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Author: sjde

Joined: 7/24/2012
Posts: 1

July 24, 2012

We'll be on the River Aria. Do the lowest level rooms have a small porthole window? That's the way it looks on the pictures.  We're wondering about upgrading for more light.

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
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Traveler Since: 2002

July 24, 2012

 You should get plenty of light, What you won't get is any view unless you're standing up, but you usually will not spend much time in the cabin except to change and sleep.. In dock you may have the light blocked, either by the dock or another ship tied up alongside you, but the light would possibly be blocked on any by the upper level. We have taken 5 cruises and always buy the lowest level cabin, but on the last one were were upgraded to balcony because one was available and we have traveled 13 times. The balcony was nice, but we don't feel that it is worth the money. The non balconey cabins are also 2 feet larger, as the balcony space comes out of the cabin. I assume that you looked at the pictures of the cabins on the wesite, as well as the external picture of the ship.

Author: gaynell

Joined: 8/12/2010
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Traveler Since: 2005

July 24, 2012

How about a compromise......more view and light than a high porthole, and less than that big balcony and window?  You could upgrade, not to the deck with the balconies, but to the Sonata deck, which has large windows.

That way you don't have the smaller room (or the balcony, of course), but you do have a view when you are in the cabin. My tall husband can stand up and look out those portholes, but I'm shorter and can't see a thing, and feel a little claustrophobic. And I love to wake up in the morning and throw open the curtains and immediately have a sense of where I am! 

Author: mackwarren

Joined: 7/21/2012
Posts: 2
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Traveler Since: 2003

July 25, 2012

The windows in the lower cabins are fine. Except to shower and sleep you are seldom there. We have had cabins on three different levels and believe that they are interchangeable and that the differences are insignificant.

Author: ed watts

Joined: 3/30/2010
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Traveler Since: 2010

July 31, 2012

I don't think an upgrade is worth the money--I always book the lowest and as been mentioned, the lower cabins tend to be larger since space inside the cabin goes all the way to the bulkhead rather than having a small balcony that takes up space...on some boats, and I don't know if this is true with all GCT boats, the second level has a walk around the entire boat...It is just human nature for people to look in an open window or one where the curtains are not drawn as they stroll around the deck...!

Author: jayge

Joined: 3/10/2010
Posts: 188
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Traveler Since: 2004

August 01, 2012

If you look on "Find a trip" and see a list of GCT's privately owned ships, they have all kinds of videos and one shows the three different levels of cabins in "virtual" so it scans around and you can see everything in the room.

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