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Old 02-09-2013, 06:14 PM   #16
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Category OGT
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Sleeps:
3 or 4
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Approximately 200 sq ft
Deck:
Varies
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One large porthole window or 2 small porthole windows

Taken from the Disney reservation web site
As I noted, on the classic ships, deck 2 rooms have one large porthole window. On deck 1 the oceanview rooms have 2 small porthole windows.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:36 PM   #17
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our first cruise was on deck 2 ocean view on the magic. I really liked deck 2 and wouldnt mind to be on that deck again if need be. Once you get onboard you may be pleasantly surprized so keep an open mind and have a fun cruise!
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:48 PM   #18
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We did a cabin crawl on my last cruise and I LOVED the deck 2 ocean view room (this was on the Magic). It was my second favorite room, only surpassed by the one-bedroom suite.

The hosts in that room pointed out how cool it was to have a window so close to the water. It was just a really neat view.

I was jealous of them the morning there was a huge superpod of dolphins surrounding the ship. What an amazing thing that must have been to see.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:51 PM   #19
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We love deck 2!! I think when you experience it, you'll find it lovely as well. It is quiet, not a lot of traffic, easy to disembark on port days, stairs are convenient to everything except the pool. The room is a nice size and the window is fairly large. I hope you enjoy it, give deck 2 a chance.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:32 PM   #20
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We are going to the Med this summer. This will be our 6th cruise, every cruise has been GTY. We have been on deck 6 (twice), deck 5 (5001 WE LOVED), deck 2 (twice). Front, back, middle (all inside) they all have pros and cons, but we have always been happy with what we got. There are always concerns when we get our cabin, but it seems to work out. If you give is a chance, this will also. You just need to board with a positive attitude. My attitude is a bad week on deck 2 is better than a good week in the office.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:15 PM   #21
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Can anyone tell me how they get these gty rates? I dont care what room Im in if Im getting a better rate
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:34 PM   #22
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Can anyone tell me how they get these gty rates? I dont care what room Im in if Im getting a better rate
A GTY reservation doesn't mean that you are paying less. It just means that DCL has sold a certain percentage of that category so won't assign a room. You will get at least that category and have no say in where your room is. It's the IGT, OGT and VGT rates that are discounted...yet usually more than what the price was opening day. You have to just keep checking the cruises you want to take to see if they show up. They aren't noted in a special place on DCL's site.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:36 PM   #23
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Can anyone tell me how they get these gty rates? I dont care what room Im in if Im getting a better rate
GTY rates don't save you any money. When a certain percentage of rooms within a category are booked, the category goes GTY. You still pay the same price for a, say, GTY 9B that you would if you book a specific 9B room.

The only savings comes in if, IF, DCL puts you in a room that is a higher category than you booked, you won't pay additional money for it. Most people who book GTY get the category they booked.

There is some confusion between GTY and *GT rates. The *GT rates are the last minute restricted fares that come out about 60-90 days out on those cruises that aren't selling well.

With the *GT rates you book a type of room (IGT - Interior; OGT - Oceanview; VGT - Verandah) at a discounted rate and DCL will assign you to a room of that type. Since each type of room has 2 (or more) categories within it, these rates can be a savings. However, I will point out that the *GT rates typically are higher that the rate was on the same room on opening day. There are several restrictions with the *GT bookings, including there are no refunds.

If you don't care what room you have, and can travel fairly soon after booking, these rates are probably looking into. Not all cruises will have them.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:36 AM   #24
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I"m a little confused as to why you're disappointed. The size of a 10A is pretty much the same size as porthole room. If you're on an inside room you wouldnt know what deck you're on anyhow. If the porthole bothers you, just cover it up.

You can always show up at the port and asked to be in a 10c room, I'm sure more than enough people would be happy to grab the upgrade for a fee.

Good luck on your trip
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:42 AM   #25
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I booked a GYT for April, did OL check in already and wonder, when do I find specifics as to where we will be?

I am new to DCL but I did book GYT assuming I would be accepting ANYTHING they assigned in my catergory. I didnt think I had options, hense why its is a GYT cat and not specific stateroom reserved.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:56 AM   #26
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I'm sorry you're disappointed, but as others have said...You booked GTY, so that's the risk you take. As I say to my 5-yr old: "You get what you get and you don't pitch a fit." The fact is that any room with an ocean view, no matter how small the porthole(s), and no matter where it is on the ship, is an upgrade from an inside stateroom. Disney promised to assign you 10a or better, and they honored that promise. Next time you'll know better and just pay up for what you really want.
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Deck 2 is the best on the classic ships. Haven't tried it on the other ships.

Getting a porthole as opposed to no porthole is considered an upgrade.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:09 PM   #28
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I don't understand how you feel you were fooled. You are getting a room that costs more than the room you paid for. You booked an inside and you are getting a porthole. You are getting a good deal on a porthole room. Did you specifically discuss with someone that you wanted a certain deck and they promised you could have it? I think Disney considers it an upgrade if you are given a higher category room than what you paid for, which is what you got here.

We've stayed on deck 2 twice and thought it was great. I think you will really enjoy the porthole, which is closer to the water and actually quite pretty!
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:18 PM   #29
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GTY is just that, a guarantee of a cabin.

However, I agree on deck two. We booked an inside GTY one year and was upgraded to outside deck 2. Blah!
I'd rather be inside on an upper deck than outside on a 2. Having said that, I realized it would be a possibility and didn't hold it against Disney.
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What ship OP? Deck 2 on the classic ships have one LARGE porthole and Deck 2 on the newer ships have one LARGE porthole so not sure why you think you got 2 small portholes. Only Deck 1 on the classic ships have 2 small portholes and we have stayed in those cabins and they are fine as well.

Can't agree that you were hoodwinked.

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