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Old October 10th, 2012, 04:07 PM
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Hey. I am thinking about booking a 7 day of Disney Fantasy next Sep. My daughter will be 3. I was thinking of booking a balcony so that when she is asleep, my husband and I could sit out on the balcony and talk and have wine. But now that I am seconds from booking, I am wondering if I should just save the extra money. I have only sailed twice before both on Carnival and both in inside cabins. Already, this cruise is just so much more expensive than my others I wonder if the balcony is really vital.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 05:24 PM
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We were on the Disney Magic this past Jan and our daughter was one month shy of turning 3. I have to say it was the first time we paid for a balcony but I am very glad we did. It was almost everyday she was exhausted by 2:00 (and she never naps at home) so she would fall asleep on the couch and I would sit on the balcony and read. It really was great! It made me feel like I was still on vacation by not having to let all the great views go by without me. For us, it turned out great to have it. Either way you go- have a great cruise!! I am jealous, we havent cruised the Fantasy yet. With the KSF that just came out for this winter, we are back on the Magic again.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 05:28 PM
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I was on the Magic last month in New York and Canada with my 2 y/o. I almost bought a balcony but the deal they had ran out at the last minute and we ended up getting an ocean view with 214 sq ft. My husband and I agreed that we were glad we saved the $. We relaxed on the couch and looked out our oceanview window during nap times. I think the key was that we had a spacious cabin.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 08:56 PM
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We were on the Disney Magic this past Jan and our daughter was one month shy of turning 3. I have to say it was the first time we paid for a balcony but I am very glad we did. It was almost everyday she was exhausted by 2:00 (and she never naps at home) so she would fall asleep on the couch and I would sit on the balcony and read. It really was great! It made me feel like I was still on vacation by not having to let all the great views go by without me. For us, it turned out great to have it. Either way you go- have a great cruise!! I am jealous, we havent cruised the Fantasy yet. With the KSF that just came out for this winter, we are back on the Magic again.
We started to do the kids sail free but the dates really didn't work for us. But I am glad you got a great deal. I'm telling all my mom friends about it.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 08:58 PM
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I was on the Magic last month in New York and Canada with my 2 y/o. I almost bought a balcony but the deal they had ran out at the last minute and we ended up getting an ocean view with 214 sq ft. My husband and I agreed that we were glad we saved the $. We relaxed on the couch and looked out our oceanview window during nap times. I think the key was that we had a spacious cabin.
Thanks for your reply. My DD is Juliana too and they are close to the same age.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:43 PM
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While a balcony will give you a place "to be"...perhaps you and hubby could take turns while she's napping....that way, no one is "stuck" sitting in a cabin should they want to do something else.

Does your daughter still use a stroller? Many kids will simply nap in a comfy stroller, out on a quiet part of the deck...you and hubby could still be "out and about" while your child naps!
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Old October 10th, 2012, 10:54 PM
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While a balcony will give you a place "to be"...perhaps you and hubby could take turns while she's napping....that way, no one is "stuck" sitting in a cabin should they want to do something else.

Does your daughter still use a stroller? Many kids will simply nap in a comfy stroller, out on a quiet part of the deck...you and hubby could still be "out and about" while your child naps!
No, my kid has never ever been an on the go sleeper. I think we are better off to get the cheapest balcony we can.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 03:11 PM
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I just got back from a cruise last week with my 1 and almost 3 year old. We got a balcony for the first time (we sailed 4 times before in inside rooms) and while it was nice, i dont think it was that important. If i were to do it again i'd probably save the money. ESPECIALLY if i only had a 3 year old. My 3 year old only napped 2 of the days and on those days i didnt go on the balcony,i napped with them lol. My 1 year old, obviously, naps more often so it helped while he was napping but next time i'll save the money. We were just as tired and when they finally napped we either napped with them or the other one went out to walk around the ship if he didnt want to nap.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 04:18 PM
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Vital? No. Convenient? Yes.

Given that the Disney cruise is already a splurge in cost, it might be tough on your budget to get a balcony, and if that is the case, you can go and still have lots of fun without a balcony. Luckily the rooms on Disney tend toward the larger side, and most have a curtain so that you can have an "adult side" while your child naps or sleeps.

Make sure to check and see if they have any *gt rates for your cruise (IGT, OGT, or VGT) - that might be a way to get the balcony at a cheaper rate.

Good luck and have a great time!
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Old October 11th, 2012, 04:58 PM
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[quote=Gatrcruzer;35677326]Vital? No. Convenient? Yes.

