Originally Posted by rpjkw11
I have been reading a number of posted messages concerning past experiences.
We had a very bad experience on the Maasdam last year, but it would seem that others love the ship; some who were perhaps on board either at the time we were, or just before or after.
I noticed, too, that those who sang praises for the Maasdam and mentioned their accommodations tended to have veranda cabins, or better. For the first time ever, we had an ocean view cabin rather than a veranda. Our experience was nothing like what we'd come to expect from past cruises on HAL and other lines. Nor were the problems we encountered restricted to our cabin only.
So, my question is this: Can one expect problems, or more problems, with AC, lack of hot water, etc. with an inside or ocean view cabin than they would in a veranda cabin?
To answer the question of your post: Can Cabin Location Adversely Affect The Quality Of A Cruise?
It really depends on the individual(s). There may be noise and some folks handle it better than others. One person's extremely noisy is another's "yeah, there was some noise but it didn't bother us." I have been under the pool areas and could hear the dragging of loungers across the deck in morning and at night and it really didn't bother me, especially when I knew what it was. Other people have been driven crazy by the sound.
I don't think you can expect to have less problems with a balcony than an inside or outside cabin but in terms of air conditioning, you can at least open the window. If the ventilation is bad in an inside or an outside you have no recourse. You also have no chance to get fresh air in the event there is a plumbing problem and there is a lingering smell.