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Old May 14th, 2010, 02:51 PM
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Default Mini suites on Dolphin deck vs AD suites on Emerald Deck

I'm new to this board this week. Glad I found out about it, as I've already learned a lot from you wonderful people.

We are planning on booking a mini suite for the 10 day MR cruise on the Sapphire next January. We are bringing our son, who will be on winter break from college, so want the extra space. We have had mini suites on the Dolphin deck in the past, but because of the price are considering the AD mini suites on the Emerald deck. Any comments good or bad about these AD suites (like do they get noise from Club Fusion above) vs the others would be appreciated. We will probably book Guarantee, so an upgrade may or may not happen. But that doesn't matter. Thanks.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 03:15 PM
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There are pros and cons to the Emerald aft minis, yet there are many who swear by them.

If you're looking for lots of sun on the balcony, the aft minis are completely covered and cut out from the hull. Advantage is that evebn in a tropical Caribbean shower you can be out on the balcony and stay dry or protect yourself from the sun if sun sensitive.

We had friends on Star last Nov crossing the Pacific who book the aft minis on Emerald for this very reason..price and protection. The remainder of the minis on Dolphin of course are all uncovered and completely open to the gods and passengers above.

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Whats cut out from the hull???

Who said anything about AFT??
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I'm new to this board this week. Glad I found out about it, as I've already learned a lot from you wonderful people.

We are planning on booking a mini suite for the 10 day MR cruise on the Sapphire next January. We are bringing our son, who will be on winter break from college, so want the extra space. We have had mini suites on the Dolphin deck in the past, but because of the price are considering the AD mini suites on the Emerald deck. Any comments good or bad about these AD suites (like do they get noise from Club Fusion above) vs the others would be appreciated. We will probably book Guarantee, so an upgrade may or may not happen. But that doesn't matter. Thanks.

Emerald deck AD minis are the best. There are only 12 and they sellout fast. They are covered/private/quiet.

Dolphin deck minis are completely uncovered.

Both are the same layout wise.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 03:48 PM
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We have had both Dolphin and Emerald Minis and prefer the Emerald Deck. We tend to use our balcony more. We also have never had any noise from Club Fusion below. With that said, if an AD was not available, we would book on the Dolphin Deck.
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AD Minis on the Starboard side win hands down. I love the privacy of a fully covered balcony. You can beat the loaction either, and the Sapphire is our favorite ship, you'll love her. We were able to book E731 for our upcoming Hawaii cruise on the Sapphire, just can't wait!
There's a little bit of bass that comes through on the Port side, but it was never a big deal and usually ended by 10pm, and you couldn't actually hear the music unless you were in the bathroom, so no biggie.
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Emerald deck AD minis are the best. There are only 12 and they sellout fast. They are covered/private/quiet.

Dolphin deck minis are completely uncovered.

Both are the same layout wise.
I agree. they are the best. We stayed in one on the Diamond and loved it. Couldn't pass up the killer deal we got on an AC mini, sio I had to give up the AD reservation.....

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Don"t ever book the dolphin deck on the star,ruby or the crown mini's because they are not covered.Any one above you with a balcony can look right down on your deck.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 08:09 PM
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Thanks, everyone. That helps a lot. I think we will try for the Emerald mini suites this time. Rain is not usually an issue for the Mexican Riviera, but it would be nice to have more privacy. Our last trip on the Sapphire, we were in an AA mini suite (upgraded), and the balcony is quite open to everyone and everything (and it did rain when we left LA). Thanks, again.
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We are planning on booking a mini suite for the 10 day MR cruise on the Sapphire next January. We are bringing our son, who will be on winter break from college, so want the extra space. We have had mini suites on the Dolphin deck in the past, but because of the price are considering the AD mini suites on the Emerald deck. Any comments good or bad about these AD suites (like do they get noise from Club Fusion above) vs the others would be appreciated. We will probably book Guarantee, so an upgrade may or may not happen. But that doesn't matter. Thanks.
IMHO, there are no "cons" to Emerald deck mini-suites. They are covered and thus protected from the sun, wind, and rain as well as private. They are also VERY quiet. You won't hear anything from Club Fusion unless possibly if you are in or near E728, which is directly above the bandstand and amplifiers. A few people have reported noise in this cabin; most have not. I've been in E725 several times and have never heard anything from below. I no longer book or want a mini-suite on Dolphin deck now that I've experienced the ADs on Emerald.
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Although we prefer a semi covered balcony, to us there is only one 'con' to the AD mini suites. Since the balcony is totally covered, we have found it makes the interior of the room a lot darker than those that are uncovered. But a small price to pay for being protected from the elements.
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The Emerald minis are very nice. Because of their location you do not get much traffic in the halls so they are quiet. The covered balcony is very private.
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The only other potential con to the Emerald minis is that they are so far aft that they are a long walk from many ship venues, especially those near the bow--I wouldn't suggest them for anyone with mobility issues.

