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regal/crown/royal/carribean specifically if possible

just curious what some bad experiences have been. i'm assuming under pool/buffet, near night clubs or smoking areas are some general examples.

but i havent studied princess enough to know the ins and outs.
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Originally posted by luckyinpa
regal/crown/royal/carribean specifically if possible

just curious what some bad experiences have been. i'm assuming under pool/buffet, near night clubs or smoking areas are some general examples.
but I haven't studied princess enough to know the ins and outs.
A study of the deck plans will give you a good idea of what cabins to avoid. No balcony cabins on any of the ships you mention will be bothered by the small smoking areas.
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Originally posted by paul929207
Which category guarantee are you booking?
balcony. theres no option other than that on the deal screen. it lets you choose a deck sometimes...but i'm pretty sure GTY means you can get one anywhere on the ship?
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Originally posted by luckyinpa
balcony. theres no option other than that on the deal screen. it lets you choose a deck sometimes...but i'm pretty sure GTY means you can get one anywhere on the ship?
All GTY bookings have a minimum category (such as BD or BC or BY for obstructed) within the cabin type attached. On the Princess website you can tell by looking at the color of the square to the left of the selection box; it corresponds to the color of one of the cabin categories available on that deck. Though as you say you could be assigned a cabin on any deck--as long as the cabin is the same or higher category represented by the color square.

So as a totally random example: if the cabins directly under the Horizon Court are category BE, you cah choose a balcony guarantee for BD or higher by going to a deck with BD cabins on the 'select a cabin' page and making sure the color square matches the color of the BD (or BC or higher) cabins.
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ok i kind of see what you are saying now. sorta. i just checked on my one trip and only insides gty are left. all pricing is exactly the same but you can choose deck 15 16 with blue square. 9 to 14 with purple. deck 8 light blue ]

if you are saying they would honor my deck 15/16 preference that is amazing. is that what you are saying?

on the royal there are only 10 insides of that color on deck 16 so id love one of those. deck 15 has about the same as well
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Originally posted by luckyinpa
ok i kind of see what you are saying now. sorta. i just checked on my one trip and only insides gty are left. all pricing is exactly the same but you can choose deck 15 16 with blue square. 9 to 14 with purple. deck 8 light blue ]

if you are saying they would honor my deck 15/16 preference that is amazing. is that what you are saying?

on the royal there are only 10 insides of that color on deck 16 so id love one of those. deck 15 has about the same as well
They're basically guaranteeing a cabin that is in the category you pay for or above. You won't know where it's located until it's assigned.
If you book one of those insides that are still available, you could be assigned an inside that's in that category or better. OR you could end up in an oceanview, balcony, mini-suite or suite. Although, anything more than an oceanview is extremely rare.
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thanks for the info. for the fun of it i began clicking every possible cabin type. turns out they have some obstructed balconies deck 8 regal left for one trip.now to research them
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We just booked a BF guarantee on the Crown...and were assigned (already) a BB.

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Just because you book a GTY, doesn't mean you will get one of available cabins today, yes it happens, but, then as the sailing gets closer they can move you again, maybe same category, but usually better, depending how the ship is selling, or when large brokers release their blocks of cabins. I always book a GTY, because to us, it doesn't matter where our cabin is. When booking an inside GTY on the Regal or Royal, you do have the possibility of getting a lower end balcony because there are no ocean view on those ships.

A couple of years ago, on the Caribbean Princess. I booked an ocean view obstructed Lido forward. Then I was moved to an Emerald deck obstructed. A couple of weeks before the sailing, I was moved to Plaza ocean view, then to a Caribe Balcony.....the extra large balcony.....This year, I went from an obstructed Marina balcony to a Deluxe balcony on Emerald deck.
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I’m not sure that there are any BAD, some are better than others, and what is good for one may not be for another.

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i found a site with pics of regal obstructed views on 8. its fantastic. shows almost ever balcony the exact view and some of these are still left to be chosen. not GTY.

so discounting the lifeboat deck i cannot think of really any worse things except under a public deck
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Originally posted by luckyinpa
i cannot think of really any worse things except under a public deck
I know you only asked for bad experiences, but we have had only good experiences with balcony guarantees - many times. We've been under both the pool deck and the buffet and never had a problem. Yes, you may hear chairs scraping on the deck, but mostly just during clean-up time, and mostly if you happen to be on your balcony....and never during "normal" sleeping hours. I can't remember ever being awakened by an outside disturbance. Being under a "public deck" should be the least of your worries, IMHO. So, bottom line, if you are happy with port or starboard, forward or aft, go with the GTY if the price is right!
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Originally posted by luckyinpa
i found a site with pics of regal obstructed views on 8. its fantastic. shows almost ever balcony the exact view and some of these are still left to be chosen. not GTY.

so discounting the lifeboat deck i cannot think of really any worse things except under a public deck
Renmar's site, been around for years. Essential for anyone booking obstructed view Deck 8 cabins, oceanview or balcony, as we do.
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Originally posted by thinfool
We just booked a BF guarantee on the Crown...and were assigned (already) a BB.

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I have consistently noticed from numerous postings that the BF GTY bookings get the fastest cabin assignments. The one time we did one several years back, it was a day or two later at most. And I read your experience over and over here on CC. But other GTY's can take "forever", including up to day or two before departure. It may be because there are so few of them and they want to continue selling. If I was booking a Balcony, I'd try that route again.
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there's still 1 more actual obst balc i can choose on regal left. just 493 for 11 nites and you can choose your own cabin.. crazy cheap. but no one must want to sail over christmas

if you want deck 15/16 on regal gty its 753 or you can pick your balc on the lower decks for that price.
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Originally posted by rocky1
I know you only asked for bad experiences, but we have had only good experiences with balcony guarantees - many times. We've been under both the pool deck and the buffet and never had a problem. Yes, you may hear chairs scraping on the deck, but mostly just during clean-up time, and mostly if you happen to be on your balcony....and never during "normal" sleeping hours. I can't remember ever being awakened by an outside disturbance. Being under a "public deck" should be the least of your worries, IMHO. So, bottom line, if you are happy with port or starboard, forward or aft, go with the GTY if the price is right!
i dont mind good experiences but i always like to know the worst that can happen then be surprised when i get better.
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I've booked guaranteed cabins on both Princess and Celebrity before. On Celebrity, I've never gotten a bad cabin .. quite the contrary, I've always been assigned to excellent cabin choices, albeit, never have been assigned outside the category of which I've booked but have saved a ton of money.
On Princess, I will never ever book another guarantee cabin. I've tried 3 times and always gotten a very noisy room. Now, will just pay the extra and choose a specific cabin.
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that stinks about your bad princess experience. there are a few obstr. balconies that i can choose myself yet on some of these cruises but they are going fast. i'm assuming a nice mid forward /mid/mid aft obstructed on deck 8 overlookign the lifeboats would pretty much mean no noise as you apparently ran into

what made your GTY so noisy. what location?
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wow these go fast.. all post dec 25 cruises are now gone except one. i put hold on until midnite because a friend of mine showed interest. choose the best obst/balc that was available. but for 169 guess cant complain lol
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