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Old 08-22-2007, 08:45 PM
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Hi, this is our first family cruise in Hawaii waters and we are travelling with a 3 year old. I'm thinking of a family suite. Can anyone advice me on this? Does anyone know what it means by 'obstructed family suite'?

Any other advice is appreciated - thanks!
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Old 08-22-2007, 10:38 PM
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Hello, If it is a ocean view cabin, you will usually have a lifeboat, railing or outside deck partially blocking your view. If it is a balcony, usually it will be a portion of a truss (I-Beam) across part of the balcony. In my case, it took up about 1/3 of the balcony. It looks like this:

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Old 08-23-2007, 12:36 AM
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from what I understand, the family suite has a top to bottom glass window with the ocean view... just not sure if the view from the family suite is worth the price.

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Old 08-23-2007, 02:18 AM
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How many people, what ship?
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Old 08-23-2007, 02:31 AM
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it's for 2 adults, 1 child (3 years) in Pride of America. Thinking of either the oceanview (balcony) or one of the most affordable suites.
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Old 08-23-2007, 03:36 AM
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In your case, the obstructions are life boats.

The red and white striped cabins are the obstructed family suites in the deck plan below.

Link To Deck Layout.

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thanks for the advice and detailed info. Is it worth paying for a suite like this? thanks!
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Old 08-23-2007, 03:26 PM
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That's a tough all, coolmum. It depends on how much time you expect to spend in the suite, and how much space you'd like. If you are going to be spending a lot of time on shore or going to shows on the ship, it might not be worth it. But if you believe you and your family will feel cramped in a smaller cabin, it will be worth every penny.

Here are the floor plans for each:

Click HERE for obstructed view family suite,
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HERE for the oceanview stateroom with balcony

I don't believe that the family suite comes with concierge service, although there's a lot more space and two TVs!

Sorry I couldn't be of more help with this one, as it comes down to personal preference.
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:25 PM
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Look at your itin on the NCLA ships. You're at port most of the time during waking hours. You'll spend your time on the islands. Then you come back to the ship for dinner, catch a show and have very little time for peering out that window bfore you're up and at another port. This is one cruise itin where the view is of little importance unless you want to look out the window, balcony, etc and see the pier. Spend as little as possible on your cabin, you'll need spending $$$$ on shore in Hawaii more for a great vacation.

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Old 08-23-2007, 06:28 PM
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thanks for the advice and detailed info. Is it worth paying for a suite like this? thanks!
The three year old will be very happy sleeping in the sofa of a regular Oceanview cabin, or Balcony cabin. Those Family Suites are a better suited for a family of four or five.

If you booked the family suite, that's one less cabin large enough to accomodiate four or five comfortably, forcing that family into booking two cabins vs one.

But it is your vacation, book whichever cabin you prefer.
 
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