Posted August 6th, 2008, 08:20 PM
We had a triple balcony with an upper berth on our last cruise and had intended to ask the steward to push the beds together, but when we got to the room, we decided to just live with the twins. (And it really wasn't so bad.)
If the beds are pushed together, then the ladder could be put at the foot of the bed. We tried the ladder in that position at one point, but it didn't sit on the rail as well, and it was harder for my daughter to get up and down because the bottom of the ladder ended up right against the wall. And then it also blocked access to the bathroom.
The other problem with pushing the lower bed away from the wall into a queen, as others pointed out, was that the berth would have ended up over that bed which would have made it a harder for its occupant to get out of bed because of the berth overhead. And one night my daughter kicked off the covers and they would have landed on top of us in the middle of the night instead of between the beds.
Another thought that crossed my mind was that the steward might have a hard time pulling the berth down every night and then making it up and putting it back in the morning with that queen in the way.
One advantage of the berth was that it freed up more floor space, and my 16 year-old daughter found it a lot more comfortable than a sofa bed that has folds in it.
If you really must have a queen, then a mini might be a better choice. We decided for the difference in price, we could deal with the twins, and we never felt cramped in the room.
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