When I go into the Carnival website and click on "My Cruise" I see that we have been upgraded from a 4A to a 5A cabin on the Legend for the 3/25/06 sailing. However, this is a cabin with a "totally obstructed" view (lifeboat). Has anyone been in this or a similar cabin? If so, how was it? Also, has anyone ever been upgraded again after having a cabin number assigned?
Well, the good news is you went from an inside cabin to an outside, so at least you will have some natural light in the room. The amount of obstruction depends on the particular cabin. Some are worse than others. I've never had one of these cabins though, so can't comment further.
We sailed on the Carnival Legend a couple of years ago. (We stayed in a stateroom on the aft end of the ship.) I took only one photo of the outside of these very unique Cat 5A staterooms as I was on my walking/photo tour of the promenade deck. (I tried to paste it here, but I cannot for whatever reason. Bummer.) These staterooms are a deck above the promenade deck, so no one will be looking in to your stateroom, but I wouldn't come to the window naked if I were you!
These staterooms have "French Doors", which are a pair of glass doors; at least one of them slides open and there is a railing there. So it's like having a much larger window than a regular outside stateroom and you can open the window to let in the sea air. Unfortunately, your view is of a lifeboat, and when you look down, you see (and hear) onto the promenade deck.
All in all, I would be happy if I had paid for an inside stateroom and was upgraded to this class of stateroom.
Thanks to all of you who have replied. One more question for Lana: Are you saying it IS possible to see SOMETHING if you look down? "Something" is always better than "nothing," which is what we had in 4A, after all. If we can look down and see anything other than a lifeboat we'll be thrilled!
I'm not sure how to answer your question....there is no denying the presense of huge lifeboats totally blocking your view of the ocean. I've never stayed in one of these staterooms....
I'm guessing that you will enjoy being able to have the window/door open at times; you will probably be able to tell what the weather's like by looking out. Heck, if it's raining out, you'll know it because you can see onto the promenade deck below you, and it would be all wet... You'll be able to see that you are late for your muster/lifeboat drill because everyone will be crowded down there with their lifejackets on on the first day....It's possbile that you'd be able to see down to the water....It's also possible that you might not be blocked completely by a lifeboat, but your view might be blocked by some other machinery.
The bottom line is this----you are booked on a cruise!---you're going! I envy you because my next cruise is too long a way off. Enjoy your trip~~
Hello Sissymc, In response to your question about your view from your newly upgraded cabin I think you are worried about the place where you will probably spend the least amount of your time.
Just the natural light and darkness alone is well worth the cabin you have. Enjoy your cruise!!! 9/17/06 Destiny for me, 3rd time sailing this ship.
Did you book directly with Carnival or through an agent. Also, are you in a guaranteed cabin or do you have an assigned cabin. If you booked through an agent and have an assigned cabin, then get it from them and they can tell the number and you can find it on the ship plans. The only way you can get to your booking through Carnival is if you booked directly with them. You can also fill out your Carnival fun pass with your booking number and that lets you know that you are definetly on the ship.