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Old 06-23-2013, 10:49 AM   #31
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One thing I don't think I read in the thread was also, not only do you get a verandha, but you also get extra square footage with the upgrade in rooms, I think it goes from 178 to 256 sq ft. Not much, but that is a bonus, especially with 3 adults.
Only my 17 year old daughter and myself (Special Mother/Daughter short weekend cruise)
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:54 AM   #32
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We booked a verandah, aft 6688 (love that room, well we actually had 6188 on the Dream), for our 7 night Eastern Caribbean for just my hubby and I, I know we will use it quite often.
We're going to be in 6688 on our 7 night Eastern Caribbean in Jan!
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:05 AM   #33
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We're going to be in 6688 on our 7 night Eastern Caribbean in Jan!
Take pics....PLEASE!!!! And then email me....can't wait to see views from 6688...to see how much starboard I can see. 6188 was great, but more port side.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:17 AM   #34
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We have stayed in Cat 11 inside, Cat 9 OV, Cat 5 (veranda) and Concierge. We prefer a veranda (or of course concierge) for cruises over 5 nights, but will adapt according to our budget at the time of sailing. For a 3-4 night cruise I would definitely save the $200 and use the money on the ship towards something else. We actually slept like babies in the inside cabin.

We tend to spend more time on the veranda on longer cruises. We are doing a cruise out of Galveston in October and are currently booked in a 9A GTY. The cruise was such a bargain that we couldn't pass it up, so this will be our economy trip. DH is going to miss his veranda mid-way through the cruise though.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:41 AM   #35
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We love having a veranda, but wife has a fear of veranda with the kids. Until she gets over her fear, we have been getting the largest cabin possible without a veranda. Our next FAntasy, we have a 8a.
We will be cruising on the Magic in November with a toddler. I was assured that there is no way the little guy could open the door to the veranda by a Disney TA. Did I get correct information? I am wondering why your wife is nervous about having the veranda with kids, though we're on a different ship (our first Disney cruise).?
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:45 AM   #36
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We will be cruising on the Magic in November with a toddler. I was assured that there is no way the little guy could open the door to the veranda by a Disney TA. Did I get correct information? I am wondering why your wife is nervous about having the veranda with kids, though we're on a different ship (our first Disney cruise).?
Not sure about the Magic, but the Dream had a lock at the top of the door, the handle was in the usual location but had a locking mechanism at the top so little kids could not reach.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:49 AM   #37
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So you think that my daughter 17 and myself will have enough room in a category 11A cabin on the Magic? I mean to get ready....are the bathrooms really tiny, basically just showering in there anyway, I always get ready in the room.
I just want that balcony, but $210 more is a piece of artwork, but I enjoy it during sail away.....docking.....at night...etc.,. I guess I could promise my hubby I just will not buy anything and get the balcony...LOL
You should have plenty of space. The one thing to consider, though, is that the cat 11s don't have the split bath, so there's only one bathroom. If you upgrade to a cat 10 you'll have the split bath (shower/vanity and toilet/vanity) so you could both do your makeup at the same time.

That said - I usually do my hair/makeup at the desk, so it hasn't been an issue. We've often cruised in Cat 11s with 3 (DH, DD 5-9 and myself) and never had an issue with space.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:53 AM   #38
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You should have plenty of space. The one thing to consider, though, is that the cat 11s don't have the split bath, so there's only one bathroom. If you upgrade to a cat 10 you'll have the split bath (shower/vanity and toilet/vanity) so you could both do your makeup at the same time.

That said - I usually do my hair/makeup at the desk, so it hasn't been an issue. We've often cruised in Cat 11s with 3 (DH, DD 5-9 and myself) and never had an issue with space.
I do my makeup at desk also!!!
My only concern, is if I will miss the balcony.... but it is only 3 nights/2 days.....so I can probably miss it, right?!
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:18 PM   #39
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Do the verandah!! It's really nice to watch the beautiful sunsets at night looking at the water and the stars! You will enjoy it a lot and if its just a $200 difference, then I'd say go for it!
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:28 PM   #40
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In 24 cruises, I've had 4 verandah cabins - and 2 of them were free upgrades. It hasn't been true for me that once you have a verandah - you can't go back to an OV or an inside.

Since 3-night cruises have no sea days, I'd save the money. For me - $200 is several nights at a hotel at WDW!
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:42 PM   #41
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Y'all are killing me...lol......half say save the money & stay inside, other half say enjoy the verandah!!! $200 is port parking & tips....or the hotel the night before. I like staying at Disney the night before but we can't leave till later that day, which means getting in at 8 or 9. I think we stay at a hotel that starts with an H at Port Canaveral...just can't remember name.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:50 PM   #42
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country inn & suites.....no idea where I got the "h" from...lol!!!
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country inn & suites.....no idea where I got the "h" from...lol!!!
Nice hotel, and the closest one to the port.

Now, I am frugal to a fault when it comes to booking cruise ship cabins. However, I am more than willing to pay for "experiences" that will be remembered long after the trip has ended. People rarely look back on a trip and miss the extra $200 they spent; just spend it on something you will really value. Is there something special that you've always wanted to do at Castaway Cay or Nassau? Will you look back on this trip and be really glad you spent your time sitting on your balcony, or would looking at an art purchase from the ship give you more pleasure?
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We're all readers and would spend time on the verandah with our books just to chill out between activities. We did occasionally smell cigarette smoke, but not enough to be bothersome. Our next cruise is Alaska and we did not spring for a verandah; time will tell if that was the right choice!
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:48 PM   #45
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I am not a smoker, so I had no idea you were allowed to smoke on your verandah!!! YUCK!!!!! I hate cigarette smoke....
Anyway, my travel agent put a hold on the stateroom I wanted on the Magic. It is a secret Verandah category 07A...room 7620 (starboard side, with plexiglass), so now i have 2 days to decide what we want. Decisions
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