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Mineu
01-05-2010, 12:32 PM
We are booked in side by side (one connecting/one not) SPH rooms for our upcoming cruise-I've been hoping that the other connecting would become available-but it looks like our ship will be quite full. So, for those who did ask to switch cabins-how did you go about it and did anyone have a negative reaction? Thanks!!

newrygirl
01-05-2010, 01:04 PM
disney cruisers are about the happiest people I have ever met, if you get to your stateroom right at 1:30 and catch the people in the other room before they start unpacking, even post a note on their door, I don't see why they would have a problem, you could offer to buy them a round of drinks or some small token to let them know how much you appreciate it.

ScouterJT
01-05-2010, 03:01 PM
I've never been in a SPH -- are you talking about an "even trade" or is the room you want a "real port hole" cabin and you will be asking them to trade down to a SPH?

kcashner
01-05-2010, 05:37 PM
That would be my approach--get to the room at 1:30 with your note already written. Attach it to the door with a cute magnet or put it on the fish delivery system. Basically explain that you are a family who would like the connecting staterooms but were unable to book them since their cabin was already taken, and ask whether you can switch the two rooms (going thru GS of course). Offer to allow them to look at your room first to make sure it is satisfactory, and point out that the room without the connecting door is likely to be quieter. Offer to purchase a round of drinks, smoothies, bottle of wine, or other "thank you" gift.

Do remember that not everyone is on board at 1:30; hang out in the "old" room and wait for a reply.

My logic is that the worst they can do is say no, and then you are no worse off than you are right now. Keep trying to work it out thru DCL, but then ask. If they say no, you won't see them much or anything. Do be clear in your letter that you won't hold any hard feelings.

Obviously, this all assumes that the cabins are equal; anything else, and you're basically out of luck.

Anal Annie
01-05-2010, 05:54 PM
These rooms are not all created equal so I am going to go out on a limb on this one and say there is probably a reason why they booked the middle cabin - and it's probably for the steamer trunk which is not in the non-connecting cabin. The other connecting cabin has the worst view out of all of them so they may not be willing to trade. Just be prepared that they may have made this a deliberate decision.

I know had a dilemma trying to decide which one to book for our Med cruise. We have been in 5520 and ended up booking 5020 - but there is no steamer trunk in either of those...and on a longer cruise that would be especially helpful. So I debated about booking either 5022 or 5522 in order to have the steamer and not compromise the view too much...but I've read that the connecting cabins can be noisy....AND I knew that families that need 2 cabins like those as a set. 5024 & 5524 have the most obstruction on the view so those are "out" in my book. But I DID miss having the steamer trunk in 5520 so it was a hard decision.

Good luck.

NancyIL
01-05-2010, 06:10 PM
As long as the cabins are next to each other, I don't see the need for them to connect - UNLESS your children are staying by themselves in one cabin. I would have your travel agent take it up with DCL rather than ask the occupants for a switch.

Subi WRX
01-05-2010, 06:25 PM
Sorry, I would not switch with you on the ship.

My family and work have my stateroom # in case there is an emergency, and I wouldn't want to go through the hassle of trying to reach them all before sail away.

safetymom
01-05-2010, 06:50 PM
I would keep trying for connecting rooms until you leave. If you don't get them I wouldn't try on the cruise. Many people pick their rooms for a reason. I wouldn't appreciate be asked to switch at the start of my vacation.

elkesails
01-05-2010, 06:52 PM
Sorry, I would not switch with you on the ship.

My family and work have my stateroom # in case there is an emergency, and I wouldn't want to go through the hassle of trying to reach them all before sail away.


There is always the possibility that one will be in a cabin other than what is assigned for any number of reasons. Cruise lines will find you in an emergency. I think most people would be willing to switch to make your cruise better unless there was a particular issue.
I like the idea of putting a note on the door asking them to consider the switch and sticking close to the cabin until you make contact. I would offer a fixed dollar amount and have the cash in my pocket. I would try to make it worth the hassle, based on my budget. I might also attach the note to a small gift (homemade cookies for example) and say something like...."thanks for even considering our request. We look forward to being your cruise-mates either way"...etc.
Once you make the contact and show them the room for trade I would make an excuse to disappear for 5-10 minutes to give them a chance to talk it over. I think the trick is to make the offer appealing and give them enough "breathing room" to realize that it might work for them.

