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Some advice to newbies.. Most new or first time cruisers book the least expensive cabin possible down below on Rivera deck like I did my first cruise.  After that Ive always booked an upper balcony.  If a newbie books those lower rooms they will hear banging and clanking from the sea or the rotors or the anchor to the line handlers and possibly sewage smells.  By haveing that very possible experience they get turned off cruising.  My advice is if you can.  Splurge more and get a better upper cabin.  I prefer a balcony but you can still book an upper interior for less.  Maybe a little more than down below making it go.   

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Right your Todd. 

Also, try to stay away from letting the cruise line from picking your cabin because you may not be very happy with your cabin. Another one is to look at the ships deck, what is above your cabin and what is below. i.e. bars, casinos, the MDR, or any thing that might look like it's going to be a busy place.

Good advice.  If you let the line book your cabin they will put you in the least desirables so they know those cabins are booked that experienced cruiser wouldnt book.

I have to have natural light, so we never book lower room type than ocean view.  We don't spend a lot of time in our room, so unless we can get a deal on a balcony, we don't splurge on that.  Everybody has their own preferences, and new cruisers just have to get a few cruises under their belts to figure out where they are happy.

Todd and Ctav give great advice, most especially the room location tips and choosing your own cabin.  I am not willing to risk being under the galley to save a few bucks :)  If you don't know if you are prone to seasickness, a mid-ship cabin on a lower deck is a good choice.  You can pull up deck plans for your ship (Google is your friend).  It's a good idea to have these open when you are booking your cruise or if you get an upgrade call.  That way you can see what is above and below and stay away from the noisy areas and "unknown" gray areas (these are often storage spaces or work areas and may be noisy or busy at odd hours).

Now now,  the cheap cabins have more thrills,  Book the lower levels at the very front of the ship...... then you don't need a wake up call as you hear and feel ever inch of the anchor chain clank as it drops at 5 AM.   Your never a true cruiser until the ship hits high seas when your sleeping and you wake up being rolled out of bed (has happened to me twice once on The Song Of America and once on the Glory)

 

Cheap cabins are all part of the experience of being on a ship Big Smile.   Everyone should do it once.  Heck I have even done a 1A cabin before on Carnival when cruising in a cabin by myself.

All good advice.  We also prefer to be away from the elevators, because we can hear the dings when the elevator opens it's doors.

Also stay away from the doorways to the crew hallways and the cabin steward supply room,  those doors will open and slam 24/7.

Lol

..good fun advice.  But.. Been there done that.  I sense sarcasm within your post tooHappy

Our first cruise was a port hole on lower deck. So naive back then...I thought every cabin heard that anchor chain, lol. Since then, I've convinced DH that a balcony is required because I need the fresh air due to my sinus issues and the air is much better the higher we go Wink

Thanks! Good advice. I wish you'd been around on my first cruise. I probably booked one of the worst cabins on board (Celebrity Century) and LOVED it. Loved it so much I booked the SAME cabin on the same boat the next year. It took awhile to realize there were even better options. 

I must be deaf or extremely lucky in my cabin choices ... I have never heard any noise (ship, elevators, doors, people) on any of the Princess ships I've been on ... And I do actually wear hearing aids which will personify sound if it's loud ...I will always take a complimentary upgrade but cannot cost justify spending too much on the cabin ... 

Luxury is wasted on me at this point in my life .. I like clean and comfortable but the decor doesn't matter.

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