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Old 10-09-2012, 03:19 PM   #16
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I would choose the longer trip. However, concierge and cabanas don't really interest me. I really don't think you spend enough time in the room to worry about the space issue, however if it is a big factor you could look into booking an inside and an outside room as another poster mentioned.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:35 PM   #17
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I would go with 7 nights on Fantasy instead of 4 nights on the Dream. However, I'd strongly urge you to price out 2 staterooms. They give very little discount for 3rd and 4th passengers, so you might be able to get 2 staterooms, maybe a lower category, or one stateroom of a lower category, with very little difference in cost. It would be so nice to have 2 staterooms. While I'm sure it's nice to have concierge, like the others, I'd much prefer a longer cruise, and 2 staterooms. Then again, I'm not the sort of person who sits out at the beach all day, so a cabana would be wasted on me (plus, I'd never spend the money!), and I'm not that worried about where I sit at dinner, etc. Guess you need to think about what will best suit the needs of your family. Good luck, and happy cruising!
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:46 PM   #18
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If we change to the Fantasy, we give up Concierge (there aren't any left), but we will get two Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah cabins -- for just a total of $311 more. On other cruises we've been on, we were always in each other's room the anyway. That's why I had booked the 1-Bedroom Concierge on the Dream. That said, I figured out that if we keep my wife and I in the Concierge, and put the adult kids in the highest non-Concierge cabin, that it is actually cheaper ... so 900 square feet for cheaper than 600 square feet. HOWEVER, I'm not sure how that would mess up our ability to keep our Concierge choice of seating place with a mixed table (Concierge/Non-Concierge) ... or even if they would do it.

On another note, I never really heard from anyone on the difference between 1-Bedroom Concierge on Magic compared with Wonder ... thoughts?
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:02 PM   #19
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In the scenario you describe, your children would not be able to join you in the concierge lounge (well, they aren't supposed to let them in) or deck, but you could probably still get access to a cabana (if available) which would be for your whole group, and reservations, dining assignment, etc. for your entire party if the reservations are linked. I don't think they could have the tender priority, though (if you would be doing a Western itinerary).

Can't help you with Wonder vs Magic concierge. Maybe someone else here can answer.
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