I think there is a good chance it will work and no real downside in asking.

aiken4mickey
01-05-2010, 07:47 PM
I agree with alot of what is being said.........

It doesn't hurt to ask! Love the note on the door with a magnet...offer of drinks..even go with Disney Gift card....or another gesture of appreciation!

I certainly would be willing to help out a family in need...assuming the cabins were equal...And, the thought of having to relearn the cabin stateroom....the door magnet could be the answer for them?!

It is ture that people do book certain cabins for many reasons...and if that is the case...probably not willing to change...which is understandable.

The only problem I see right off is catching the family when they arrive..before they settle in....

Good luck...hope it works out for you!

AbsyBabsy
01-05-2010, 08:17 PM
Good luck with getting the room you want! You probably already know this one, but join the cruise meet and see if anyone on the meet has a connecting room they don't want - or even the room next to you. You never know when you get lucky - and if you don't try you don't get the option. I like the other poster's note about leaving a note letting them know that either way you still look forward to being next to them. It will make things less uncomfortable if they booked that particular room.

I would give you my room without a second thought.

Mineu
01-05-2010, 08:22 PM
Thanks for all of the great replies-I think we'll just take our chances that the room will open up-or the other family will get a last minute upgrade. I'd hate to ask if they really want the room and create an awkward situation... Of course, after they hear my husband snoring-they may ask us to switch!

closetmickey
01-06-2010, 01:54 AM
A nicely worded note can't hurt. I'd switch with you! :) Good luck.

cmclaura
01-06-2010, 02:11 AM
On our last cruise, we had a couple on the one side, and her parents on the other side. We wish they'd asked us to swap, as it would have been much easier for the woman to be next door to her elderly parents.

Unfortunately, we only found out on the last morning of the cruise that they belonged together! And we'd met them the day before at lunch and had a wonderful conversation with them -- you can imagine our surprise when we realized we were all roommates.

woody73
01-06-2010, 02:14 AM
I have changed cabins upon boarding and wondered how the new occupants of my old cabin enjoyed the gift from my TA and fish extender items I never received.

Woody

woody73
01-06-2010, 02:16 AM
. . . you can imagine our surprise when we realized we were all roommates.
That would surprise me too!

Perhaps you meant to say "neighbors."

Woody

goofycruise
01-06-2010, 07:43 AM
i wouldn't switch, you should book the room you want, pay extra if need be to get what you want. imagine giving up your room for a lesser room not achance in hell ~ also i think its rude to ask - makes you look selfish sorry just my opinion

lbuher
01-06-2010, 08:07 AM
i wouldn't switch, you should book the room you want, pay extra if need be to get what you want. imagine giving up your room for a lesser room not achance in hell ~ also i think its rude to ask - makes you look selfish sorry just my opinion

I respectfully disagree, as I know from experience how hard it is to get connecting rooms, even way in advance. No amount of "extra" money paid can get them. And I also know that some people get assigned staterooms by either DCL or their TA without any input whatsoever about what their preference might be. You are not asking these folks to downgrade to another category - and they MIGHT actually prefer a NON-connecting stateroom and not even realize that's what has been booked for them is a connecting one. Not everyone who goes on a DCL cruise visits these boards or are as informed as everyone here is!

You never know... the folks you are asking MIGHT interpret it as rude, as the PP suggested... but they might also be very kind, giving folks who really could care less about a steamer trunk and would be more than happy to help make someone else's trip a little nicer/easier. There ARE some unselfish folks left in this world, and I don't think YOU are selfish for respectfully asking for a favor - especially if you convey that it truly is OK, whatever they decide!

I would swap with you in a heartbeat. But I also understand the legitimate reasons other folks have posted that might make someone hesitant to do so. Bottom line, I sure don't think you will have lost anything by trying, and you'll never know unless you do.

Tneah
01-06-2010, 08:42 AM
I would considerate the offer.

As long as everything was equal and I wasn't getting less then it's no biggie to switch.

I know about the steamer trunk and it really doesn't sway me in any direction to switch or book one. By just asking us, I would feel that you had a very good reason for doing so. It's not an easy thing to ask.

