noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Guarantee Staterooms - Worth the risk?

Wondering how many people opt for the Guarantee Stateroom when booking a cruise. Do you want to know exactly where you will be located on the ship or are you willing to be assigned to a cabin (only choosing the minimum level as your preference)?  For those will personal experience, how has it worked out for you (or not)?

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akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I think on the Carnival Fantasy class, I'd do an oceanview guarantee because there really aren't too many bad locations.

I'm not sure I'd ever do a guarantee on anything else.  DH likes his peace and quiet in the evenings.

askeegan
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Guarantee means that they will do their best to locate you right under the Kitchen, or night club.  LOL I always choose my own room for that piece of mind alone

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I will not do a guarantee unless the price mirrors the worst cabin in the class.

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

On cruise number one, Out TA picked a great room, since then, inside cabins and we pick.

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Guarantee offers an attractive price option but I would rather pay the extra and get the room that we want. I am spoiled and enjoy a midship balcony and do not want to be directly under the pool area or in areas where there will be disturbing noises. For this reason we prefer to book early and then we can research the ship ahead of time and have a list of preferred cabins when we book.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

I always choose my own cabin, have never been charged extra for it and always get what I chose. That's on Princess ...

Not worth the risk.  I like knowing exactly what cabin I'll be in. 

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

We have even gotten in the habit of wanting our cabin on a certain side of the ship to take advantage of the views.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

We almost always pick the guarantee. Yes there is a risk/reward factor. The best we went from an inside to a balcony, that was cool and will never happen again I'm sure. We have had three bad rooms. One of the bad rooms was an upgrade from an inside to an oceanview. 

 I completely understand not wanting to take the risk.  

WeCruiseToo
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Depends on the price difference and the itinerary.  We’ve gotten some awesome rates by electing to take a guarantee room and some of those have resulted in fantastic upgrades.  The secret is never to expect an upgrade – if you’ll be happy with the price for the “worst” room in the category you actually paid for, everything else is a wonderful surprise.  We’re a little pickier for things like Hawaii or Alaska – wouldn’t want to risk an obstructed view there.

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