No I don't mean because of a leak or mechanical issues...that other thread got me thinking about this...did you pick it? did the TA do it? and what was it that made it a horror show? noise? smells? neighbors? anything...inquiring minds and all...ours was on an NCL ship right after the smoking ban went into effect...clods next door were chain smokers, made our balcony unusable. went on record with the HEAD of the hotel side...yes you can get at him...then complained after we got home...wound up with a $750 credit on our next one....but I'll bet things like that are over...the ship would have to sink b4 someone issued a credit that big.

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The worse for me was a cove balcony on a dream class Carnival ship. We usually do high level mid ship balcony with cabins above and below us. This cove which was the first and only one we have tried was pretty nice being so close to the water. It was also nice getting on and off the ship from a lower floor. I just didn't realize they turned the galley into a bowling ally or something at night. Could not believe the noise coming from up there. Yankee I did choose this myself but thought hey I am not in bed until late what could they be doing up there at that time.

I always try to ask that question because you can get the most interesting answers. Yours for example, You KNEW what was around you, and picked it for all the right reasons, but....

We have looked at the cove balconies, and decided if we ever get one, it will need to be below the shore tours desk. We would love to be close to the water, but know how whatever is above you, can ruin the experience. Thanks for the warning!

On the Valor May 2006 cabin 9293. Lido deck starboard side. Right by the entrance to the lido deck, lots of noise. Still had a great time.

My worst stateroom was on the Navigator of the Seas. I picked the room. We were in a promenade view interior room. Every night there was some sort of show or music playing in the promenade that wouldn’t start until late. We were positioned right above the stage where the dancers would come out. We also had a speaker right outside of our window. The music was so loud in our room we couldn’t fall asleep until the music stopped, probably around 10:30. I was REALLY sick during this vacation otherwise we probably would have been out enjoying the music. I am glad we didn’t have any young children with us! I would stay in a promenade room again as long as it’s far away from the stage area!

I know we have had threads with waaay many more answers, but for me, (and I suspect others) THIS thread can be incredibly useful. Every so often someone comes across it and posts honestly about a bad cabin, and HOW they came to get it. Its not necessary to post a cabin number or ship unless you want to. It DOES point out the need to do homework. Even if you have a TA. Spending a few extra minutes staring at deck plans might help you avoid days (or nites) of angst. And, unfortunately, sometimes, even the most experienced cruiser can pick badly.

You might simply add a ship name and cabin number to a plain vanilla GOOGLE search. you would be amazed at the results! (You can generally ignore the boilerplate descriptions "plugged in" by the cruise line.) We book far in advance, and often get the same cabin more than once on our favorite ships. But googling the thing is now an automatic part of my booking process, every time.

After waking up to a flooded interior cabin (plumbing problems) we were "upgraded" to a low deck ocean view at the bow of the ship. You haven't cruised until waking up to the anchor machinery at 5 every morning. There wasn't any phone activity for the past 6 weeks which leads me to believe this cabin was only used in emergencies such as this.

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