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    Posted: Feb 06 2014 at 7:05pm
Hello everyone! 
My husband's family  decided that this years family outing will be a Carnival cruise scheduled for July. Carnival Triumph to be exact. My family has never gone on a cruise. I have been researching for the last 2 days, and can not decide if we should pay the difference and book a balcony room( i read are nice) or a balcony suite. From what i have researched, the only difference is the VIP treatment, meaning you do not have to wait long lines to get on/off.

My family will include 16 yr old girl, 5 year old boy, and hubby and me. For those of you with experience, should I save the extra money from the suite and use it for excusions/shopping/or for our family vacation in September?

Extra: We didn't go the last time they chose a cruise because they didn't want kids to go...and we don't leave our babies for long periods of time. lol

Also, I welcome any advice or suggestions. 
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if the balcony suite is what I'm picturing (I've seen a wide variety of rooms) its considerably different than the regular balcony room… the actual room is way more spacious..its a suite.. whereas the regular balcony room is like the same size as most of the other rooms (the rooms with just a window or inside room) only it has the balcony. 

that was probably confusing… 

how much of a difference is it..? 
with 4 ppl in there.. the extra space will really be nice… if its the room I'm picturing. 
most of the rooms on cruises are really small 
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Thanks for responding... its about a $1000.00 difference. at first i was thinking, its just for sleeping we will be so busy doing other stuff and only crash in the rooms...but its a  a 5 day cruise, and I might become tired of extended family and want some alone time

I definitely my kids will be near me at all times. as of now, i cant see me leaving them alone for the kids activities... 


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the 16 year old is probably gonna be out doing their thing (if you allow) they have teen clubs and stuff. 

and there is camp carnival for the 5 year old (as youve probably read/know) they have set things for like all times of the day for them.. i know you might not want to leave him/her much but its like day care.. they're really watched. 

i wish you could see the room.. cus if its what I'm picturing.. its considerably different..
and 4 ppl in a room is cramped.. but 1000 is kind of a lot.. if you buy shore excursions those can get pricey.. like $100 each.. and If you plan on drinking those add up.. if money is something youre trying to watch.. don't get the upgraded room.  

you might be in there more than you think. it depends though.. some cruises are boring and some are not so much.

depends on how many days you have at sea… and what kinda entertainment is on there 



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do they have adjoining rooms? t
i don't remember seeing that on my cruise but it seems like that would be cheaper than a suite. 

i have only gone on one cruise, we had a balcony for the two of us. i could imagine there being room enough for a small child with us in the bed and there was a couch that let out into a bed as well. but believe me when i tell you if you have that setup there's no way you'll want to do anything in that room but sleep. you'll be sardines. which isn't a bad thing, there's a lot to do on a cruise that keeps you out of the room all day.
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Save the money. You guys will probably never be in the room. Mom also let dad take the kids for 1 day and go get yourself a nice massage with a cocktail.
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My husbands and his family are pretty close and an entire tribe is going with us. lol, I hope i feel comfortable enough to let the kids go, but I probably will not. My daughter and I(the 16 year old) love to shop, spas and things like that, so she will probably be my 'road dog.' Im not much of a drinker(red wine on occassion, but I do want to have fun). The family 'gets their drank on'. I hope the few that still have kids, bring theirs, so that i may feel more comfortable leaving little Max. 

My husband is still not on the fence completely about going. he is not a fan of water, boats, children on boats, and also overprotective. We going though, so he might as well forget about kunta kinte & rose and jack for a week and have fun.  His family is really fun, so he will get on board. We keep missing stuff, we missed the New Orleans trip (the yr of the hurricane), and a trip to the bahamas last yr.

Usually i am the one trying to get the biggest and best hotel room(i checks bed bug registry and reviews), but i have no clue on about cruises.
So thanks everyone, it really helps. 



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I'm a little bit confused , but if I understand it..you're getting a balcony room regardless. But you're deciding between balcony or balcony suite, where the only difference is being the first for embarkation and disembarkation? If that's the only difference DEFINITELY don't spend $1000 extra on that alone.

If the room size is considerably different, then maybe... but $1000 is a lot

I was on the triumph in a regular oceanview room with 4 other girls .. MANNNN it was small as hell with the trundle bed out. We had 2 twin beds pushed together, bunk beds (you cannot sit up on the bunk beds), and a trundle. It was a tight squeeze.. but you may not be in there much like they say.. so idk if its worth a $1000 upgrade even if there is a difference in size.
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oh its really good that there will be a lot of you.. that'll help you guys not be bored and probably rarely be in the room… 

im a best hotel kinda girl too though its a hard decision.. there really is a difference.. not only in size but niceness, the suites have a more 'lux' feeling.. the 'cabins' are super basic.. and the suites get chocolate covered strawberries lol.. but i guess even if youre cramped.. it'll be better to spend the money on other things.. 

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im glad LB came in chimed in and has been on that actual ship (i don't recall ship names) and
its been a long time since i had to be in a room with a few ppl.


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Originally posted by Lite Brite Lite Brite wrote:

I'm a little bit confused , but if I understand it..you're getting a balcony room regardless. But you're deciding between balcony or balcony suite, where the only difference is being the first for embarkation and disembarkation? If that's the only difference DEFINITELY don't spend $1000 extra on that alone.

If the room size is considerably different, then maybe... but $1000 is a lot

I was on the triumph in a regular oceanview room with 4 other girls .. MANNNN it was small as hell with the trundle bed out. We had 2 twin beds pushed together, bunk beds (you cannot sit up on the bunk beds), and a trundle. It was a tight squeeze.. but you may not be in there much like they say.. so idk if its worth a $1000 upgrade even if there is a difference in size.

According to what I've read, that is the major difference and maybe a little more space. Im a leo, so of course I can see me walking pass the others in line and 'looking important' lol, but ive been married to a Virgo for 16 yrs and he could give a dam about what 'others' think...lol

Thats why im asking around from those how have experience.

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