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poohfriend
07-21-2006, 06:33 PM
I know I've seen this before, but at the time I never imagined I'd get the chance to go on DCL with just my hubby. And Now I can't find the thread.

It is only $150 difference on the cruise I'm looking at to have a cat 7 with a balcony than a cat 9. I've been completley happy with cat 9 in the past...would the two of us enjoy $75 worth each to have the balcony?

thanks for your input... :thumbsup2

WDWLVR
07-21-2006, 06:48 PM
Well only you would know if it was right for you, but I love having a verandah and the Cat 7's are my favorite. It is so nice to sit out there at all times of the day. Early morning to watch the sunrise or having my morning tea. Mid-day to get away from the crowds at the pool to relax with a good book. Late at night to just gaze at the stars.

If you are one who is only in the room to sleep and change clothes then it might not be for you, but we enjoy our alone time in the room as well and love the verandah.

Super Goof
07-21-2006, 06:52 PM
I would say: Yes! :thumbsup2

We had a balcony on our cruise earlier this year. It was great. It was really nice ordering a room service goodie and sitting on the balcony in the late evening after the kids went to sleep. One night DW and I had a cheese and cracker tray and a little red wine, and another night the whole family enjoyed a moonlight dessert. Watching the stars, moon, waves, and ships go by was extremely peaceful - not to mention romantic and relaxing. One of my favorite cruise memories is that quiet time on the balcony at night. It was also nice in the morning for sipping coffee, absorbing the sights, reading the Navigator, and so forth while the family was getting ready for the day. I would highly recommend a balcony for your cruise, especially since its just the two of you.

imheather
07-21-2006, 06:58 PM
I say YES! Do it....

Heather

BuzzNutt
07-21-2006, 06:59 PM
I vote for YES!!! The view, the air, the relaxation! Oh I cannot wait folr my verandah I hope you enjoy yours.

poohfriend
07-21-2006, 06:59 PM
It's nice to imagine how the balcony would be used. Jan 7 here we come :cool1:

Kim&Chris
07-21-2006, 08:13 PM
YES!

We had the same hesitation prior to our May '06 cruise, but then we thought, "ah, what the heck....who knows if we'll ever have this opportunity again".

Let me tell you - I'm SO glad we did! Nothing was more exciting than sitting on our verandah & watching the Magic pull into Castaway Cay. We loved sitting out there on sea days and just looking at the beautiful blue water and relaxing.

Go for it...you won't regret it.

BoardwalkBabe
07-21-2006, 08:14 PM
I love having a verandah and we spend a decent amount of time out there. It's a great place to watch things as you pull into/leave from ports, I sit out there and read, have a snack, etc. Very quiet, relaxing spot. :sunny:

pppiglet
07-21-2006, 08:53 PM
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ski-and-Sea
07-21-2006, 09:08 PM
Absolutely yes!!!! :thumbsup2

TheYES!man
07-21-2006, 09:11 PM
Yes!!

HLAuburn
07-21-2006, 09:40 PM
NO!!!

Just kidding! ;) Go for it! Balconies are wonderful! I got DH started on cruises, and we've had a balcony every time now...he's spoiled! It's easy to get used to sitting out there on your private balcony, listening to the water, or watching the boat pull into or leave port. Heaven!

DVCconvert
07-21-2006, 09:46 PM
Should a couple splurge for balcony ?

Yup -- if for no other reason than to know you have something to jump off from should you need too! ;)

Oh...and it's a nice relaxing place to be when you're not sinking or capsizing too! :teeth:

Jpoo
07-21-2006, 10:44 PM
consider the romantic possibilities with a verandah, too! Of course I mean the moonlight! ;)

woody73
07-22-2006, 12:31 AM
Yes, do it!

Woody

aynastasia
07-22-2006, 01:15 AM
Yes it's worth it. Especially nice too if you have a little bit different sleeping schedules. I tend to get up a little earlier and it was nice to sit on the balcony and read a book while he was still sleeping. That way I didn't feel like I was "wasting" any of my vacation time or bothering his sleep, and my other half didn't have to come searching for me on deck. Nothing like a sunrise/sunset on your own balcony for a romantic moment either.
Rachel

Andrew DEREK UK
07-22-2006, 06:58 AM
Yes for seven days and over,
No for 3/4 days.

We really like ours but use it on sea days most, was very handy on the Panama canal to view.

NancyDVC
07-22-2006, 07:31 AM
Once you have a verandah you will never want to go back without one. Early morning, late afternoon, evening, night, in port, at sea, always wonderful. We have had a verandah on both our Disney cruises and booked one for our next cruise! Ahh I wish I was sitting on one right now!
:goodvibes

MinnesotaMouseketeers
07-22-2006, 08:40 AM
For only $150.00 more I would go for it. We had one on our last 4 night cruise and enjoyed using it. It was really nice first thing in the morning and to relax a little before turning in for the night.

marlaymike
07-22-2006, 08:50 AM
Don't do it, use that money to buy things onboard. We stayed in an inside room, and well we were always upstairs and walking around. There is no need for a balcony. And, I'm like you a couple without kids.

kplatt
07-22-2006, 09:27 AM
I personally won't book a stateroom with a balcony again, but for only $150 I'd say go for it!! You may love it, and even if you don't, you'll still have a great view from inside!

MB MinnieGirl
07-22-2006, 09:32 AM
Yes for seven days and over,
No for 3/4 days.

