What is your preference and why? Just wondering if I am on the same page as a lot of people or if I am just foolish
What floor is the best floor to have a cabin on?
I prefer a floor that has cabins above, bellow and on the sides so I do not get the noise of open deck above or worse the disco, a galley, crew entry door or the bridge. I also prefer mid ship and lower down so it has a smoother trip.
This is a very subjective question and you will get many many varied answers. Long and short it depends on what you want and what you like and the ship that you are on. If you have issues with motion then generally speaking the lower the deck the better as the higher you go the more motion you will experience. Same with fore and aft. At either end there will be more motion than in the middle.
If motion is not an issue then look at the ship and where the amenities are. On my last cruise on NCL Dawn (similar to all but the newer 4 NCL ships) balconies are on decks 8 through 11 with the pool on 12. Some like to be on 11 because it is closer to the pool while others prefer deck 8 because it is closer to the 24 hour restaurant. Others prefer 10 as it is more insulated and away from noise. You also need to consider where the elevators and stairs are and how much walking you want to do.
Preferred location is best decided by what you want to be closest to and what you want to be furthest away from. On the smaller to mid-sized my preference is a deck 10 midship balcony. But then I have been spoiled.
On Princess I like Deck 8 , for the Golden and Island it is one above the Promenade deck. On NCL decks 9,10, or 11 work for me. But really folks. with the exception of maybe deck 3 or 4 on most ships, any deck is fine because "you are on a cruise !!!!!!
Oh I fully expect varied answers for sure, I was just curious what people usually select and why. Personally myself, my wife and I prefer the deck where the pool and hot tubs are. That way your not forced to travel all over the ship in your bathing attire and frankly, there is nothing like a dip in the pool first thing in the morning :)
I like as high up and as far fore as possible.
I finally reserved my ideal cabin on Royal Princess - L101 (Lido deck 16, forward facing balcony right in the center of the ship)
If you are on a balcony, something mid level, that way you have a nice view and still feel secure. It's a good level regardless of inside or balcony. Last cruises I've been on 8 and 10 and was just fine. I think my early cruises I was around the lower/lower mid and it wasn't bad either, but getting too close to the water can give me some mental anxiety (totally irrational) of being underwater.
I kind of like deck 2 and 3. Depending on the ship, its less people traffic when just simply trying to get back to your cabin from the busy decks.
I like lido deck close to pool and buffet
Ask if your ship has the " Freddy Laker Suite " . Suite is a bit of a misnomer, it's just a regular cabin. However.......the cabin is truly bare bones. 4 walls + a bathroom. You are responsible for bringing a sleeping bag and/or a cot. Pillows, shampoo, soap is on you. They provide the towels ( no animals at night ) and cleaning. The benefit ? Cabins can be had for about 40% off the regular rate. The secret is, you have to ask about it. They are never advertised. You can't book it online. If the person denies having them, use the code: LIDO BUFFET. Now, you never know where these very limited cabins are located.
" Freddy Laker Suite " . use the code: LIDO BUFFET.