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We often do not bother booking specific cabins, unless there is a compelling reason.

 

Hank

 

In our view, there is ALWAYS a 'compelling reason' (too numerous to mention here) to book a specific cabin.

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We often do not bother booking specific cabins, unless there is a compelling reason. Guarantees will often get you an upgrade and we generally do not care too much about our cabin location. Over our 100 plus cruises we have actually had numerous problems with carefully chosen cabins whereas our guarantees have usually left us happy cruisers.

 

Hank

 

You must have the luck of the Irish :).

 

None of our roll call got upgrades on our recent cruise nor the previous ones. they all got the assignments expected.

 

As long as it works for you, life is good :D

 

In our view, there is ALWAYS a 'compelling reason' (too numerous to mention here) to book a specific cabin.

 

We too book specific cabins when possible. If the only option is a guarantee then I make Dam sure that I will be happy in any cabin in that category ;)

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In 2016, we booked a VD guarantee balcony on the Zuiderdam for a 26 day Med/TA cruise ending in FLL. They originally assigned us a deck 6 forward balcony, which was grade VD. Out TA thought she was doing us a favor and beat up on HAL and they moved us to a deck 5 mid-ships VA grade cabin. When we looked at the cabin pictures on that website that shows cabin pictures, we saw that a mid-ships, deck 5 veranda has a beautiful view of the tops of the big orange life boats one deck below. Sitting on the bed and looking out, you do have a nice view of the sea. But standing on the balcony and trying to look down, all we saw was big orange lifeboats. This was definitely NOT an upgrade, even though we went from VD to VA. We pitched a fit to our agent, and HAL moved us back to our original cabin, 6006, which was a beautiful view and no obstructions. We later learned that those mid-ships deck 5 cabins on Vista class ships were originally VE grade, partially obstructed. HAL changed that to VA to beef-up the inventory, but we would have been very unhappy. Since then, we book early, and always select a stern veranda cabin.

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We later learned that those mid-ships deck 5 cabins on Vista class ships were originally VE grade, partially obstructed.
We haven't booked a gty since that mass re-categorization, and most likely never will again unless that's the only option. My DB/DSiL had one of those balconies right over a life boat and were very happy with it ... but that's because they had only paid for a deck 4 HH guaranty!! :D

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We booked a qty obstructed balcony cabin on the Koningsdam, basically because we just wanted a balcony cabin. I am sure we will be happy with whatever cabin (balcony) we are assigned.

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