I want the Regal Empress back :D

JMO-but I think you're making way to much of the fact it is a converted ferry. Even if you were sailing the Empress, if you boarded expecting the amenities of the Pearl (or any other mainstream cruise ship) you would be setting yourself up for a letdown.

From what I've seen, the BC seems more like the mainstream ships than the RE does (and I enjoyed the Empress)

Traveller20074
March 16th, 2009, 06:14 PM
At least the Regal Empress was originally a cruiseship....wasn't it? :confused:

Traveller20074
March 16th, 2009, 06:15 PM
These cabins that you mention here was not bookable back when she sailed from Oslo to Denmark for a few months last year, i have serious doubts that they are open now. Atleast they are not on the deck plans iv'e seen of her as Bahamas Celebration.

These are among the cabins that are listed on their website *shrug*

mbisson
March 16th, 2009, 06:16 PM
At least the Regal Empress was originally a cruiseship....wasn't it? :confused:


OK, yes, but other than this 'ferry' has a car deck, what other difference do you see? And I doubt that deck will impact your cruise at all

So unless you know something I don't, I don't understand your concern.

mbisson
March 16th, 2009, 07:55 PM
At least the Regal Empress was originally a cruiseship....wasn't it? :confused:

Actually, I would like to change my previous answer to this question.

No the Empress was not originally a cruiseship. She was an ocean liner. A subtle difference but I don't want to offend the aficionados ;)

KaiR
March 17th, 2009, 05:06 AM
OK, yes, but other than this 'ferry' has a car deck, what other difference do you see? And I doubt that deck will impact your cruise at all

The differences that I see: Ferries are built for max. 1-2 night stays. For this short time. it doesn´t matter if the cabins are small. Many of them have those lovely bunkbed cages below the waterline. A lot of space is wasted for the car deck. Space on open decks is limited, since it is not as important in the baltic sea. Restaurants are more buffet/self service. Air conditioning is probably also less important in the baltic.

The Princesse Ragnhild is almost 30 Years old, but has been lengthened and extensively rebuilt. So she is by all standards a fairly modern cruise ferry. She also fits the bill if you want to organize a low budget cruiseline and need an inexpensive ship compatible with SOLAS 2010. But in all probability one should not compare her to modern cruiseships.

Btw: even on the RE it was corporate policy to give away the lowest category cabins cheaply and they were substandard. But you could alway get an upgrade and the better cabins were quite nice. So why should it be any different on the BC?

Regards

Kai

K3nn7
March 17th, 2009, 07:08 AM
These are among the cabins that are listed on their website *shrug*

Can you point me to a link where those are listed?

robsvacation
March 17th, 2009, 11:19 AM
Can you point me to a link where those are listed?

Traveller20074

I think you are confusing the upper/lower cabins with the ones K3nn7 was describing. The deck plans for BC only show decks above the car deck. As K3nn7 stated there used to be another passenger deck below the car deck that had really cheap cabins without private facilities. I'm assuming these are now crew quarters.

It's too bad they didn't have alot of money for the conversion. If funds were available I would have converted the car deck to cabins (there were a couple of old ferries that used to be in the NCL and RCCL fleets where this was done), paired up and combined most of existing cabins into 2 room suites, and slapped a bunch of balconies on the cabins that would not interfer with the operation of the life rafts (kinda like Carnival just did with the Sensation) I'll save judgement on the pool deck but I have a feeling that's another area that needs a bigger investment than the ship got.

mbisson
March 17th, 2009, 12:09 PM
The differences that I see: Ferries are built for max. 1-2 night stays. For this short time. it doesn´t matter if the cabins are small.
Kai

I don't know how small the smallest cabins on the BC are, but when I was researching doing a cruise on the Norway, it had some smaller than 100sf (86SF rings a bell, but don't hold me to it). So small cabins are limited to the ferries. And I've seen that some of the lower level inside cabins on Carnival have only one lower and one upper bed.

The car deck may be wasted space presently, but like I said, I don't see how that could impact a cruise on that ship.
Also, this ferry has more dining options that the RE did. I'll still stand by my thought this this ship seems to me to be more like modern cruise ships than the Empress was. (and I'm not necessarily saying this is a good thing ;))

Sarae
December 6th, 2009, 09:09 PM
I don't know how small the smallest cabins on the BC are, but when I was researching doing a cruise on the Norway, it had some smaller than 100sf (86SF rings a bell, but don't hold me to it). So small cabins are limited to the ferries. And I've seen that some of the lower level inside cabins on Carnival have only one lower and one upper bed.

The car deck may be wasted space presently, but like I said, I don't see how that could impact a cruise on that ship.
Also, this ferry has more dining options that the RE did. I'll still stand by my thought this this ship seems to me to be more like modern cruise ships than the Empress was. (and I'm not necessarily saying this is a good thing ;))

On Carnival cabins that have one lower and one upper they are still quite spacious..over 125sq I belive...these are a 1A..and are located on quite a few decks..the 1A on the deck 2 forward have portholes.

mtchg
January 18th, 2010, 01:39 PM
..and most are at least 180 square feet or more, even on their oldest ships.

I really don't see doing Celebration when you can do a three nite Carnival cruise for
only marginally more fare wise;

Perhaps if I was in Miami anyway for a week; I might try the two nite. But I certainly wouldn't make it the reason I travel to Miami (like some canadien folks who are driving down).

But that's just me..

Mitch