We are going to be booking a 5 night cruise in April. We have planned to get the interior cabin to save money. The choice is there pick your cabin or reserved interior. There is almost a $100 difference. I've called Royal Caribbean and was told that, though they can't tell for sure, more than likely we will be on deck 2. I see the ice skating rink is on this deck and am not sure if this is a problem. We've never cruised before so would love to hear any feedback about if we let them pick the cabin.

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Hi, welcome to cruising, we got hooked 26 years ago and still love voyaging.

We began by booking an inside cabin, fortunately a few days before we embarked they automatically upgraded us to a porthole. An honest brass port hole with the big brass jackscrew to boot. So we never have been in an inside cabin. We then cruised for the next seven years booking outside view cabins, usually big picture window ones. Then we booked our first balcony, if you are anything like we are, once you book a balcony you will never be satisfied without.

There is an old saying about cruising that I like to quote and I believe it to be very true. "There is no such thing as the best ship or the best cruise, the best ship and or cruise is the one best for you."

Below is a link to a guide regarding cabin selection, that might give you some ideas. When I browsed it I noticed one dated mistake. That is in #5 where it says Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines allow balcony smoking. That is not correct as both those lines discontinued balcony smoking over two years ago. The only one of the 12 global majors which still allows this is Holland America Lines which also allows cigar smoking as well as cigarettes.

Regarding inside cabins, there are pros and cons regarding them. One argument for, is the opinion "We are not going to be using are cabin except for sleeping as we are going to be out and about enjoying things." That argument has a lot of merit, particularly in your case where you only have 5 days on the eighth largest passenger ship in the world with all sorts of stuff to do, see, and eat.

On a longer cruise I would think twice as some of those inside cabins are really tight. Recently, another pertinent consideration occurred to me, if in the extremely rare chance I contacted something and had to be quarantined to my room, for instance legionnaires virus, the cruise lines insist you stay put in your cabin, they provide you meals etc., if you violate that they send you home. On our more recent cruises where we have had balconies that eventuality wouldn't bother me at all since we loved our cabins.

I really hope you appreciate the sea as much as I do. Enjoy your voyage.

We have had a balcony on all 8 of our cruises. Once you go balcony, you won't go back. LOL!!! I like it because I wake up much earlier than my non husband so I order room service breakfast and have that and my coffee out on the balcony. When he wakes up we go to the lido. Also, on our 1st two cruises I slept out on the balcony every night because he was snoring. At home we slept in separate rooms. If we didn't have a balcony, I would not have gotten any sleep. Now, he has a CPAP machine and all is well.
I have also started taking binoculars with me to look at what else is out there with me.
I also like to study the deck plan to see what is above and below me as far as noise goes.
I truly do spend a lot of time out there and I'd be lost without it.

I have gone inside and balcony, depending on the cruise and the budget I still do some inside cabins.

The issue posted is to pic an specific cabin or a "guarantee cabin" Keep in mind that the cabins left for Guarantee is the ones that nobody picked. so you get bad location like over or under a club, next to elevator or crew access door and under the open deck or kitchen.

I'd pay the few bucks more and have a location where I can sleep. (I get cranky when I don't get to sleep)

Thank you for the replies. Finances are a issue so that helps make up my mind. I don't want to invest and then not sleep! I can't function sleepy. Lol. The link in the first reply was helpful as well.


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