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New cruiser (and family). We're planning on booking a Spring Carribean cruise on the Jewel and, well, like probably all others new to this, have some questions and hope someone can help. The big question: rooms. There are 4 of us (Mom, Dad, 2 kids - ages 10 & 12). Don't know if we should reserve a suite (e.g., one type of the Penthouse rooms has a separate kids bedroom) or if we should just get 2 connecting rooms (Balcony and/or Inside Staterooms). Anybody have any thoughts, opinions, or other helpful infomation (please!!!).


Thanks in advance.



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I would recommend taking the cheapest option. NCL has family rates on some cruises, where you pay half off for an Inside Cabin as the second cabin.

Most often, booking two insides cabins is cheaper than booking a family suite.

The main advantage of having two cabins over one cabin is you get two bathrooms.

Take you time and compare prices, pick the best deal for your family.

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Your budget - your call. In order of estimated cost keeping a balcony in the answer.


The AB Penthouse is perfect for your family - Pure luxury for you and the wife. Separate bedroom and bath for the kids and a living room for all. Everyone gets there space and no worry on what is going on across the hall.




An AE penthouse (lowest cost with full perks) plus an inside at 50% off.


Adjoining Balcony cabins that are on the Jewel May end up more then above)


A balcony with an inside for the kids.


all 4 in a Mini Suite - twin beds and double sofa bed


all 4 in a balcony - two twins, single sofa bed and pullman


If the AB is in the budget jump on it then tend to sell out first


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Thank you so much for your information.


We ended up reserving two rooms: a mini-suite (AF) and an inside stateroom (I) located directly across the hall. Not sure if we're doing the right thing but we wanted a balcony, a little more elbow room and some separation. To be honest, I think we spent a little more money than necessary. Unfortunately, we couldn't really tell a lot about the rooms from NCL's web site and pictures.


Your comments on the AB penthouse are interesting. We actually could have booked one but passed believeing that it might have prevented us parents from enjoying sufficient private space and time. I think it's a great option for families with kids younger than ours. Time will tell if that was dumb or not. Am figuring that we won't be spending much time in the rooms anyway and that, when we do, we'll enjoy a little more space.


So, thanks again, and happy cruising!



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