I hope it all works out for you. If not, I hope the snoring does.:rotfl:

NancyIL
01-06-2010, 09:52 AM
We had a steamer trunk in our cat. 9, and I thought it was unneeded and kind of in the way.

closetmickey
01-06-2010, 01:20 PM
All this talk of a steamer trunk.....what exactly are they and are they in a cat. 4 room? Anyone have a photo?

MN Dis Fans
01-06-2010, 02:27 PM
On our 7-nt Western last July, we had cabins 5520 & 5522 booked, fully realizing that they did not connect. I checked with our DisBoard group:surfweb:, and regularly checked the DCL website in the hopes that 5524 would miraculously open up. It didn't. :confused3
I wrote up a very politely worded letter ahead of time mentioning that 5522 & 5524 were connecting, and that 5524 actually had a more obstructed view than 5520. I left this in their fish extender. I asked if they would graciously consider swapping rooms, and that I would certainly make it worth their while by buying them a bottle of wine, or spa treatment (not everyone drinks? :rotfl2:)

We checked in early, and in my letter I had given my cell phone number, (we were in port after all), and if they would consider swapping to give me a call. Well, I did get a call, and the wonderful family from Iowa was quite happy to swap:wizard:, so I went down and met up with them. We went to guest services, and got the KTTW cards fixed. They actually refused my offer of the wine / spa treatment. They even tried to give us our Castaway Cay gifts which had obviously been placed in 5520 ahead of time. I just said, please keep them! I was so grateful that they had agreed to swap. I ran into them many times during the cruise, and they said that 5520 was the best room ever, and they were so glad that they had agreed to do it. (And they loved the Castaway Club Gifts!)
So, I say, even if you do not manage to sort it out ahead of time, most people are wonderful, and will help out, if approached nicely. :love::flower3:

MN Dis Fans
01-06-2010, 02:43 PM
i wouldn't switch, you should book the room you want, pay extra if need be to get what you want. imagine giving up your room for a lesser room not achance in hell ~ also i think its rude to ask - makes you look selfish sorry just my opinion

I certainly mean no disrespect:hug:, and I note that you are fairly new to the DisBoards (by the number of posts you have made), but in actual fact 5520 / 5020 are the least obstructed SPH rooms, and if you only had 1x room booked, why would you ever want a connector? (5022 / 5024 & 5522 / 5524)which gives infinitely more chance for next door noise, and quite a difference as far as obstructed view goes? :confused3 It's not selfish, and in fact, it is win / win for both parties.

By agreeing to swap, families get a connecting room where it is easier to keep an eye on what's going on, and single room cruisers have a far less obstructed view, and less noise from the neighbors. :thumbsup2

blkim
01-07-2010, 05:31 PM
I didnt even think about this kind of thing, I have a connecting room, and I dont need it, if there was someone on one side of me, that wanted to be connected with the person on the OTHER side, I would definitely switch. As long as the room was EXACTLY the same, I mean I wouldnt want a room where the view was obstructed or something, but right now Im booked on the Wonder for 2/7 in a Cat 5 room on Deck 7. Moving one room over, would be no biggy to me.

Anal Annie
01-07-2010, 09:34 PM
I certainly mean no disrespect:hug:, and I note that you are fairly new to the DisBoards (by the number of posts you have made), but in actual fact 5520 / 5020 are the least obstructed SPH rooms, and if you only had 1x room booked, why would you ever want a connector? (5022 / 5024 & 5522 / 5524)which gives infinitely more chance for next door noise, and quite a difference as far as obstructed view goes? :confused3 It's not selfish, and in fact, it is win / win for both parties.

By agreeing to swap, families get a connecting room where it is easier to keep an eye on what's going on, and single room cruisers have a far less obstructed view, and less noise from the neighbors. :thumbsup2

Because in this case it might be because of the steamer trunk. There IS one in 5022 but not in 5020. That is valuable storage for a lot of people.:confused3

woody73
01-07-2010, 10:28 PM
That is valuable storage for a lot of people.
We like having the large shelves of a steamer trunk.

Woody

Presentation
01-08-2010, 09:06 AM
........We checked in early, and in my letter I had given my cell phone number, (we were in port after all), and if they would consider swapping to give me a call. Well, I did get a call.......


MN D F,

Can you please see this topic?
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=34923946#post34923946

I did not want to change this topic so I started my own.

Your post reminded me of getting a big surprise when I got my cell phone bill.