Newbie here again!!

Is it normal to book your cruise and not know what room you are staying at? I did mine on line and paid for an Ocean view but it did not give me a floor or room number.

How long in advance will I know or get this info.

Going in RC.


16 Answers

Yes, it happens.

When that happens you have booked what is called a guaranteed cabin. The cruise line is saying you are guaranteed a cabin in the category you booked or better. Your cabin can be assigned right up yo the time you board the ship. It has been my experience that this usually don't happen. I usually receive our cabin from a month to two weeks out. Hope this helps

You are basically guaranteed that you will be on the ship (which, really, is all that mattersBig Smile) in a cabin that is at least what you paid for (an ocean view). With any luck, they may force you into a balcony.

wouldn't that be nice my first cruise and being upgraded..

At the risk of being more reality oriented than some, its clear you didn't know what you bought..NCLs website, for example, clearly warns people who do that they may get cabins with blocked views, or no views at all...It is clearly for folks who don't care where they wind up on the ship, and are only looking for a place to crash. We have met some really joyous, social folks who have done that, and claim they wouldn't ever spend what we do for our cabin...or so they say...I suspect that as time goes on, and assuming you get addicted to cruising like so many of us in here, you will upgrade your accommodations yourself, along with the size of the bill....ENJOY!!!

Since it is my first i don't know what to expect all i know is that i need to have a window because i can not be in a room with no window, I thought it was weird that when i booked it did not give me an option to pick a room but when i called they said it would be picked for me, i don't know if that is normal or not but i am just hoping i will enjoy this cruise,

Im sure you will...window or called who?? the cruise line? a travel agent? all I can suggest is wander around the ship, and get a feel for the perks and amenities available when you upgrade....everybody started someplace......

I called the cruise line and that is what the lady told me, i feel like as a$$ for not using a TA but you live and learn.

Had NOTHING to do with using a travel agent...(folks in here, mostly veteran cruisers, seem evenly split whether to use one or not)...had everything to do with that person neglecting to tell you how the most basic thing you can do on a cruise ship (get a room) actually works. mebbe they had a buncha these available (they usually do)...mebbe you led her to believe that's what you could afford...who knows? not blaming you in the least bit...given its your first cruise, I sincerely hope you enjoy the hayull out of it...and the next one, you can do even better.

We have done this in the past and my DH couldn't stand the suspense... For your first cruise, I say go for it! You might find it fits your style quite well. After a while you can decide where you might like to be on a ship and what type of cabin you prefer. We rarely go with an Ocean View now that we have had a balcony. For some a balcony is a waste of money and they might prefer a port hole cabin. Those of us that are "seasoned" cruisers have probably tried a variety of cabins and as stated by others "you need to start some place". Relax and enjoy. Just so you know our first cabin was inside on the lowest deck for passengers (fortunately not bunk beds); so it doesn't really matter where you start your cruising experience it just needs to get started.Big Smile


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