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.

Tags: Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Vista

12 Answers

We had a Junior Suite on Majesty OTS, which translates to a standard Balcony room on Symphony/Harmony/Alure/Oasis. With the Sofa-bed pulled out at night, there was 18" between the King bed and the Sofa-bed, 14" between the foot of the sofa-bed and the chair, and 6-8" between the sofa-bed and wall/sliding balcony door. Made getting out onto the balcony slightly treacherous when our roomie was sleeping

OPUS< that's exactly the point many cruisers seem to miss. The OP made his decision a few posts back, so none of this will help him. Some folks might have missed that. BUT, the sq footage quoted on ANY line doesnt leave much room to actually maneuver, once you start subtracting things. walking sideways sometimes helps heheheh...the cruise ships have it figured out to the sq ft what it costs to build em and show a profit over their lifespan. It was a standing joke on the old NCL SPIRIT (cruised her 2x and still a favorite) that "large people need not use the showers....bring your soap to the pool..."

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