All right cruise gurus, it's been a couple years since my last cruise and our first with an inside cabin. Experimenting to see if its worth the savings. (My parents are going and they have a mini suite, so we thought this would be the one to experiment on...we'll see). Looking at C237 on the Caribe deck and D312 on the Dolphin deck. The Dolphin cabin intrigues me a bit as there is nothing around that cabin (one other). Is there really "nothing" around it or is that a crew area in all that "empty" space? There were also a few available on the Plaza deck for a few bucks less, but not sure I liked anything THAT far down.
You guys/girls are ALWAYS helpful and your opinions are greatly appreciated.
KK - I can't comment on your specific cabin selection question, but I can respond to the "choosing an inside cabin" question. We almost always choose an inside cabin, mainly because of the cost factor. Spending less on the cabin lets us spend more on any/everything else. We also like the inside because we tend to wake with the sun, so we tend to sleep in a little later. We also tend to choose a cabin on a lower deck and in the aft area. I like to be somewhere close to the aft elevators - most passengers tend to forget about them so there's hardly ever a crush of people trying to use them. Whichever category you choose - remember to have a wonderful cruise . . . you're in the ocean - how bad can it be?
Keith, I think I would go with C237; I don't know what's in all the space around D312 but I know for sure it's not "nothing" (please excuse the double negative). And you're right: on Plaza Deck you're a long way from just about everything.
Doing an unassigned can turn out to be wonderful, but can also not be what you'd like. However, you did book a guaranteed catagory, right? I believe we were on the Caribe deck on the Emerald, but not an inside. I had an inside on the Caribbean and was on the Riviera, that was a great deck. However, like Susan said, you're on board and the Emerald is a fabulous ship!
Just an update on how well the "rolling of the dice" went: We booked an unassigned room at the cheapest rate, unappealing room location. We got "bumped up" to the Aloha deck in a room with a nice location. Also, the cruise rate went down $200.00 (which we got credit for). So far a VERY nice beginning to our cruise...and we haven't even left yet!!!! Can only go downhill from here....right??