Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > General Cruise Chat Questions > General Cruise Chat
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  
Search

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 12-24-2011, 09:39 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 4
Default Who has the best suites?
Looking to choose between three ships to sail on for my 25th wedding anniversary the first week in April. They are Carnival Pride out of Baltimore (sailed on Pride last Christmas), Norwegian Gem out of NY, and Explorer of the Seas out of Bayonne. Looking to get a junior type suite. Any recommedations?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 12-24-2011, 09:44 PM
Dave's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,790
Default
A mini-suite on the Gem is probably the best of the three ships.
__________________
Dave
Editor, CruiseReviews.com
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 12-25-2011, 12:12 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 6,019
Default
If you are looking at the square footage they are as follows:
Explorer of the Seas - Junior Suite 277 balcony 69
NCL GEM - Mini Suite 231 balcony 54
CCL Pride- Junior Suite 275 balcony 40
Since this is a special anniversary (congratulations) if you can swing it you might want to look at the NCL Gem and "The Haven" cabins. You would have many added amenities with your own private pool courtyard area.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 12-25-2011, 01:21 PM
LisaP's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 5,548
Default
Also be sure to compare the extra amenities you'd receive with each. I can speak only for NCL, as this is the line I know best of the three. A mini-suite on NCL does not receive suite perks such as a concierge...it's essentially a large balcony cabin. It's certainly nice enough...we originally booked one a couple of years ago, but were then upsold to a Family Villa, which is an unbelievable experience. For a junior suite equivalent on N. Gem, I'd recommend the penthouse-level accommodations--or, if you are traveling with kids, the 2-bedroom Family Suite. You can find details here: Norwegian Gem Cruise Ship Staterooms | Suite Staterooms | Norwegian Cruise Line
__________________
Happy cruising!
LisaP
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 12-25-2011, 02:36 PM
Dave's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,790
Default
I was thinking 'The Haven' included the mini-suites but I should have checked it before making my earlier post.
__________________
Dave
Editor, CruiseReviews.com
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 12-25-2011, 06:18 PM
LisaP's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 5,548
Default
NCL has caused a lot of confusion with the mini-suite designation. They should refer to them instead as deluxe balcony cabins, and/or remove them from the suite page on their site, IMO.
__________________
Happy cruising!
LisaP
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 12-27-2011, 01:10 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 4
Default Thanks for the input
My wife and I were looking at NCL and noticed what you guys were saying in reference to perks, where they do not offer suite type perks for the Juniors. Thanks to You Tube, we were able to see all three and NCL is certainly the nicest looking. However, I'm leaning towards Royal Caribbean because they seem to have the nicest ship of the three.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 12-27-2011, 01:20 PM
Dave's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,790
Default
We've stayed in a JS on Freedom-class ships of RCI, which should be about the same as those on the Explorer. I remember a huge closet and plenty of room. However, as with Norwegian, RCI does not extend suite perks to guests in the JS cabins. You do get two cruise credits though, should you join the Crown & Anchor society.
__________________
Dave
Editor, CruiseReviews.com
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 01-09-2012, 09:22 PM
Bentnail's Avatar  
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Black Diamond, Wa
Posts: 116
Default
I feel NCL gives you the most for the cost in their suites.
__________________

Read and post cruise reviews
Reply With Quote
 
Reply

Tags
2011, balcony, gem, haven, jewel, mini, ncl, nicest, norwegian, perks, reviews, ship, stateroom, suite, youtube

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Freedom Suites kskelley40 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 4 10-01-2008 08:09 PM
suites again!!!! garyg Carnival Cruise Line 4 05-04-2007 10:32 PM
SUITES elise Holland America Line 7 09-02-2006 06:00 PM
Suites Bert B Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 3 09-28-2002 04:01 PM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
 

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:00 PM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2