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Drum Roll Please: Announcing the 2016 Cruisers' Choice Awards!
Once again, your cruise voice is loud and clear! Here are your choices for the best experiences at sea:
See this is what happens when you only experience one ship in a whole fleet.......our Mariner balcony cabin was basically the same size as the regular balcony cabin on Carnivals conquest class ships.....only difference was the Mariners balcony was much larger..........so total size Mariners balcony cabin was bigger.......
I agree totally with this. I wouldn't write off a whole cruise line due to one trip. I am going into my Majesty cruise knowing full well what I am getting into. The smallest RCL ship out there, with the smallest cabin they offer. Now in February I am on the Oasis and I know the cabins are much bigger. I have an Ocean Balcony cabin, and for what the diagrams, etc are worth, these seem to be pretty much the same as CCL Conquest ships.
First Cruise: 1984 - RCCL Sun Viking. Maybe it held 1,200 people. Paid: $3,500.00 for the two of us going to the Western Caribbean for 10 days. Flew into Miami the night before.
We were given a cabin on the bottom deck, it had two portholes and was located right next to the crews quarters. It had two beds and if one person was walking around, the other one had to sit on the bed or go into the bathroom. Who Knew!!!! I was a greenhorn! We heard the crews comings and goings all night.....I thought this was the way cruising was!!!!!!
We had a fabulous time. But, if I knew then what I know now, they would have never gotten away with giving us that cabin!!!!!
I booked 2 cabins on The Norway (2 ngt cruise to nowhere for $50pp) I knew we would get very small cabins. We went to the 1st one and it had bunks on one side and a small table on the other wall.I swear you could touch that table while laying in the bottom bunk .Well... then we went to my cabin and it was a SUITE I couldn't believe it!! My SIL took the small cabin and me and my 2 boys took the suite
i booked 2 cabins on the norway (2 ngt cruise to nowhere for $50pp) i knew we would get very small cabins. We went to the 1st one and it had bunks on one side and a small table on the other wall.i swear you could touch that table while laying in the bottom bunk .well... Then we went to my cabin and it was a suite:d i couldn't believe it!! My sil took the small cabin and me and my 2 boys took the suite
It was on the S/S Norway the first year she was in the water. I was on the starboard side of the ship......the very first cabin at the bow.
It had an upper and lower, 1 porthole high up on the bulkhead (you had to climb on a chair or something to see out of it).....
I'm not good at square footage...just say that 2 people could stand in the open floor space....but, they couldn't dress at the same time...or pull out a drawer. The bathroom was so small that when you took a shower...everything got wet; toilet, sink.....floor.....
I've often said it was the size of a phone booth....and that's about right..HA!
After Norway's first season, they did a little tweaking on her and did away with those shoebox-sized cabins by removing a wall and making two cabins into one. You still couldn't see outside but at least 2 people could move around in it.
I sailed on Norway many times....and in better cabins eventually. I loved that Blue Lady....she had class with a capital "C".
Princess Cruise Lines 85,Fascination 11/01, Sensation 9/02, Conquest 12/5/04
Inspiration 7/4/2005, 4/1/06 HAL Veendam
Liberty 5/19/06 Europe, Glory 11/18/2006
Carnival Freedom 11/30/08 in a Cat. 12!!!!
Carnival Liberty (again) 10/31/09
Fantasy 9/24/2010 upsold to a GS!!!
Pride 10/2/11 to Bermuda!!! (#10!!!)
Cruise ALASKA!!! HAL Westerdam 9/8/12
Liberty 3/1/14 - yet AGAIN
Conquest 1/17/16, 2nd time
Pride 9/18/16, to Bermuda - again
Pride 2/26/17 to Southern Caribbean
Fascination 9/24/17 San Juan-Southern Caribbean
Pride 4/8/2018 Eastern Caribbean
Future Wish Cruises:
Northern Europe Summer 2019?
New England/Canada Fall 2018?
Alaska, and Med again?
The new NCL Epic has "studio" inside cabins at around 100sf that actually look pretty cool. They also have a window to the hallway to let in some light and a lounge area for occupants of these rooms only.
We did a 108 sqft. on the NCL Majesty, it was cozy to say the least and while sitting on the toilet, one leg was in the shower!
Our first cruise was on RCI Sovereign of the Seas, in her first year of service. She was the biggest most impressive ship at sea. We had a 119 sqft. room inside, and it was a closet. My parents paid almost $4000 for the three of us in that cabin for a 7 day trip. We pay less than half of that now for the 2 of us, with larger cabins!
Sovereign of the Seas 1988
Sovereign of the Seas 1990
Crown Princess 1991
Sun Princess 1995
Monarch of the Seas 1998
Voyager of the Seas 2002
NCL Majesty 2007
Carnival Glory 2007
Carnival Legend 2008
Carnival Splendor 2009
Carnival Dream 2010
Carnival Fantasy 2013
If it is Carnival and it floats....we have sailed it!
Hubby ... DIAMOND (every ship except the Carnivale)
Me ... DIAMOND (every ship starting with the Tropicale)
24 year old son ... DIAMOND (every ship starting with the Tropicale) ONLY Double Milestone under the age of 21 in the world.....woo hoo!!
Showing the world what a kid with Autism can do!!!
28 year old son... finally DIAMOND (college got in the way). About to "cruise more than all of us under the water" as a. Naval Officer.
Didn't any of you ever cruise on the INDY around the Hawaiian Islands!!?? It had been a war ship!! Talk about small! And come hell or high water, they ran the sweepers in the halls at 8am EVERY morning! Loved the cruise & how it was done but the ship--was the pits! But we have memories!!
The smallest cabin I have been in was an OV on the Sovereign of the Seas. It was around 120 sq feet, and the room was as wide as the bed was long. It was our first cruise and we thought it was great.
Coming in second would be an IS on the Triumph. The bed sat left to right and at the end of the bed was a built in box that housed the life jackets. So there was no way to walk around the bed. I slept up against the wall and had to climb over dh if I needed to get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. I HATED that room and it felt smaller than the one on SOS. It turned me off of inside rooms until we booked a cheapie "fill in the gap" cruise last on the Inspiration last summer. Even with 4 of us in the room, we never felt crowded. I agree, even though they say it is the same sq ft., it certainly didn't feel like it.
Not sure of the square footage of this cabin but it was as far forward as you can get (right up in the point and on the Riviera deck.) on the CCL Triumph. This was one of those TBA cabins. Although it was sufficient for my needs you can image the "unique" design of the cabin. My only complaint was that the bed was right up against the exterior wall and each morning when we dropped anchor the chain unwound right next to my bed. (I'd prefer the "traditional" wake up call please).
After all was said & done . . . it was a FUN cruise, but that cabin really left something to be desired.
The smallest cabin I was ever in was on the old Emerald Seas of the Eastern cruise lines back in the seventies. My guess is it was about 90 sq. ft. Lowest deck, bunk beds and 2 people could not stand across the room at the same time.