Choice between Balcony room on Lido deck (10th floor) or suite on 7th floor help (Carnival Vista)

Sorry if I'm asking in the wrong forum. First time cruising with my wife, 6 year old daughter, and my mom. We are all staying in the same room and currently have a balcony room on the Lido deck. None of them have ever went on a cruise, except me. I went on one as a teenager, but am much older now. I remember how small the rooms are and have looked at pictures of current rooms. I could upgrade our room to a suite for about $925. This is for a 7 night cruise. Trying to get some advice from frequent cruisers on if it's worth it or not to upgrade to the suite or if we should just stay with the balcony room. I've heard Lido deck is the most popular deck. Thank you for any advice.

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12 Answers

It all depends on what your intended level of activity will be.

For myself, I am only in my cabin to change, Shower, shave, use the bathroom, and Sleep. about 7hrs total among all of those listed activities. The rest of the time is spent throughout the ship.

If you intend on staying in the room more, than the upgrade may be in order.

Have you looked at the deck plans? I mean seriously looked at them? The additional space may or may not be worth the additional $$.. Kinda depends on just how long you're going to actually be in the cabin...and how well three generations get along for 7 days in a box. OPUS has it exactly right. Because, frankly, I don't look at it like a money issue. Most cruisers face this eventually, and of course, the cruise lines just want the upsell.. Being on the "most popular deck" doesn't mean anything to me...oftentimes its a negative.. We decided to book a Havana suite on the in the future, after a few others...and I can tell you it took ALOT time to decide on the cabin location. Fortunately its just the two of us...and of course, several thousand of your newest, closest friends..

Imagine walking to and from your proposed cabin location to say 5-6 different places on the ship...every day..mebbe that'll help...the ships are just chock full of wanderers....

We just got back from a cruise on the Vista.. it was me, my hubby and our 4 year old. It was tight for us, but we tried to not be in the room too much. It worked out well this time around. We were on the 8th floor..not right where the action is, but close enough. I would be leery of booking on the same floor as the Lido.. just like Yankee said, a lot of wanderers.

And the winner is?

I personally would go with the suite. Two sinks will help get four people ready in a timely fashion for whatever activities you do. I'm not very good a sharing space with anyone except my husband, so bear that in mind. The suites tend to be placed midship, so it would be equal distance to activities on the upper (weather) decks and to the inter theater type and debarkation (for shore tours) decks.

We still have the balcony room booked which is what we had booked originally. Not going to change it as of yet. I just think what we can spend the extra money on (souvenirs, excursions, etc) instead of the suite. They also do have a family harbour suite which is pretty tempting, but I still think we are going to stick with the balcony and just know for next time whether we want to get a suite or not. Thanks for all the replies.

I do love Lido Balconies-but 4 people in a room is going to be tight. The positive- if anybody is feeling claustrophobic they can take a few step to get some space-plus your got the extra space on the Balcony. I think one of the most underrated choices is an interior LIDO if you don't spend a lot of time in your room.

This may not help but here are some facts about cabins and suites on the Carnival Vista in general.

A standard balcony regardless of what deck it is on will be 180 square feet with a balcony space giving about another 45 square feet of outdoor space. That translates to a room that is about 12 feet wide by just about 15 feet long, but you need to subtract area for the bathroom, 3 closets, and fixed to the wall furniture. The bathroom is about 4'X5', it contains a shower that is about 30"X 24", a toilet, and a sink with vanity. The closets and the desk area take up another 20"x 8'. So this leaves room for 2 xl twin beds (that coverts to a king bed), a sofa day bed, and a pullman bunk bed that folds out from the wall or drops down from the ceiling. The pullman will be situated over the sofa, being about 5 feet off the floor.

An Ocean Suite will be 265 square feet with a balcony space giving about another 60 square feet of outdoor space. That translates to a room that is about 14 feet wide by just under 19 feet long, but you need to subtract area for the bathroom, a walk-in closet, and fixed to the wall furniture. The bathroom is about 5"X8', it contains a a whirlpool jetted tub w/ shower, a toilet, and a vanity with a double sink. The walk-in closets and the dressing area take up another 4"x 8'. So the main room has 2 xl twin beds (that coverts to a king bed) with an upgraded mattress, a sofa fold out double bed, and more room around the fixed to the wall furniture. Suites also comes with priority check-in, express boarding, and priority debarkation choices.

They already decided, but that's an excellent piece about the actual usable space within a cabin. Same thing applies (with some differences from ship to ship) just about all over. We had a thread in here waaay back when about just how much "room" there is in a given cabin, after you deduct a whole bunch of things. Not much left for humans eh? Good reading for just about everybody, especially newbies. Can't compare em to even small rooms at home. Thanks again!

It depends on your logistics:

1.) More space means more people can get ready for the day at the same time but.....

2.) If you're not planning on spending a lot of time in your cabin, it may be a waste of money.

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