(Closed) Booking Royal Caribbean Cruise… help!

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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  • Wedding: June 2010

The more expensive ones are somehow “better”.  But that’s fairly subjective. 

Depending on how they label their rooms it could indicate what floor you’re on.  Lower and closer to the middle of the ship you’ll feel less movement (if motion sickness is an issue to you), but higher you’re closer to the amenities.  But it’s fairly subjective as to exactly what you’re interested in, and whether you feel it’s worth paying more for.

Cheapest ones might be under a public space that’s noisy all the time, or near service areas or something. 

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  • Wedding: December 2012

QUESTION … are you self-booking with Royal Caribbean directly, OR are you using a Travel Agent / other Travel Website to make your Reservation (such as Expedia, Travelocity, etc)

The reason I ask, is you will find a lot of this sort of basic info by reading, navigating around the Royal Caribbean Website = http://www.royalcaribbean.com/home.do

Under PLAN A CRUISE you’ll find subheaders for various things… including one marked SHIPS

And beyond that more subcategories for each Class of Ship (a series of sister vessels) that RC has afloat in their fleet

Find your ship, and you’ll find more extensive Deck Plans (deck plans typically have numbers and names = Deck 7 / Vista Deck)

Generally speaking when you see a Number proceeded by a Letter, you are looking at Cabin Categories / Classes

Cabin Categories is how the Cruise Line defines room ammenties as well as location on the ship and pricing for similar units.

Generally speaking, price will increase as you raise higher in the ship.  And cabins with a view (exterior) more than inside interiors with out windows / view.

Also, generally speaking… midship will be more than front (fore) or back (aft)… with the exception being those cabins that look off the stern of the ship over the wake… these are in the industry known as Sunset Balconies… as they offer up cabins with the best views of the evening sunsets and sail aways from port (altho realistically… anywhere up on top in the outside public areas, can offer just as good a views)… so it really is the uniqueness of these cabins that make them much sought after.

So the Ds might mean that they are all Balcony Cabins… and the numbers behind, indicate their individual pricing based on WHERE exactly they are located… so a D4 could be fore, a D3 aft, a D2 midship… and a D1 one of the higher priced Sunset Balconies.

Also, if you haven’t cruised before, and are unsure if you’ll get seasick / vertigo or not, generally speaking the least rough a ride is found midship and low.  But vibration and engine noise etc can also be an issue (more so lower) or fore and aft.

Also when considering a cabin, educate yourself on WHERE the outdoor smoking areas are (RC ships are all NO SMOKING in the cabins).  Generally speaking for the RC Group (RC & Celebrity… smoking areas are on the port side… left side of the ship when facing forward).  So there is a chance that if you take a balcony cabin on that side, and near a smoking area, that you may smell… gets whifts of smoke at times… important if this is an issue for you.

Hope this helps,

PS… In addition to the Cruise Line’s Website (which has tons of info)… there is also Cruise Critic… which is TripAdvisor’s sister Website… CC is the “bible” when it comes to cruising… you can learn sooo much by browsing / reading that website.  Including REVIEWS on Cruise Lines, individual Cruise Ships etc.  And they have BOARDS like we do here on WBee where you can can post Questions (Boards for each Cruise Line… even each ship).  An invaluable source of info on CC for firsttime cruisers.

If you have more Questions you can always drop me a PM

 

 

 

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