Aft Balcony vs. Mid ship mini suite
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I almost won't book a cruise unless I can get an aft.
Just my $0.02.
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Unless you plan to spend a lot of time in the bathroom,Too funny! lol I would always pick an aft facing over a midship.
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Norwegian Majesty to Bermuda 8/02/2009
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But anyway, If having a choice between aft facing balcony and midship minisuite, I'd probably go with aft balcony because of all the raving about those here. If it was aft cabin with balcony on the side of the ship, then I'd check which one is more conviniently located to elevators.
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Norwegian Getaway (H9) - 7 nights Eastern Caribbean - April 2014
Norwegian Jade (SE) - 8 nights Greek Isles and Turkey - July 2013
Norwegian Pearl (OK) - 7 nights Western Caribbean - February 2013
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I was able to visit Gambee's aft balcony for our sailaway and it was a great view and the balcony was HUGE! However, the motion back there is too much for me. I loved the mid ship minisuite because when the seas were rough it wasn't too bad in my cabin, however, Gambee's had a lot of motion. If you are prone to motion sickness I would go for the mid ship mini.
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NCL Star - Western Caribbean - 3/2012
NCL Pearl - Caribbean - 2/2013
NCL Breakaway - Bermuda - 6/9/2013
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From what I've read, that answer depends on what is important to you. In terms of cabin size, most of the difference is in the bathroom. However, the mid ship mini suites have pretty small balconies. I opted to go with an aft facing balcony instead of the mini suite for my trip in Feb 2014. I'd much rather invest my travel dollars in an enjoyable balcony than a bathroom.
I agree, we moved to a B1 aft cabin on the Breakaway, much better bang for your buck.
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11/2013 - Norwegian Breakaway - New York City - Port Canaveral, Florida - Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas - Nassau, Bahamas - (aft-extended balcony)
11/2011 - Carnival Liberty 2.0 - Miami, Florida - Cozumel, Mexico - Xunantunich Ruins, Belize - Roatan, Honduras - Grand Cayman - (balcony)
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I need 4 cabins , two of which need to sleep 4 persons. The choices that I am considering are mini suites 8 cabins from the rear of the ship vs. premium balcony cabins mid ship. My concern is the motion at the rear of the ship. Three of the families have not cruised before so I don't know how they will handle the motion. However, I like the sleeper sofa that the mini suite has so only one child has to use the drop down bed. Comfort vs. motion? Any thoughts? The cruise is to Alaska round trip out of Seattle.Hi we have cruised Alaska twice and I can tell you that you do not have a large open body water. You always will be able to see beautiful land....hope this helps . On one cruise to Alaska we had 21 -27 degrees Celsius ocean was like glass. When we were at the glacier watching the calving they had to change there hot bailey drinks to blue glacier tropical drink with a umbrella(lol).
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