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Has anyone come across Window Suites (S7) ?

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We have just come off a Celebrity Cruise where we had a superb extremely large ocean view cabin.

We didn't actually miss the balcony and we preferred having the extra Space.

 

Having just had this experience I happened to stumble on the 'Window suites' on Grand Princess.

They are on deck 7 adjacent to the Casino. I guess they have been added fairly recently.

 

Has anyone come across these cabins or even had one?

We were offered F301 but didn't like the look of that one on the plan  (near toilets, lifts etc).

Do they come with all the suite privileges?

 

 

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The window suites were added in 2011 when the Grand had major changes including the removal of Skywalker's. There are 7 of them, deck 6 starboard side. There is a separate entrance to the hallway to access these suites. They are not near access to toilets or lifts, deck plan shows the exact location. The most forward and most aft of these have walls next to public areas, but I have not read of any problem with this situation. Yes, they come with full suite privileges.

These cabins are very popular and book up quickly.

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Above pic is window suite on Sky Princess.  They have same suite benefits as those with balconies.  

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The Caribbean, Grand and Golden have window suites on the "older" ships.  They have a private hallway and are very quiet, large and very nice.  F301 is smaller than the others as it shares a wall with a public restroom.  We did not stay in F301 but were at the other end of the hall.  They have all the benefits of suites and are convenient to everything.  We usually book a balcony but tried this on our last cruise and will book one again.

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We had a window suite on the Grand right after they were put in back in the fall of 2011. We were in F307 and here are our short videos of that suite.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Tu-gcJrd8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzHwFRg0abM

They are wonderful. If you can imagine we were upgraded to the suite from an ocean-view room.

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I enjoyed a WS on the Caribbean Princess twice.  With doors on both ends of this small WS area, there was not a lot of traffic beyond the 8 or so WS cabins.  I was planning on enjoying the Sky Princess WS this week, but plans changed.  

All three times I got a price at or slightly lower than CC mini and I had all the suite perks.  I don't miss the balcony.

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Tak8, I have WS booked for Sky next year;  am looking forward to it.  We sail late oct thru Canada and New England; I figure it will be too cold to sit on a balcony; so why not book a window suite. 

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We've stayed in F311 on the Grand a couple of times ... it was wonderful!! 

A couple of things to make note of:

 

F301 on the Grand class ships is somewhat smaller 

F313 is accessible, I believe 

There is a separate hallway to these cabins so basically, all noise and smoke from the casino really  doesn't affect these staterooms once inside.  I've heard complaints from someone in the F301 side that the door was propped open and they did get the smell of smoke in their rooms ... we didn't experience that towards the other end of the short hallway, though.  

The location is so very convenient, at least for us, it was.  I'd book one of these rooms again in a heartbeat.  Full suite benefits include breakfast in one of the specialty restaurants complete with mimosas.  They will pretty much arrange for you to have anything you want and there is no wait.  

Your entrance for the Club Class dining is directly across from these cabins ... again, no wait and a special dish is made available.  

Of the older ships, only the Grand, the Caribbean and the Golden have these cabins.  I think they are also available on one or some of the Royal class ships but, to me, the location isn't quite as convenient.  

If you can get one, I say, go for it!!  It is a great experience and even my DH that swears by having a balcony, loves when I book these cabins.  They are more like a nice hotel room with plenty of closet space, a large bathroom with double sinks and a shower as well as a jetted tub, large picture windows, etc. 

Oh and with the full suite, amongst other amenities, you get a free specialty dinner on the first (sometimes, second) night as well as a mini bar set up in your cabin.  

 

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We have a window suite (F309) booked for our Alaska R/T from L.A. on 16 May 2020. We had been looking for a chance to find a Cat 7 (Window Suite) on any cruise since we first looked into one in 2016. Now we have one and COVID 19 seems like she will take it from us. Besides the COVID 19 and possibly needing a "Fit to sail" letter from our Doctor (We are both in our 70's and I have Diabetes) there is nothing to worry about when we take this cruise

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If you don't mind not having a balcony grab one for all the reasons mentioned above.    In years past it has been suggested to get one of the higher number cabins not F301.   that end of the hallway is closer to the cigar bar and it has been reported an occasional  smell of smoke in the hallways only when someone leaves the doors open at the end of the hallway.  We had no smell of smoke down near F307 and certainly not In the cabin

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1 hour ago, WmFCoyote said:

We have a window suite (F309) booked for our Alaska R/T from L.A. on 16 May 2020. We had been looking for a chance to find a Cat 7 (Window Suite) on any cruise since we first looked into one in 2016. Now we have one and COVID 19 seems like she will take it from us. Besides the COVID 19 and possibly needing a "Fit to sail" letter from our Doctor (We are both in our 70's and I have Diabetes) there is nothing to worry about when we take this cruise

We had one booked THIS May. At least, there's a chance you'll be able to take your cruise.

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If you check my post, our cruise is also scheduled for May of this year.

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We were supposed to have one of the window suites on the Grand on the 3/29 sailing. Oh well. 

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Sounds like these are great cabins if you're not bothered about having a balcony.

The suite privilege are qwell worth having obviously.

Is the thermal suite one included on the Grand or not?

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18 hours ago, WmFCoyote said:

If you check my post, our cruise is also scheduled for May of this year.

Oops!! Senior moment...I keep forgetting what year it is. :classic_blush:

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The only thing I wonder about the new ships is the motion one might feel in the forward cabin WS.  I liked the aft suites which were not WS. Hopefully I will to book one again in the near future.

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Have sailed in these S7's on Grand, Golden and Caribbean.  We were in one of them on Grand's ill fated February 21st sailing.  I can't recommend being confined to even these very nice cabins for 6 straight days as we were before being shipped off to Travis, but I digress.

 

These are great cabins assuming you won't use or miss the balcony.  Location wise they are fantastic, a few short steps from the theater, a few short steps from CC dining.  Suite breakfast (on Grand at least) is just one floor above in Crown Grill.

 

As other have commented, F301 is somewhat smaller, what's really lost though isn't floor space but storage and flat space.  The other WS's have a massive (like 20 foot long) counter near the windows which includes a lot of storage space.  Much of this goes away in F301, still I'd take it if it were the only one available.  We have smelled smoke in the hallway on some voyages from the nearby cigar bar - but have never smelled even a whiff in our cabin.  I'll note that our recent trip on Grand we detected no smell whatsoever.

 

Love these rooms!

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Thank you to everyone for your very helpful replies.

we have booked F311 and are very much looking forward to it. Hopefully in 17 months time the cruising world will be up and running again.

 

What happened on the Grand on its ‘infamous’ February 2020 sailing?

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1 hour ago, Traderboy said:

 

 

What happened on the Grand on its ‘infamous’ February 2020 sailing?

 

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