We really like ours but use it on sea days most, was very handy on the Panama canal to view.

We've been on the 3 day and had a verandah and LOVED it!! We were not in the room a great deal but at night it was so beautiful and relaxing. In the morning...waking up to the view was something that was well worth it. Personally I could not go back to an inside cabin now for any amount of time. So my only word of caution is beware - you will become used to it. ;)

Enjoy your cruise!!! :cheer2:

We leave in 2 weeks and cannot wait for that view once again. :hourglass

~~~Kelly

NYAna
07-22-2006, 09:42 AM
Would you get a verandah on a January 7 day cruise? Would you sit outside?

MB MinnieGirl
07-22-2006, 06:03 PM
Would you get a verandah on a January 7 day cruise? Would you sit outside?

Personally....if I'm on a cruise, I would have a verandah. :sunny:

captaincrash
07-22-2006, 06:32 PM
Ok...

...here's another YES vote.... We have kids and thus our own reasons for stepping down to window reservations. BUT - if we did not have our kids along and the cost was attractive or tolerable - then there would be NO QUESTION as to whether we would get a veranda.

Now... everyone has their own "ideas" of how to go about things. We are always hoping for an upgrade for free - but that sort of stuff is quite rare. And we are comfortable with booking cat "" windows on our last 3 DCL sailings. However, we did book a veranda this past Valentines day for a CCL Spirit Mexican cruise. It cost less than a window on DCL!... and to be candid ... we had significantly LESS fun on CCL versus DCL 7 day sailings for more money. Yes - we had great fun with CCL - but DCL was a LOT more fun for us! SO CCL was not a exactly a bargain after all!

So - book the veranda have don't 2nd guess it a stitch!

Cheers!

CRSNDSNY
07-22-2006, 07:54 PM
I know I've seen this before, but at the time I never imagined I'd get the chance to go on DCL with just my hubby. And Now I can't find the thread.

It is only $150 difference on the cruise I'm looking at to have a cat 7 with a balcony than a cat 9. I've been completley happy with cat 9 in the past...would the two of us enjoy $75 worth each to have the balcony?

thanks for your input... :thumbsup2
We've had a CAT 5 twice, a CAT 8 and a CAT 9. Being able to compare the two, I'd say that YES, the extra $$$ is worth it!

lbgraves
07-22-2006, 08:07 PM
I would never pay the extra money for a verandah. We were able to enjoy one last cruise when we were upgraded from 8 to 4 but had to make a point of going out on it every day. We are just too busy out of the room to sit & spend much time on it. I think that the most time I spent on it was with DD Sunday afternoon while DS & DH were out doing something. We did our nails out there & DD spotted a rainbow in the distance.

captaincrash
07-22-2006, 08:09 PM
:confused3 We've had a CAT 5 twice, a CAT 8 and a CAT 9. Being able to compare the two, I'd say that YES, the extra $$$ is worth it!

Well...

... that's a no-brainer at $150 pp. For our September 17th sailing which we just booked last friday (8 days ago) we got a catagory 12 guarantee - and to have booked as a window it would have cost our party of 4 (2 kids ages 2 and 5) in a catagory 9 an additional $1900. And if we went with a veranda catagory 6 - the lowest veranda catagory now available) it would have cost $3400 more. So we opted for the catagory 12 guarantee and are taking our chances on getting better than a 12... and really hoping for a window. A veranda is not unexpected.... as I imagine they would be bumping someone deserving who is reserved in a window to a veranda before they gave it to us.

And yeah - we booked right at 60 days prior to sailing. We had no advanced booking discounts. :confused3

lbgraves
07-22-2006, 08:30 PM
At least you know you will get upgraded to at least an 11. :) Have a great cruise!

tde1969
07-22-2006, 11:13 PM
Just Do It. We've done both and I will never book another one without it. We have one for September of this year and next year in the Med. I love first thing in the morning to take my coffee I've ordered the night before and head out, sit down and just review the navigator and what the day holds. I love in the afternoon, getting ready for the show and dinner, to have a nice glass of wine out there and watch the sun start to go down. And I love at night when the ship is dark and the kid is asleep to head out there, with the left over wine from earlier, and hear the darkness and kiss on the one I love.........

EAP'sDAD
07-23-2006, 12:58 AM
My DW asked me the question the other way. Would you regret not having a balcony for $150.00? My answer would be yes, I know there would be a couple of times a day where I would think how nice it would be to be out on the verandah with a drink and a book.

woody73
07-25-2006, 07:32 PM
. . . We've done both and I will never book another one without it. We have one for September of this year and next year in the Med. . .

We stayed at a villa with a balcony on the Mediterranean. The balcony was so relaxing, and the sunsets were just breathtaking.

Woody

jdybnsn
07-26-2006, 01:58 AM
Actually if you work it out per person,... per day,.....it all sounds very reasonable !!

(my DP doesn't call me 'the queen of justification' for nothing ! :thumbsup2 )

doccath
07-26-2006, 05:59 AM
:thumbsup2 absolutely
think about it- you are worth it

zweihund
07-26-2006, 07:41 AM
If you think it would add something extra special to the cruise, then I say go for it. We had one last year on our 3-day and made great use of it, even though I was skeptical about it when we booked. We don't have kids, so the cruise was all about us. We spent time out there in the mornings and the evenings as a little getaway, and it was lovely.