Given that the Disney cruise is already a splurge in cost, it might be tough on your budget to get a balcony, and if that is the case, you can go and still have lots of fun without a balcony. Luckily the rooms on Disney tend toward the larger side, and most have a curtain so that you can have an "adult side" while your child naps or sleeps.

Make sure to check and see if they have any *gt rates for your cruise (IGT, OGT, or VGT) - that might be a way to get the balcony at a cheaper rate.

Good luck and have a great time![/QUOTE

What is a gt rate? And what are those other rates?
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Old October 11th, 2012, 09:28 PM
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Guarantee Rate. IGT must be Inside Guarantee, OGT OceanView Guarantee. VGT Balcony(?) Guarantee

You do not pick which cabin you want, the cruiseline picks it for you. Guarantees are usually cheaper than choosing your cabin BUT you have to to prepared to accept the worst cabin in your lowest guaranteed category.

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Old October 11th, 2012, 09:52 PM
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I'm lucky that my son doesn't take naps at 3 but even if he did we worked around the nap issue when he was 18 mos - we tag teamed which parent would stay in the room and who would be off having fun and sometimes husband and I both stayed in there and played videogames while the kiddo napped... I don't think a balcony is ever vital.
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Old October 12th, 2012, 03:35 AM
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I would go with the balcony for the reason you mentioned.

You can go out there while your child goes to sleep and to me it is worth the extra money for this.

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Old October 12th, 2012, 12:42 PM
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I have never cruised without a balcony, both with and without kids. I find that since having kids the balcony has become a really useful thing. My kids (5 & 3 on our last cruise, will be 7 & 5 when we cruise next month) go out there in morning to eat. We usually order them room service for an early breakfast. My husband and I can go out there in the evenings after they go to bed. And it just gives us some extra space when we're all getting ready for the day.

We've seen turtles, fish and all kinds of things in the water, and the kids love watching our approach/departure at the different ports.

As other posters, said it's not absolutely vital, but it's become standard for us. And I highly recommend it. Enjoy your cruise!!
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We just wont pay extra for a window or balcony, cruises cost so much and saving more would be too aggravating. We cruise with our dd, she is 8. On our last cruise, we have our daughter keep the same bedtime she has at home 8/8:30. Normally after a day running around in port, we all are so pooped , Mom, Dad and dd. One of us usually turns in with her while the other goes out to play. 90% of the time, I stay in and read with a booklight. The wife is more of a night owl.

Booking a balcony, just wouldn't help much, atleast for us. TRapped inside with a book, I'll take a soft bed over a windy balcony.
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When my girls were younger - the balcony was more vital to us. I know it's a huge expense - but I don't like to "nap when my kids nap". And I certainly don't like going to bed early and tiptoeing around a cabin.

As the girls get older - we are able to mix it up and throw in an "ocean view" as a last minute getaway that fits into the budget. But even though they are now 8 and 12 - nothing beats those balconies. It is my own personal escape. I like going to bed late and waking up early. When the kids want to sleep - I am "outside"

On my last cruise I was stuck watching TV inside until they woke up - yuck. I prefer to watch the waves
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We have a balcony on our upcoming family cruise and my husband is already worried about if our 3y/o will be able to get out on there and potentially fall in. He is strong and persistent. I thought that you could get the sliders with a locking mechanism so that they would only open part the way.

If you can make him feel better about the balcony that would be great too.
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I don't think you have to worry about the balcony doors - they tend to be really, really hard to open (at least on all of the cruise lines that I have been on), and it is not easy to get overboard from the balcony.
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Last year we cruised with my DD who was 3 1/2. We got a balcony room thinking that we could use it at night, at naptime, or just for some "I need some separation" time. We went out and snapped a few pics from time-to-time, but otherwise hardly ever used it. Turns out, my DD NEVER napped on the trip. Between the ports, the pools, and the kid's club she was always active and happy. During the course of the week, she slipped into a later schedule, so we all wound up going to sleep at the same time as well. This year, we've booked an OV, and are putting the cost savings into some excursions.
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We just booked on RCI Independence and we always get a balcony room but this is the first time with our 2 year old so we decided on booking 2 connecting inside cabins so he could sleep in peace and not have to put up with us, and vice versa. It was pretty much the same price as a balcony cabin and I am hoping it will work out ok. We will probably prop the door open a bit with a shoe or something but he will have lots of space to play, another bathroom and total privacy when he goes to bed at 7:30.

I have not heard of anyone doing this but maybe any of you have?
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