Room Selection

What are some the things to take into consideration when selecting your room?

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Location location location ... some rooms are noisier than others but if you are a sound sleeper, no biggie. Inside cabin is the most economical followed by oceanview (some type of window or porthole) vs balcony vs suite.

Cost is usually a big factor in cabin choice with some choosing lowest price possible because they don't plan to be in cabin other than to sleep and those choosing balconies or suites for more space and comfort and added benefit of outdoor access from cabin.

Position in the ship. If your prone to motion sickness you want to be midships. The more forward or aft you go the more movement in the ship.

Look at what is on the deck above or below you. You don't want a stateroom directly under the lido or the theatre. My two biggest suggestions.

Thanks for the info. I tend to be a light sleeper. I'm leaving for my very first cruise in 3 days and depending on how things turn out I will beginning planning for the next. I don't plan on spending much time in the room but I will definitely take this information into consideration if I plan another cruise.

As others have said where the cabin is located is top importance.

Not good areas for us are...

- Above or below the galleys because these kitchens are working 24 hours day, even when not actively preparing meals they are restocking, cleaning, or doing prep work.

- Under the Lido pools because if we want to go to bed early the night time deck movies or parties keep us awake, and if we want to sleep in the early morning cleaning, maintenance, and arranging of deck chairs will wake us up too early.

- Never anywhere adjacent to (even near), above, nor below, the night club, casino, theaters, pubs, or lounges, again late night patrons or music maybe going till 2-3 am or rehearsals and maintenance being done in the wee morning hours.

- Also we will never get a cabin on the deck just above the crew area, again it can get noisy at unpredictable times.

Hope you have a great cruise!

Location is probably the thing to consider. I am not a lite sleeper, so I'm not really bothered, but I always have a pair of earplugs just in case.

Location is probably the thing to consider. I am not a lite sleeper, so I'm not really bothered, but I always have a pair of earplugs just in case.

I agree with everything that has been said already, plus...

The ding of the elevators can be annoying (at least to my DH). Below the shops is another noisy spot (we thought we'd be safe because of the open hours of the shops... nope restocking issues. We always try to have balconies above and below. If when looking at deck plan, the room across is blank (not listed as a cabin) skip that room. It could be the storage area (or for the room stewards for that deck) or ice machine or passenger laundry if that is not indicated on the deck plan. We have made all these mistakes.

Just like everyone else said, location is most important. We prefer a room with state rooms above us, and either state rooms or crew area below. We like the Riviera or Main deck because they are quiet. Once, we were right under the bridge and it was great too.

We sailed for years with only outside view cabins, loved all those voyages too. "The problem with booking a balcony cabin is, once you have it, you always want it and it is hard to go back to inside cabins." We knew that was going to be the case when we finally booked our first balcony, 2007. It was and we never looked back, we don't book unless we get one. We even go further than that nowadays, we want a mini-suite not a simple cabin with a balcony. Matter of fact, I really don't believe we would cruise as much as we do if it were not for balconies.

From a comfort standpoint the closer to mid-ship and closer to sea level a cabin is the smoother the voyage, particularly in stormy weather. That is why the infirmaries are generally located in those areas. We don't have a motion sickness issue and prefer high up and forward. However, there are advantages to a lower balcony in that one can enjoy the ocean more by being closer to the sea and able to appreciate dolphins and flying fish more. Also, if the ship has tiered balconies and you are up high, looking down you mostly see a meat show which detracts from the beauty of the expansive ocean.

As others have posted, stay away from, or under, areas of high activity, like under areas where tables and chairs are constantly being moved about or having a cabin next to the elevator waiting area. Also watch out for those cabins and balconies where the sewage tank vents are, this gets pretty bad sometimes after the ship has been at sea for a long time and they haven't had an opportunity to empty and cleanse the septic system (You have to find reviews of these cabins from previous occupants in order to determine this though). If the ship has tiered balconies you may not appreciate being the focus of those above and behind you. Some say stay away from the laundry areas, however we have had cabins directly across the corridor from these and haven't had a noise problem, instead, before we had earned free laundry, this was an advantage. (Check the deck plans carefully before agreeing on a cabin.)

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 a case where you only have 4 or 5 days on one of the largest passenger ships 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 and claustrophobic. And today, you might just consider this ramification: If in the extremely rare chance you contracted something and had to be quarantined to your cabin, 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 at the next port, your expense.

On our more recent cruises, where we have had nice balconies, that eventuality wouldn't bother me at all since we loved our cabins. However, I might go nuts in one of those inside cabins.

So, by all means, on a short cruise, if one doesn't expect to be in the cabin much, don't waste the extra dough on a balcony.


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