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Old 08-25-2006, 08:32 AM
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I'm going on my first cruise with three other friends-one of the individuals won this trip through a local radio station contest. At first she was told the trip included two rooms, but when it was booked she found out it was only one room for four adults. I'm wondering if when we get on the ship is there a possibility of rooms still being available and would the prices be crazy expensive if we asked about a second room?
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Old 08-25-2006, 09:11 AM
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If you want a second cabin you need to go ahead and book it now and be done with it. Otherwise you need to settle on the four of you in the one cabin. Depending on the cruise and the time of year, it is rare to find a ship sailing with vacancies. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a sign at the purser's desk saying the ship is full and there are no empty cabins.
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Old 08-25-2006, 09:17 AM
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Hi Darcy and welcome to Cruise-Chat.

Sometimes rooms are available when you get onboard a ship, and sometimes not. If one is available, the price will depend on the type of room that's available. Considering you're cruising for free, getting another room will be considerably more expensive, no matter what kind of room it is! The least one is likely to pay for a 3-night cruise in a minimum category is about $300 per person, depending on the time of year you're traveling. If your cruise is longer than that, the price will be higher.

Four in a room can be crowded, but on the other hand, you don't spend a whole lot of time in your room other than sleeping and changing clothes.

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Old 08-25-2006, 09:48 AM
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Darcy, when is this cruise and how many nights is it? Which ship?

As Sandy said, 4 in a cabin is crowded and if you are on the Sovereign, Majesty, or Monarch Of The Seas the standard cabins are only 119 square feet. Not big! But it is also quite true that you probably won't be in the cabin much.
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Old 08-25-2006, 10:37 AM
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We are traveling 9/2 on Empress to Bermuda for 7 nights. It's an outside room with an obstructed view w/pullmans. I've heard we won't be in the room much-but it's three girls and one guy and that's luggage for three women!

I appreciate the feedback-I've never cruised before and two of us were hoping there might be rooms available that day.
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Old 08-25-2006, 11:14 AM
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Old 08-25-2006, 12:10 PM
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I don't know if there will be any room left once all of us girls unload the 10+ suitcases between us! This guy that is going with us doesn't know what he's in for!
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The obstructed view cabins on the Empress are 139 square feet. That includes the bathroom too. Lay out a 10 foot by 14 foot box to get a better visual. There are cabins in most categories still available for that cruise, but as Sandy said it is at least $300 per person at present.

Most people who cruise take much more luggage than they end up using. I'd take a hard look at what you all are taking with you and cut back on it. 10+ suitcases for 3 of you is a bit much!

It is quite impossible for four people to get ready for dinner in that sized cabin at the same time. You will have to set up a schedule for the shower!
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Dave,
You took the words out of my mouth. Four adults in a 139 sqft room is tight. Three women trying to curl their hair in front of the vanity mirror while the guys in the bathroom. To be fair why don't you get the second room and all four split the cost? It's worth it to have a better quality experience.
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We just got back from a cruise (RCCL, Deck 7) and we had two balcony rooms. One room for the two adults and one for four college age kids (three girls, one boy). I don't know if the room size is comparable but they didn't complain once! They spent a lot of time outside the cabin (including the balcony). RCCL has soooo many activities and off-shore fun. By the time they hit the beds, they were exhausted. The bathroom time just required coordination and patience and the right attitude.....which is to remember how much fun they were having and it was worth it!
 
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