Posted April 18th, 2013, 08:37 PM
I did this exact same thing with my niece and her boyfriend when we sailed to Alaska in 2011 on HAL's 14 day itinerary. With HAL's option of the third person sailing for free (except for taxes), we all agreed ahead of time that we would split the total for the cabin three ways. Worked out just great! And with the TA's bonus of $100 OBC, we all agreed to purchase the Unlimited Laundry Package for $99/cabin. Again - perfect! My niece's boyfriend generously offered to sleep on the sofa bed and it was very comfortable - he said so, and I believe him, I tried laying on it one evening to watch tv while they were out, it was just as comfortable as the single beds my niece and I were sleeping in. HAL's beds are a dream, by the way
Seems like you now have things worked out w/your sister to gift your niece the cost of the cabin. How nice of you both! I'm sure it will all work out just fine. Happy sailing!