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Old July 5th, 2008, 07:21 PM
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Default Re: Bow or aft? Help!

Originally Posted by MH8535
Hi everyone. My partner and I are doing a transatlantic cruise on Independence of the Seas in Apr/09. The travel agent said that lg. Oceanview staterooms are hard to choose from as the only ones available are either in the extreme bow or extreme aft. She is suggesting deck 6 and a back stateroom in the extreme aft.

Would this be a good choice? Your thoughts/experiences would be most welcome.

Many thanks,

When choosing a cabin, you want to be mid ship. Lots of cruisers cannot stand the motion in the front of the ship and get sea sick. A lot of complaints are that the rear of the ship is too noisy as the engine is back there. A nice rear facing cabin is awesome as you can see both sides at once; however, make sure that this cabin is not under or next to a pool.

Always attempt to book your cabins at least a year in advance. Your travel agency may be a member of a group where they have booked group space from the cruiseline and she is limited to just the cabin selections she has purchased. In that case, call the cruise line itself and see if there is other space available on that she and if that is the case, you can book it as a direct passenger. Your travel agent may not like for you to do this, but if they do not have your desired space available in their inventory, you certainly have the right to check elsewhere. Stay away from cabins near elevators and stair cases and near laundry rooms, the slamming of doors and constant traffic can ruin your sleep and in some cases your entire cruise. Especially if you get some drunk person trying to do laundry at 3:00 am.
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