Should Cruise Lines Add More Insulation to Ensure Quieter Staterooms?

I read so many reviews where passengers complain that their staterooms were too noisy for them to get a good night's sleep.  Either it was due to some kind of engine noise or vibration (I have experienced this myself,) galley noise, lounge/theater noise, etc.. or simply noisy next door neighbors.  Do cruise lines owe it to passengers to give them a less noisy environment?

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I like to book a cabin low down for less roll, however, you are more likely to experience engine noise or vibration on lower decks. I am sure that we all have experienced noisy neighbors who like to play their TV on loud or leave it on to fall asleep keeping you next door awake. Should cabins have more insulation in them? What about cabins over the galley or theater where noise goes on all night long. I rarely have these problems except for engine/vibration noise, luckily. I have learned to move up to another deck to avoid it. I feel that ships are spending so much money on new and bigger amenities and need to spend money on making cabins more quiet.

I would agree, with everything made of metal it could not hurt to add some insulation.

I have noticed that noise insulation on ships is much better in the newer ships then 20 or 30 years ago. Remember the relay old Vacuum toilets that you could hear flush from 2 cabins away ?

I can remember on one cruise on the old Viking Serenade (Launched in 1981, now the Island Escape) The couple in the cabin next to us were fighting, the woman yelling and the male crying (see I did not call him a man). I had called the desk a few times after pounding on the wall did not quiet them down. On the third day of the cruise the Cabin Steward asked if they were still fighting, I told him no, they had made up. He asked how I knew that they made up I just replied "because he is a moaner" For the 5 days they just fought, made up and put room service plates outside the cabin door with lots of beer bottles.

On the Carnival Glory I booked cheap, a 1A cabin. I had the broom closet next to the anchor. Let me assure you that every morning when the anchor doped I heard each and every rung in that chain. It was one cruise where I was up for breakfast every day. One night a noise woke me up, the next morning I discovered it was the drawers sliding open to the stops as the ship was rocking.

Ship cabins are like buying property, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Do your home work and you should have a good cruise.

I agree - location is everything.

This comes under the heading "putting in due diligence" when investigating and booking a cruise. It is essential to understand the ship's layout on the preferred deck, as well as that of the deck immediately above. Over the years, we learned a few hard lessons on cabin selection. Even when we thought we had a great location, we learned a few things for future reference.

To this point of the original question, the cruise lines are well aware of the ship's noisy areas, as well as cabins that have a history of undue commotion. Noise abatement strategies should be used in these areas but this type of extra insulation needs to be addressed during construction (or total refurbishment). I don't expect anything will be done on the ships in service because the cost of this "non-essential" investment would likely be prohibitive. The cruise lines want to make money, as opposed to spend it.

I realize that it is extremely important to pick the right cabin. Still, someone has to end up in the less desirable noisy cabins. Shouldn't cruise line companies do more to make those cabins less noisy? I think that more sound proofing is needed. Why turn someone off cruising because the noise was so intolerable. Of course, amny of us can get a noisy neighbor on a ship, too.

Thanks for everyone's replies. I wish that the cruise lines would listen to passengers' noise complaints. I do hope that newer ships are getting quieter.With all the newer technology, they should be.

I do remember those old vacuum toilet. They were always breaking down. And they were very noisy. Oh wait a minute, toilets are still breaking down. It is one of the biggest maintenance complaints even today. Thanks for joining in the discussion.

Thanks for replying. Passengers pay a lot of money for their cruise. I think they have the right to expect a quiet environment at least after 11 PM.


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