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Cruise Deal of the Week – January 18, 2019
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Cruise Deal of the Week – January 18, 2019

Porthole Cruise Magazine - January 18, 2019
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Travel Tips: How to Get Adjoining Rooms without Paying Extra

Cruise ships are wonderful vacations for the whole family. However, just like a hotel, it’s often impossible to fit everyone in a single room. Many hotels offer adjoining rooms which make it easy to go from one to the other without ever going out in the hallway. Cruise ships offer similar rooms, but there can often be an upcharge for rooms with adjacent doors. Did you know there’s a secret way to get adjoining rooms for your friends and family without paying any extra? It’s all about the balcony.

How Can I Get Adjoining Rooms on a Cruise Ship?

Adjoining Rooms

Call Guests Services once on board to have them remove the divider

Those paying a little more for a balcony room are in for a fantastic view no matter where they’re cruising. If you’re traveling in a group and your rooms are next to each other, did you know that it’s actually possible to remove the divider in between the balconies to create a much larger space? The partitions are there to give people privacy, but they are easily removed with a call to the cabin steward or guest services who have all the necessary tools to get the job done quickly and easily.

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There’s no charge for removing the balcony partition, but always make sure you ask about it AFTER you get on the ship. If you call ahead of time, chances are the cruise line will try to sell you on the rooms which adjoin on the interior. If you’re already spending a fair amount for the ocean view, the thought of paying more when you don’t have to is downright crazy.

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For veteran cruisers, the balcony divider secret is old news, so the sooner you can make the call or stop by guest services, the sooner you’ll be connected to the room next door. They generally work on a first come, first serve basis, so don’t be worried if they can’t come right away to make the change for you!

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  1. Many some cruise lines (NCL) they will no longer open partitions because of safety issues. On other cruise lines (Celebrity) the brackets are missing to hold partitions open, so they cannot open them. Used to always sail with adjoining balconies, but now I’ve only been able to open on Princess and Holland. Also, some balconies do not have movable partitions (only solid walls), so this advise should come with a caveat to verify the balconies capabilities and / or rules of the cruise line.

  2. I have traveled many time on ships and I make sure not (I repeat not) to get rooms next to friends
    and family members as the walls are not noise proof and don’t want to hear the next morning that they heard everything that we said or did. Get My Drift? So its better to have someone next to you that you don’t know
    or ever see again after cruise is over. Voices do travel through walls so be careful if you know the people in next room.

  3. The mass market cruise lines DO NOT charge extra for an adjoining or connecting stateroom. If you meet the occupancy requirement you can can book adjoining or connecting staterooms. Many connecting rooms are triples or quads that connnect with a double.

  4. Always helps to tip your room steward $10 bucks or so for opening the adjoining balcony doors a little quicker. I prefer not to stay next to family but stay in the same 10 cabin block. Just my preference.