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    Question Oceanview categories

    Can somebody explain the difference between oceanview cabin categories? What is the purpose of calling some forward cabins and all aft cabins on the same deck 6A, midship cabins one one deck and aft cabins on another 6B, etc.? They are all oceanview cabins with the same size, deck plan, and amenities.

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    It's a lot to do with the position on board the ships. Aft cabins can be noisy and suffer from vibration, whilst the forward cabins can move a lot of the sea is rough.

    Also on Cunard some of the cabins have windows with a clear view, some have windows with obstructed views and others have portholes.
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    It has to do with what the cruise line considers to be "better" cabins so theye price them a little bit higher. Remember our discussion of how the price can vary based on how many have been sold so far and how different cruises can have different prices even though they are only a few weeks apart? This is something like that. It is to differentiate the market and get whatever they can out of the cruisers to maximize revenue.
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    Yeah, I remember that conversation. Then someone else told me Columbus Day is October 8 this year, which means people have time to take the October 4 cruise.

    This is what makes no sense: Carnival says you pay more if your cabin is on Deck 5 (Main) than if it is on Deck 4 (Riviera), but the 6B cabins are on both decks. Also, midship costs more than the forward cabins, but 6C is both forward and midship. Shouldn't all 6B cabins be on the same deck and all 6C cabins be midship to reflect the price differences Carnival created?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smart Traveler View Post
    Yeah, I remember that conversation. Then someone else told me Columbus Day is October 8 this year, which means people have time to take the October 4 cruise.

    This is what makes no sense: Carnival says you pay more if your cabin is on Deck 5 (Main) than if it is on Deck 4 (Riviera), but the 6B cabins are on both decks. Also, midship costs more than the forward cabins, but 6C is both forward and midship. Shouldn't all 6B cabins be on the same deck and all 6C cabins be midship to reflect the price differences Carnival created?

    I'm thinking that Carnival will do darned well as they please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hanna View Post
    I'm thinking that Carnival will do darned well as they please.
    My mom was shocked when I told her the price for an oceanview cabin is only $235 before taxes and fees. If everything else is the same, we will go with Carnival because of the lower price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smart Traveler View Post
    Yeah, I remember that conversation. Then someone else told me Columbus Day is October 8 this year, which means people have time to take the October 4 cruise.

    This is what makes no sense: Carnival says you pay more if your cabin is on Deck 5 (Main) than if it is on Deck 4 (Riviera), but the 6B cabins are on both decks. Also, midship costs more than the forward cabins, but 6C is both forward and midship. Shouldn't all 6B cabins be on the same deck and all 6C cabins be midship to reflect the price differences Carnival created?
    First, which ship are you looking at? Was it the Sensation?

    Sometimes the colors of the categories look very similar depending on what site you're looking at the deck plans on. It's not just Carnival that says you pay more when you go up a deck level, most of the cruise lines do that unless it's prime real estate (ie. mini suites or suites sometimes aren't on the highest deck).

    If it was the Sensation, here's a link to a site with Deck Plans (For some reason the Sensation deck plans aren't loading on the Carnival website for me).

    Deck plan M/S Carnival Sensation unbegrenzt gültig

    Take notice to the 4D and 5A both having a pink hue to the color, the 5A has white vertical lines and they're hard to see, but the 4D is an inside cabin and the 5A an oceanview.

    On the site I linked, the 6A is a yellow color and on Riviera; 6B is a lavendar color and on Main; 6C is a pink color and on Upper, forward & aft since the Junior Suites with Balcony (category 12 yellow with a tint of green ) cabins are in the middle of that deck; and 6D is a light greenish color are on Empress. The forward section of all those decks are category 5A's and they all have a diamond on them, which without a key showing what that represents, I think it may be that they are porthole cabins vs. windows. Those 5A cabins also look a little narrower than the category 6's, it could be an optical illusion or it could be accurate and their square footage is a little less since they have a porthole.
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    It is based on what the cruiseline feels the value of that cabin is. So a cabin on deck A could be the same rate as a cabin on deck B, but another cabin on deck A could be a different rate as one on the same deck. There are different types of oceanview cabins -- some are obstructed view (like the one we had on our last cruise -- and even then, some are fully obstructed and some aren't) and some have a clear view without ropes or lifeboats in the way. Also some are in different locations on the ship as noted above. And some may be over a less desirable spot (I'm guessing our cabin was available because it was over the atrium, even though we really liked it despite hearing the music at night from a lounge -- maybe others thought it would be too noisy).

    There are also some differences between cabins in some of the other categories too. Not every suite is the same.

    The important thing is to not worry about this. You can pick out cabins or areas you want to be in and see what the fares are. Or you can decide what fares acceptable to you and then see what's available in that price range. See what's over and under a cabin that's on your list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smart Traveler View Post
    Yeah, I remember that conversation. Then someone else told me Columbus Day is October 8 this year, which means people have time to take the October 4 cruise.

    This is what makes no sense: Carnival says you pay more if your cabin is on Deck 5 (Main) than if it is on Deck 4 (Riviera), but the 6B cabins are on both decks. Also, midship costs more than the forward cabins, but 6C is both forward and midship. Shouldn't all 6B cabins be on the same deck and all 6C cabins be midship to reflect the price differences Carnival created?
    But to most people and most businesses Columbus day is no longer a holiday. I don't think that would make that much of a difference. But you would be surprised how many inconsequential factors play in to the price differences. Sometimes there is a REGIONAL or local holiday that affects rates. Then in certain areas, religious holidays affect rates. Statistics are a wonderful thing and you cannot make assumptions based on limited knowledge (companies that do that are referred to as "out of business")
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smart Traveler View Post
    Can somebody explain the difference between oceanview cabin categories? What is the purpose of calling some forward cabins and all aft cabins on the same deck 6A, midship cabins one one deck and aft cabins on another 6B, etc.? They are all oceanview cabins with the same size, deck plan, and amenities.

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