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Old 01-25-2013, 11:45 AM   #16
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I have been in both and would say hands down the $189 is worth it for the week. You have the extra floor space, a larger credenza with additional storage and my personal favorite is the round shower/tub which is SO nice to shower in vs the traditional.!!!
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DH was willing to upgrade, but we decided not to because we are in the 2nd verandah forward and we don't want to chance not being able to use our verandah during the cruise. We also prefer forward staterooms. Next time we will stick with cat 8Ds so we have the bigger room and location. Can do without a verandah.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:58 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the input. Helped justify my thinking. We booked it this morning and are glad we did. Can't wait, only 3 weeks till we set sail and we will be Gold members after this cruise. Yeah!!!!
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:17 PM   #19
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Cat 4's opened on my upcoming cruise and to go from Cat 5b to Cat4b would only be $189. Is that worth it for the extra room?
To me, it would be worth it if we had 4 people in the cabin. The extra space (even though it isn't a lot) is nice.
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The shower is also bigger in the cat 4. I am tall, and I have a tough time standing up in the smaller shower/tub combo. In the cat 4, it is a round tub and the ceiling is higher. Also more lateral room if you don't like brushing up against the shower curtain. There is also a rain shower head. Those things plus all the other benefits make it way worth it.
How are they able to put the ceiling higher in one room and not the other?
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How are they able to put the ceiling higher in one room and not the other?
I've not been in a Cat 4 to compare to a Cat 5, but it seems to me the key is not a higher ceiling but the different tub; the ones in the Cat 5s are very high off the floor. I suspect the Cat 4 tub, which is different, rests closer to the floor, creating an illusion of a higher ceiling.
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I've not been in a Cat 4 to compare to a Cat 5, but it seems to me the key is not a higher ceiling but the different tub; the ones in the Cat 5s are very high off the floor. I suspect the Cat 4 tub, which is different, rests closer to the floor, creating an illusion of a higher ceiling.
Makes sense.
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The shower is also bigger in the cat 4. I am tall, and I have a tough time standing up in the smaller shower/tub combo. In the cat 4, it is a round tub and the ceiling is higher. Also more lateral room if you don't like brushing up against the shower curtain. There is also a rain shower head. Those things plus all the other benefits make it way worth it.
I've only ever stayed in a 4, but I was cramped in that shower. You're telling me they get smaller?!?!?!

In our case the 4A was worth well more than the $400 cost difference. We had a 4 month old, so the area in front of the murphy bed was perfect for the pack 'n play. The tub was also helpful when giving him a bath.

Most importantly we got an extra chest with a lot of space for clothes. This was on the Magic, I don't think you get that on the Dream or Fantasy, but I don't know what we would have done without it.

We booked a 4A for our fantasy cruise next year.
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We've had a 4 & a 5 and feel it's worth the extra to have the cat 4.(4D or higher since 4E is more about verandah size than interior cabin size.)

We love the shower features, extra cabinets & ds16 no longer fits on the top bunk or sofa bed. The murphy bed is more like a real twin bed and his feet don't hang over. FWIW, on the classic ships, (Alaska & Med) we get a secret verandah and put the kids across the hall in an inside cabin. They like having their own space, TV, etc. Plus the beds separate on the classic ships so there's no bickering about who's hogging the bed.

We were ok with the storage in a cat 5 for a 3 nt but for a 7 nt it's definitely worth it to us. YMMV. We got a free upgrade to a cat 4C last April on the Dream & enjoyed it so much we upgraded our November Fantasy cruise. It was $399 to go from a 5E to a 4D.

As pp mentioned, it's the same interior as a cat 8 (except maybe 8A) so for those of you who can do without the verandah, you'll save a lot but still have a larger cabin.
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