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Old May 15th, 2010, 09:40 AM
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we went for the ad mini on coral--gty--only one we could afford--going to alaska in 28 days!!! but my question is, since we may end up with a dolphin, uncovered, and i know by booking gty i have to be happy with anything, i decided that so what if people can look at me on the balcony--i don't really understand the concern about this--of course, if i were on my honeymoon--it might be different, but this is a retirement cruise for us, so unless one of us 60 year olds starts acting differently than normal --we shouldn't mnd the uncovered balcony--but now i am wondering if i am overlooking something--i am just so happy to have the larger room and the balcony and the bathtub--yes!!! the bathtub--i am so excited--and to be able to glance out at the sea and mountains, etc at any momment (we moved up from an inside,gty, so this has been a real bonus for us)t was a real struggle for me to decide to change from inside to mini, as i hated to spend the money--but my 80 year old sister went to alaska a cople years ago, and she said she loved her balcony and i deserved it--so am i ok not to worry that the balcony will be uncovered? i am from chicago and used to the elements--what do you think?? thaks, grams98
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Don"t ever book the dolphin deck on the star,ruby or the crown mini's because they are not covered.Any one above you with a balcony can look right down on your deck.
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So What! We have been on the Dolphin Deck and no one really is looking at you. We had fun talking with some of the oeple above us.
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We are booked on the Dolphin Deck. We didn't realize until after we booked that the balconies are completely uncovered. I have to admit that at first I did have a concern. Mostly because I'm really sensitive to the sun. Also, it brought to light that anyone above us would be looking down on this deck. Well, the more I thought about it, the more I'm glad we chose the Dolphin Deck. First of all, the sun isn't going to be shining down on you all day long. Even if it's a sunny day, it will only shine on that side of the ship for a period of time. So, we will just choose the best time of day to be out on the balcony. No big deal. Matter of fact, I think it's gonna be great to be able to see straight up into the stars at night. I kinda like the thought of being able to look all around and it not be blocked in any way. Also, I'm not planning on doing anything on the deck that I would be embarassed for anyone to see, so that really isn't a concern. So, yeah, I'm really looking forward to the uncovered balcony....
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I'm glad to see others finally commenting on the "so what" factor of the dolphin balcony being visible. Anyone could look at me enjoying the sunshine if I was up on the Sun deck, so why does it matter if people see me sitting on a balcony. Enjoy your trips and the luxury of having a door to open to the outside from your cabin!
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that's right--the stars--so now I really am ok with whtever mini we get-and i just read some nice things about the ad on another post--so it really doesn't matter--never had a mii before, always inside or ov or obov and one balcony-ca't wait-thanks, grams98
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we went for the ad mini on coral--gty--only one we could afford--going to alaska in 28 days!!! but my question is, since we may end up with a dolphin, uncovered, and i know by booking gty i have to be happy with anything, i decided that so what if people can look at me on the balcony--i don't really understand the concern about this--of course, if i were on my honeymoon--it might be different, but this is a retirement cruise for us, so unless one of us 60 year olds starts acting differently than normal --we shouldn't mnd the uncovered balcony--but now i am wondering if i am overlooking something--i am just so happy to have the larger room and the balcony and the bathtub--yes!!! the bathtub--i am so excited--and to be able to glance out at the sea and mountains, etc at any momment (we moved up from an inside,gty, so this has been a real bonus for us)t was a real struggle for me to decide to change from inside to mini, as i hated to spend the money--but my 80 year old sister went to alaska a cople years ago, and she said she loved her balcony and i deserved it--so am i ok not to worry that the balcony will be uncovered? i am from chicago and used to the elements--what do you think?? thaks, grams98
I'd take anything. I had to give up our AD mini for next year for an AC because of the killer deal I got. Since overtime was cut at work, I gotta pinch pennies.....

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that's interesting--on our cruise, the ad's were cheaper than the ac's--i will never understand this princess pricing--grams98
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