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Old 09-12-2005, 11:11 AM
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We have recently booked our fourth cruise and have a balcony room on the Explorer of the Seas. We are thinking about upgrading to a Jr. Suite which is about 25% larger but at an additional cost of $580. per room.
Has anyone stayed in both a balcony and Jr suite room and is the extra $580. worth it???
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Old 09-13-2005, 11:43 AM
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Hello. Last year we stayed in a Jr suite on the Explorer. It was only my husband and I, so we didn't need the extra room, we just thought it would be nice to have. The balcony was big enough for a chaise lounger, 2 chairs and a small table that we ate off of every morning. Remember too, if you book in a Jr Suite and above you get an extra cruise credit. So, that will help you move up through the Crown and Anchor Society even faster. Take a look at the Crown & Anchor Society perks for each level. To me the extra money is worth it, for the extra space and cruise credit. I have never stayed in a standard balcony room, so I can not compare the two. I hope this helps. Lil' Lori
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Old 09-21-2005, 06:11 PM
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We have sailed in both the Junior Suites and in Cat Ds and Es, which are the balcony staterooms.

The most major difference between the JS and the others is, as the Lori above mentioned, the double cruise credit earned in a Junior Suite; this would matter to RCI fans who are planning on many more cruises with this line.

The second most significant difference is in the bathroom: JS has a bathtub with shower; the others have a small bathroom with shower only. We are both very large people, but we survived the small bathroom quite nicely.

The balcony, closets and other storage spaces, and the room in general will be largest in a Junior Suite.

Although we love the extra space of a Junior Suite, we found our Cat D and Cat E cruises to be every bit as enjoyable overall.

One little tidbit about the smaller rooms, which I like, is that the beds are close to the sliding glass doors/balcony. I can lie in bed and look right out at the ocean. In the Junior Suites, the "living/sitting" area is closest to the door/windows.

Bon voyage!

Lana
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Old 09-22-2005, 07:09 AM
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Thanks Lana,
I did see where the sofa in the jr. suite is next to the sliding door, so that is why we have opted for the balcony room. We also like to be able to leave the door open for all of that wonderful fresh sea air.
Thanks!
Chris
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Old 10-10-2005, 10:31 PM
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A jr. suite is the way to go. Not only do you have a tub (much easier for shaving legs!) but you also have a walk-in closet. The room and the balcony are larger.

The double cruise credit is a new reward R.C. has started. When I booked my jr. suite in Feb., 2003 I was only entitled to one cruise credit at that time.

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