Wilba - Answered a Question by Daisley (05 Feb 09 07:23)

There are no 'standard' cabins with 3 'normal' beds, so one of you will be sleeping in a pullman if you can't go to a suite whichever ship you choose. Most would put the child in the pullman as additional guard rails can be requested.

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Wilba - replied to Wilba (05 Feb 09 11:10)

You have not mentioned a cruise line or ship, but some use a sofa bed or 'rollout' bed, both at floor level, whereas the majority drop from the ceiling. Name your ship & you will get a more definitive answer to your query......Wilba.

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Daisley - replied to Wilba (05 Feb 09 19:31)

Wilba, thanks for coming back to me. We have only used Ocean V before but had thought of Royal Caribbean this time. To be honest, we are open minded as one of the preferred options would be to choose a ship that provided sofa beds. We have not seen any available yet (apart from suites of course) Tony.

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Clarke - Answered a Question by Daisley (05 Feb 09 09:31)

A couple of options you could try. We did OV2 which has a pullman berth but we didn't use it. Our son was 2.5 years old at the time and we just took one of the those inflatable ready beds that already has the sheet on it. It wasn't too big and easily fitted in our hand luggage. We put it on the floor at night and stored it on top of the pullman berth during the day to make more room. A few months later we went on a Royal Caribbean ship and the additonal bed was the sofa bed. Again, was great for a toddler as low down and very safe. Hope that helps.

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Daisley - replied to Clarke (05 Feb 09 20:10)

Hi there. Can you remember the room type you had on the Royal C that included a sofa bed? Cheers Tony.

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Clarke - replied to Daisley (06 Feb 09 08:13)

Yes, no problem - it was a balcony D1 grade. However, if you have a look at the Royal Caribbean Brochure there are deck plans in the back which tell you exactly which cabins have the sofa beds. I would also agree with Bates as well and say OV2 were great with small children as it was very laid back and the children's area was much better than Royal Caribbean for under 3s. Plus you can wash your own clothes have access to ironing facilities, kettle in your cabin etc. But my son loved the formal dining every evening on Royal Caribbean as the staff made a huge fuss of him, and the shows were engaging enough to keep him amused. Good luck with whatever you decide. We had two great cruises last year and they were much more relaxing than the usual self catering holiday!

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bates - Answered a Question by Daisley (05 Feb 09 12:00)

When my family & I went on OV2 last July, the cabin for my daughter & husband & 5yr old had twin beds & 2 pull-down beds. On speaking to the cabin girl, the twin beds were put together to make one, & a large travel cot was provided for the 5yr old, so they knew she coulnd't fall out of bed. There was still PLENTY of room, as the cabins are spacious (this was on deck8), & every-one was happy. The food was great, & fresh, with lots of variety, & we never queued for a table. The dining rooms were also very clean,& no need to pay extra in the Bistro, unless you are celebrating an occasion. The children's play area for your 2yr old is ideal, & has a covered splash pool, so they don't get sun-burned. Also, parents are allowed to sit out there , so there's always a place to sun-bathe! Enjoy your cruise, whatever you decide.

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bates - Answered a Question by Daisley (05 Feb 09 12:25)

Forgot to ay on my previous reply, that another great thing on OV2, was kettle, fridge, towels for swimming or beach,are all in the cabins, so you don't need to take beach towels(you're allowed to take them off the ship to beaches), or tea & coffee etc. Also ,there's a great Launderette, which was never 2 busy, even in July, so you need much less clothing, as you can wash, dry AND iron everything.

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