Research about a ship that you've not been on

Thought I'd post a question on a new thread after looking at so many old ones being brought up. 

No judgment from me of course, I'm the one that's brought up several 5 and 6 year old threads just to be a smart a--.


Here's the question:

When you book a cruise on a ship that you've never sailed on, how much research do you do?


Are you like me, watch several YouTube videos, look over deck plans, find as many interior pictures possible, browse through lots of reviews - positive and negative?


Are you in the mindset of keeping it all a surprise until you get on the ship?


Maybe you're somewhere in the middle.

11 Answers

We do a lot of research. My wife likes to read reviews and I like to check out the deck plans and the ship layout to see how to get around and the flow of things. Between the two of us we have a pretty good idea of the ship before sailing which really helps when you first get on board.

I do exactly as you do.

We research a lot, particularly before choosing our cabin. Plus, for us, it just adds to the excitement.

I think I’m in the middle. I like to check out deck plans, look at some photos or U-Tube videos, and will read a few reviews, before booking, but the itinerary and cost are more important than the ship. We know we will have a great time on any ship as long as we don't sweat the small stuff, and go with a good atritude.

I will do a lot of research, the layout, decks, routes from the cabin to various places on the ship. I'll starting reading the reviews. When I was cruising solo it was where the bars are that other singles might hanging out. Now it's the Atrium or serenity area.

I do a lot of research. I think it is part of the fun of cruising. My husband and I have great conversations on what I find out about the ship. It’s a great conversation.

I will look at reviews here, look at YouTube and look on a vacation web site that I use.

I think the YouTube videos, pictures, and reviews adds to the excitement before and during the cruise. Sometimes they give me information I probably wouldn't have known unless I had done the extra research.

A good example of that are the "hidden decks" of ships. That information made my cruise on the Island Princess a bit funner.

Another good example of the benefits of research was finding out about the free filet mignon brunch in the MDR of Carnival ships on sea days.

Sometimes I do a lot of research and other times I like to be surprised. I do check the deck plan to be certain the cabin is in a "good" location. Sometimes the ship is just a means to get to the ports and I don't really care (not usually but has happened). Other times I want to know everything possible, so reviews, you-tube, and whatever else I can find. I am consistently inconsistent.Wink

I research it to death.

Having booked my next cruise so far out, I think that by the time I actually get on it, I will know more about that ship than anyone - including the architect!


* is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Back to Top