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Old September 18th, 2007, 05:16 PM
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Two part question from a cruise newbie, forgive my lack of lingo knowledge.

1. If you were looking at a deck map (from the top) where on the ship would you want to be located? Front, Back, Left side (also towards front, back or middle of ship), Right side (also towards front, back, or middle of ship). Why? Is the ride smoother if you are in the middle of the ship than the back, is the back more relaxed and private since there would be fewer balconies on the back of the ship? What should I consider?

2. Would you rather stay on a higher or lower deck?


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My first choice would be an aft balcony.
Second choice would be a balcony on the port side (left), aft

I try to select a deck that has passenger cabins above and below. Also, I avoid booking directly above/below/next to a potentially noisy area (show lounge, casino, galley, stairs) and I avoid booking a room next to a large blank area on the deck plan. I had one on Carnival last year that was next to a crew service area - it was very noisy as the stewards were setting up their carts in the wee hours of the morning and the carts banged around a bit...I don't think we slept past 4 or 5 am that week.

We don't have the income we did in previous years, so now we book inside cabins. Still prefer aft, but will take whatever just to get on one

Some people feel the back of the ship has too much motion or vibration. It never bothers me.

Some people book to be near a particular place (elevators, buffet, PIZZA, etc.)

They say that the middle of the ship, on lower decks is better for seasickness. I don't really get that as you are out and about the ship most of the time anyway. I suppose if one was going to spend a lot of time in their cabin, that might be of help...but if you're going to stay in your room most of the time, why cruise???
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Really depends on the ship and destinations. I would say aft balcony cabin but everyone has caught onto those and they are getting hard to get.
So...... Balcony no doubt and I like it as aft as possible because it seems to be smoother aft, and the side of the ship would depend on destination whereby the location of the sun would be important and possibly to some, which side is toward land in port.
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Two part question from a cruise newbie, forgive my lack of lingo knowledge.

1. If you were looking at a deck map (from the top) where on the ship would you want to be located? Front, Back, Left side (also toward front, back or middle of ship), Right side (also toward front, back, or middle of ship). Why? Is the ride smoother if you are in the middle of the ship than the back, is the back more relaxed and private since there would be fewer balconies on the back of the ship? What should I consider?

2. Would you rather stay on a higher or lower deck?


Thanks a bunch for any advice you can give!!!
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Like Bobby, I enjoy an aft balcony because of the view and they usually have a slightly larger balcony.

The most "stable" cabins on the ship are on the lower decks and right in the middle of the ship. This is becoming somewhat less of a consideration with modern ships because their size, stabilizers, design and the fact they usually don't cruise the "heavy seas".

The main things I consider when choosing a cabin are:

1. What's above me. If it's the galley, pool deck a night club there will be noise. The best thing to have above or below are other cabins.

2. How far away are the elevators/stairwells. It doesn't bother me too much for the exercise but it can be a consideration for safety or after that long day on shore.

3. What is outside of that cabin. Is it a life boat or is there a bar just below me.

4. If you are mobility challenged you may want a cabin that is at the same end of the ship as the dining rooms and buffet.

5. Front facing cabins may sound good but they are usually very windy, if you have a balcony. They are also the most prone to motion.

Otherwise: Having any cabin on the ship is better than not having a cabin.

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I personally prefer to be as close to the central atriuim as possible. On most Carnival ships this means 10 elevators at you beck and call. yup 10!

I also suggest getting a cabin that isn't above a public room, as you might here the noise. I have had a Deck 8 with open lido deck abovce us ( no noise at night), and then Deck 10 right besdie the exit to step-down Panorama to Lido deck sand that was great. The next cabin is lower down, deck 7, but it is a suite, so only cabins above, below, and beside.

The last cruise, which I have only been back for a week and a half, I had a cabin below and only one beside as mine was the last one on that deck.

Aft balconies are awesome, but I'd rather be close to the glass elevators!
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Portside, midships, deck 10. The absolute best.
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The most stable are on the ships is mid ship, lower decks.

Odd then that the cabins higher up are more expensive, and many ships have their Penthouse Suites either very forward or very aft. But, that's the way it is.
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when we cruise we stay on the lower deck midship its nice and quiet
you can't feel that your moving the price is right and when your in port
you don't have to go far to get on and off the ship
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I prefer the main embarkation deck near the atrium.
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