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Old 01-21-2007, 12:28 PM
BJS BJS is offline
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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Fresno, CA
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I agree with all of the above comments but would like to add that it is mainly a matter of preference. We have been on 23 cruises ranging from 7 days to 34 days and have never felt the need to spend the extra money for a mini-suite.
Decide how much time you are going to spend in your room and what you want to spend your money on.

Yes Caribe balconies are larger and partially covered but this may not give you shade or sun when you desire it because that depends on the time of day and which direction the ship is facing in relationship to the rising or setting sun. You will have no shade when the sun is low and your balcony faces west.

As far as privacy even on a totally covered balcony you will not have 100% privacy.

Future cruises:
Star Princess - Dec. 2007-Rome- TA
Crown Princess- May 2008 TA & Baltics
Pacific Princess-Nov. 2008-Holy Land & Egypt
Diamond Princess- Apr. 2009 Asia- Bangkok to Whittier
Past cruises:
Golden Princess-2007-Alaska
Sea Princess-2005 Canada/New England
Diamond Princess- 2005 Mexican Riviera
Star Princess- 2004 x2 Med. Venice to Barcelona/ Barcelona to Rome
Dawn Princess - 2004 x3- Southern Caribbean
Grand Princess- 2003 x2 W.Caribbean/ 2004 Panama
Sun Princess- 2003 Mexico
Tahitian Princess- 2003 Tahiti & Cook Islands
Royal Princess- 2003 x2- British Isles / Norwegian Fjords & Iceland
Island Princess- 2003 Panama Canal / 2007 Hawaii
Sky Princess- 2000 China & Orient
Sitmar's Fairwind - 1979 x2- Caribbean/Panama Canal
HAL-Amsterdam- 2004 Alaska
HAL Ryndam - 2001 x 2- S. America
Viking Spirit/Pride -2006 Budapest to Amsterdam