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Old 11-01-2012, 10:42 AM   #1
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How important is a verandah?

We are looking at booking our first cruise, and I cannot decide on what type of room to book. We will be one adult and 2 kids, age 7 and 9. I tend to get seasick but have never been on a cruise so I'm not sure how it will be on a ship. We won't be sailing during hurricane season.

So how important is a verandah?
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:44 AM   #2
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We wouldn't have done it without our verandah, we spent actually more time in our room than expected and were so glad we could enjoy the ocean..it won't make or break your vacation but does add that little extra "special touch" if its not something you think you MUST HAVE don't book it and just ask at port if they have any upgrades available and see if its a last minute splurge you want to move into!
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:46 AM   #3
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I wouldn't bother much with it. For sea sickness, 2nd deck midship is best. THe kids beds are closest to the verandah, which doesn't really work for me. Some wouldn't cruise without it. We have done both (never with kids). We prefer the verandah, but we thoroughly enjoyed cruising without it too. It just pans out to weather you want to pay for it or not, I guess. We are getting two inside adjoining rooms for cheaper than the family room with verandah (there are 5 of us). Definitely not worth it for us this time!
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:49 AM   #4
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We hardly ever use the verandah. We book it thinking we will spend a lot of time on it and always leave feeling like we didn't enjoy it enough.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:51 AM   #5
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We've cruised twice (not on disney), both without a verandah and it was fine. However, we're now 5 people so our next cruise will be with one. I've priced both (2 cabins or a larger one with the verandah) and it's cheaper just getting the room with one. It'll be nice having it too I think....something different. Good luck!
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:52 AM   #6
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Agree with Summer. For those who tend to get seasick, we've found deck 2 midship to be best. We got our porthole, so didn't feel claustrophobic, but we didn't feel nearly as much rocking there as we did when we were forward and/or on a higher deck on prior cruises.

P.S. We popped a non-drowsy bonine every morning of our cruise, and we were fine (Hubby is prone to seasickness)...and we were on the crazy Sandy-Fantasy sailing last week!
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:01 AM   #7
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Where can you buy bonine? We are worried about our oldest daughter (8). DH and I are fine on ships.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:01 AM   #8
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If you have concerns or get sea sick mid ship is ideal. I particular don't think a verandah is necessary as long as you can get a large enough stateroom for your family. I usually do not spend a lot of time in my stateroom so IMPO a verandah would go do waste. However, I do prefer having a window for the natural light and to check out the daily weather.
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Where can you buy bonine? We are worried about our oldest daughter (8). DH and I are fine on ships.
I found it at Walgreens. I believe most pharmacies will carry it .. Just ask if you can't find it!
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:10 AM   #10
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Loved my verandah on both cruises. I'm not a person who likes to be out and about all day. I like spending some time by myself out on the verandah. It was especially handy when my son was sleeping and I wanted to get some fresh air.

For sea sickness I recommend sea bands. I was not a believer prior to our last cruise. My son got very sea sick and I have him both over the counter (Meclizine) and prescription (Zofran) for it and neither did much good. The sea bands are the only thing that helped. He even would remember to ask me for them when he started to feel a little sick and told me they really helped. He said he had no problems after he had them on. I got some too and they really made a difference. I was very surprised how well they worked.

The other thing that helped my son was stepping out on the verandah to get some fresh air and focus on the horizon.

For a multi sea day cruise I'd definitely get a verandah again. For a very port intensive cruise with maybe one or 2 sea days I'd get an ocean view if cost was an issue.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:21 AM   #11
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Got a free upgrade to a Verandah. 9 cruises, first with a Verandah. Used it, loved it, but even our kids agreed, it wasn't worth what it would have cost if we had to pay for it. We always get an Ocean view. We're out on the deck so much, didn't need it.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:31 AM   #12
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That is a question only you can answer. Some people really love verandahs and won't cruise without them. Others barely use them or don't book them because they aren't worth it to them (or they just prefer the other rooms).

I am a verandah person. It is a huge part of the cruise experience to me. I love sitting in my own little personal space with a glass of wine and just watching the ocean. I can sit on my verandah for hours and be totally happy. Whenever we are back at the room, I always go immediately to the verandah door, open it and step outside for a bit. When I'm waiting for people to get ready, I'm out on the verandah. When dh is napping, I'm on the verandah. So for me, the answer to the question is yes, it is very important.
But only you can answer that question for you, I'm afraid.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:38 AM   #13
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That is a question only you can answer. Some people really love verandahs and won't cruise without them. Others barely use them or don't book them because they aren't worth it to them (or they just prefer the other rooms).

I am a verandah person. It is a huge part of the cruise experience to me. I love sitting in my own little personal space with a glass of wine and just watching the ocean.
Ditto for me, but just change "glass of wine" to "cocktail"!

I think a verandah is essential for Alaska. What you can see from your own private viewing area without jockeying for position with everyone else to see the glacier is worth it on its own. But I agree, only you can answer that question. Do what is best for you!
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:39 AM   #14
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We get a verandah Everytime and I use it maybe for all of 3 minutes when checking out my room for the first time.... However my mom and dad like sitting out on it. I'm never in the room unless I'm sleeping so that could be why too. I guess it depends on how much time u spend in your room.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:48 AM   #15
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I'm with the folks that like the private time the verandah allows them. One of my favorite things to do is sit there with a good book and a nice view of the ocean.
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