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Old 10th October 2019, 21:15   #11
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Problem with many cruise lines is that they have realised that there is a big demand for "balcony cabins" and many ships have them squeezed in .........so always best to do ones homework as to facilities and floor area, especially regarding the en suite etc...... eg. I personally hate a shower curtain so I always look for a proper shower door. What is deluxe on one ship and cruise line is average on another.

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Interesting, we have been threatening to go on a cruise for a few year and felt ready to take the plunge just for 7 to 10 days as an extra holiday around April 2020. We were advised to sail from uk so the wife can pack enough dresses and also take a couple of boxes of wine on board.

Having seen some of the cruise details and video's taken by passengers I have to say i was less than impressed with the balcony cabins, we have frequently had weekends away in Amsterdam and used P&O from Hull, with the exception of the balcony the cabins seem very similar to the best grade cabins on the ferry, which were just adequate, also the shopping areas seems very similar.

The pools seem crowded as do the decks and the pictures of the water in the pools overflowing due to sea swell seemed to be a common occurrence.

We usually hire a private villa with pool etc and hire a car and go exploring. Alternatively as a second break we may have a week as a package holiday in a hotel and again come and go as we please even if we are A.I.

Cruises seem to be A.I. but you are only allowed to leave the hotel on certain days.

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you will need to check about taking alcohol on board, companies have tightened up on this, the more you take the less they sell.

balconies may not be big but, decent widow size, can open patio door to the outside world and a better view and fresh air. Not sure if I suffer from claustrophobia but no balcony, no cruise. We leave out balcony door open during the night to listen to the sea.

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a couple of tips for choosing a cabin, centre from back to front = less pitching.
check what is on the deck above and below. you don't want the gym above and disco below.

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a couple of tips for choosing a cabin, centre from back to front = less pitching. check what is on the deck above and below. you don't want the gym above and disco below. macafee2
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a couple of tips for choosing a cabin, centre from back to front = less pitching.
check what is on the deck above and below. you don't want the gym above and disco below.

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Sound advice , as is the comment about alcohol in macafees previous post.
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