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    Mini suites vs suites?

    Was looking at the Princess site and wondering what is the difference between a mini-suite and a full suite. And how can you tell from the deck plan what a cabin is. When I was looking at the availability area, some categories say "mini suites and suites" but doesn't say which cabins are which.

    Does anybody here know?

    (not interested in booking a suite, but if you're in a full suite, you can get the full menu from room service and you get two cruise credits -- but that's all I can figure out)
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    Patty, go to the deck plan of Crown Princess, click the drop down arrow and select Deck 9 - Dolphin Deck. This deck has the Mini-Suites, just place the crusor over the different color categories and you'll see Category AA, AB, AC and AE. If you click once on any cabin, it will tell you it's a Mini-Suite. When you go to the back of the deck plan, you'll see D736 and D737. Again, place the cursor over the cabin and you'll see VS (Vista Suite)appear. If you click on the cabin, it will say Suite with balcony. That's how you know Mini-Suites from full suites on the deck plan.

    Mini-Suites are AA - AE.
    Full Suites are VS, PS, PH, OS

    Mini-Suites are deeper than balcony cabins and have larger balconies than regular balcony staterooms. They are about 323 sq ft. The width is about the same as the balcony cabin. We had a Mini-Suite on the Crown Princess in 2006.
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    On Princess, what are the full suite amenities?
    We were in a mini suite on our only Princess cruise and I don't recall there being any special perks other than a larger cabin.

    I know there are no butlers like they have on Celebrity.

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    Char, you're right. They are no special perks with Mini-Suite. With a FULL Suite there are. These are about the same as the perks of Elite ... plus breakfast is a special dining room if you wish.

    The only times we've had FULL Suites on Princess were from the ... and, it's been a while.

    Patty, my suggestion would be to consider mini-suites because your daughter will be with you.
    Having the larger bathroom and more seatng area both in the cabin and on the balcony would be great for you.
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    Thanks. Was able to click on cabins on the deck plan. I was trying to tell from the cruise finder (where the cabins aren't listed -- you're just viewing availability per category, and saw "mini-suite/suite").

    Actually we didn't want a balcony as we didn't want to risk smoke from any smokers coming into our cabin, especially with a teen with asthma. We've had insides on our previous Princess cruises and the three of us are on the slender side (well, if I could get to my target weight) so space really isn't a problem with us.

    But was just curious about the suite situation as it seems there is a difference between the amenities.
    Patty, Family & So. Calif. Guide
    Jubilee - Mex Riv. 1/94, Sensation - W. Car. 11/94, Holiday (the preggers cruise) - Baja Calif. 3/97, Holiday - Baja Calif. 7/99, Paradise - E. Carib. 3/01, Ecstacy - Baja 6/02, Star Princess - Mex. Riv. 2/03, Sapphire Princess - Alaska 8/04, Island Princess - Hawaii 12/05-1/06, Golden Princess - Hawaii 12/10-1/11, Golden Princess - Hawaii 12/12-1/13

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    Patty, the only amenity you get with the Mini-Suite is a welcome glass of Champagne. Your cabin steward will fetch it for you when you get there. Guests in full suites also get the same thing plus more.

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    Patty, Island and Coral have a few of what they call "Ocean View Mini-Suites". The area that would normally be the balcony is enclosed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuLu View Post
    Patty, Island and Coral have a few of what they call "Ocean View Mini-Suites". The area that would normally be the balcony is enclosed.
    Yes, those are Cat. AF cabins.

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    We have had the same Suite Twice on the Ruby Princess which was a PS and is located on deck 15 at the Front of the ship above and behind the Bridge ... L106 Port (ours) and L107 Starboard.

    We had also a Free Mini Bar set up, Bottle of bubbly, Large display of flowers (not sure about Mini suites) Wooden deck Furniture, Free Acces to the spa, Free Laundry, Breakfast at Sabatini`s, and Free Breakfast delivered to room,Slippers! Fruit bowl (not sure if it is in the Mini`s)

    Not sure if there was anything else but those are the main differences between Full Suites and Mini Suites ....

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    The champagne would be wasted on me. And we use allergen-free detergent which I'm sure the laundry service on Princess doesn't use. But slippers would be nice. And the fact that you can order room service from the main dining room menu would be a great bonus.

    I'm just wondering about the fruit. You can specify what fruit you prefer in the cruise personalizer, but I don't remember ever seeing a fruit bowl. So maybe you only get fruit if you're in a suite.

    Oh, well. Guess I'll never know what it's like to sail in a suite.
    Patty, Family & So. Calif. Guide
    Jubilee - Mex Riv. 1/94, Sensation - W. Car. 11/94, Holiday (the preggers cruise) - Baja Calif. 3/97, Holiday - Baja Calif. 7/99, Paradise - E. Carib. 3/01, Ecstacy - Baja 6/02, Star Princess - Mex. Riv. 2/03, Sapphire Princess - Alaska 8/04, Island Princess - Hawaii 12/05-1/06, Golden Princess - Hawaii 12/10-1/11, Golden Princess - Hawaii 12/12-1/13

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