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#21
Spring Grove, Illinois
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I'm going to try the Porthole room in MAY on the Triumph. My DW chickened out doing the Porthole on our 2010 New Years Eve cruise.
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#22
North Attleboro, MA
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The porthole cabins are a bargain and usually larger than inside cabins. Plenty of light, not much noise.
I'd reserve another one in a heartbeat !
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#23
184 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
Our 1st Cruise was on the Fantasy in October. Loved the room. Noise if you are a light sleeper it will wake you up when you dock. We booked E3 and I will try to attach a couple of pic. I think the room was bigger, We sat things in ours.
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#24
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We booked a Cruise on the Dream for April 2, 2011.
We wanted an OV, but our PVP talked us into a Porthole Cabin.
She said we will be saving $300.00.

I said O.K. If we don't like it, we won't book one again.
As long as there is light!

Our daughter and a friend will be across from us in an inside.
From what I read, the Porthole cabins are as large as an Inside???

Everybody seems to think they're larger. I hope it's not too small.
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#25
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Joined Apr 2002
Originally posted by Brneyznfl
I'm debating booking a porthole on the Liberty. It's all the way forward. I'm kind of leery because I've been in a porthole on the Holiday and there was quite a bit of movement and noise from the waves. I know, totally two different sized ships. So what do you guys think?
If the seas are quiet you won't feel much...but if it is a summer cruise where it could get stormy, you might be surprised how much up and down wave slapping can happen in ANY size ship. I've been in forward balcony cabins a couple times. Once in VERY rough seas for several days....when you walk down the hallways and get tossed into the walls! LOL! That was my first cruise in fact!

If you don't like the motion, I would book a center ship, lower level cabin for the smoothest ride.

On the porthole cabins, though...I have also looked at them and think they are a great deal...one day we will try one! I prefer to be towards the back so we only have to go up a level or two to get to the coffee in the Lido! LOL
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#26
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We are a little worried about our Porthole Cabin being near the front of the ship.
It will be a long walk to the Lido!
All of our Cabins have been near the center of the ship on our other 4 Cruises.
I guess we'll see.
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#27
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Joined Apr 2006
Click on the photo to get to the Webshots album for photos of the porthole cabin:
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#28
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Joined Jan 2009
I have two PT cabins booked for my cruise in May on the Paradise. I choose the ones that were the closest to the regular OV rooms to avoid that "tube" view. I think that for the price of an inside cabin, it will be nice to have some light. We will be on the Riviera deck and from past experience, it seems like the upper decks rock more so I think that even if the weather is rough, we might not feel the motion quite as much.
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#29
North Attleboro, MA
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Joined Jun 2004
Originally posted by cls624
We booked a Cruise on the Dream for April 2, 2011.
We wanted an OV, but our PVP talked us into a Porthole Cabin.
She said we will be saving $300.00.

I said O.K. If we don't like it, we won't book one again.
As long as there is light!

Our daughter and a friend will be across from us in an inside.
From what I read, the Porthole cabins are as large as an Inside???

Everybody seems to think they're larger. I hope it's not too small.
As I recall the porthole cabins are as large as an oceanview (220-225 sf), whereas the inside cabins are 185 sf. I think you can see that the light purple porthole cabins are larger than the green inside cabins from this deckplan. Or is it just an illusion.

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#30
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Originally posted by lollylew
I have two PT cabins booked for my cruise in May on the Paradise. I choose the ones that were the closest to the regular OV rooms to avoid that "tube" view. I think that for the price of an inside cabin, it will be nice to have some light. We will be on the Riviera deck and from past experience, it seems like the upper decks rock more so I think that even if the weather is rough, we might not feel the motion quite as much.
That also means a shorter walk down the hallway between your cabin and the elevators/stairs.
You can see in this picture how the porthole cabins line up with OV cabins on the deck above, so you are not any more forward in some PT cabins than in some OV cabins.


(Empress Deck is the deck above the red line; Upper is the first deck below the red line, then Main and then Riveria.)
#31
Kentucky
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Joined Mar 2005
Originally posted by TnMama
For our upcoming Whale Tail Group Cruise in July my roomie and I are booked on Fascination in room M21. Another group member had one of these rooms back in Oct and she LOVED it. Im clausterphobic like some of your spouces,but for the price, we couldnt pass it up! Im very much looking forward to it!!!
TnMama, I like your avitar.

I have to say that our first cabin was a port hole room and it was a good size and we really didn't mind the "window seat".

The only thing that I didn't like was we could hear the bow thrusters and mooring lines early in the morning. You sure couldn't sleep late in the morning (not good after too many Fun Ships). This is the reason that I'll never do a port hole cabin again.
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#32
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Joined Apr 2009
We have 2221 booked on the Triumph in January! I was excited to get a porthole room for the same price as an inside!
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#33
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Joined Apr 2005
Originally posted by conchead
What is the pax capacity of a PT cabin?
I tried checking on cruisedeckplans. com and
from what I see it looks like it is only 2.
Do any of them hold more?
We had a porthole cabin on the Fantasy with three people in it. The third person had a roll away bed though. We loved it.
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#35
Lebanon, OH
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Joined Feb 2009
We were upgraded to a porthole cabin from an inside cabin on our 1st cruise in August 2008. We had R23 on the Inspiration. We loved having natural daylight in our room everyday and also loved having a window seat. I would climb up in the window while DH was still asleep and watch the water. We loved this cabin so much we booked a cruise on the Inspiration for September 2009 and even booked the exact same cabin: R23. We called it our second home. The room did seem bigger than the inside cabins on the ship. Can't beat the price either. I'll take a porthole over an inside anytime.
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#36
Tucson,AZ
283 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
We booked our first porthole cabin. I can't wait to see it. I'm glad most critics liked their porthole cabin. We leave in 3 weeks... I can't wait.
#37
Spring Grove, Illinois
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Joined Nov 2009
Based on the comments and some pictures that I have seen. IMO it is one of the best values for the a stateroom. It could be rated as a Carnival secret if you may.
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#38
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Joined Jul 2006
Originally posted by agmakar
Based on the comments and some pictures that I have seen. IMO it is one of the best values for the a stateroom. It could be rated as a Carnival secret if you may.
Agree, Savvy budget cruisers know about them and snap them up very quickly.
#39
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Joined Feb 2006
29forever, when I first glanced at your picture with you guys in the window, I thought, WOW, look at that flatscreen!

Funny!
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#40
South Georgia
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Joined Aug 2008
Cabin M5 on the Fascination....anyone been in this porthole stateroom?

We just booked this one. It will be the first time staying forward...we usually stay mid ship. DH and I never have had any problems with getting seasick...and not really worried about being under the pool.

Just wondering if anyone has stayed in this cabin and what you thought of it.

Thanks!
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