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Old December 19th, 2007, 02:00 PM
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Default Rooms at the rear of a ship.

I originally asked this question in the Celebrity thread but got no responses. I thought I would try here because it really applies to any cruiseship.

I will be sailing with Celebrity next December and have the opportunity to stay in a room at the rear of the ship.

I don't know how to explain the location other than its the very back of the ship and not on the side of the ship. So on your balcony you are overlooking the rear and engines.

Have any of your stayed in these rooms before? I am curious as to the vibrations that you may feel at the very back due to the engines. They have huge balconies compared to side rooms so that it was makes me interested in them.

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these are called the aft rooms and are much desired

I finally had one and I found it to be my favorite room so far and it didn't have a balcony only a window, but the framing around the window was like a windowseat and I enjoyed sitting there watching where we had been.

Some will say that the motion/vibration of the props was annoying; however, I was on the empress deck, which is about mid-center of the ship and only barely noticed it. the ship was the Inspiration, so it wasn't a huge ship and I don't know if that makes a difference with the noise/vibration in the aft rooms - in any event, this was a room that I had my best sleep in (on a cruise ship) as I am a light sleeper and have problems sleeping in my own room at home, but for some reason I slept very well in that room! Also it just seemed like hallway noise was lessened as not that many people are walking past your room and talking as it is in the very back of the ship!

So I say go for it!
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This hidden secret is now out! I had a corner aft once, and it was wonderful...I felt no vibrations or excesive movements. The view is where you have been, and the calming feeling is th best.
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Thank you both for your replies. I've luckily got an aft room booked for my next two cruises now (alaska and south caribbean)
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Thank you both for your replies. I've luckily got an aft room booked for my next two cruises now (alaska and south caribbean)
let us know how you enjoyed it! are the rooms balcony? I haven't had a balcony aft yet and would love to do so.
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I will be sailing with Celebrity next December and have the opportunity to stay in a room at the rear of the ship.

I don't know how to explain the location other than its the very back of the ship and not on the side of the ship. So on your balcony you are overlooking the rear and engines.

Have any of your stayed in these rooms before? I am curious as to the vibrations that you may feel at the very back due to the engines. They have huge balconies compared to side rooms so that it was makes me interested in them.
I call the cabins at the rear of the ship the "WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" cabins. You will definitely feel more "motion of the ocean" there, but then ... at least in my case ... I cruise for that motion. Otherwise, I would just take a land trip.

If you are prone to motion sickness you may want to avoid these cabins as any cabin at the front or rear of the ship will experience more motion than others. But that's not to say it will be a wild ride ... it only means that you will get more motion there than elsewhere.

As to excessive noise, I don't think those cabins have more unless you are right over where the anchor is. Then you will hear the motors that drop the anchor running when you arrive at a tender port. But then, what's the problem? If you're in port, you're probably going to be getting off the ship anyway ... so that bit of activity serves as a great "wake up" call.

Enjoy your cruise. I think you will like your aft cabin.

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I had a cabin at the back of the ship on the Holiday. I was on deck 3. This ship has no regular balconies on Riviera to Empress deck, they do have suites. I didn't hear much noise from the engines, but I did have a wee problem with the winches and hawsers when we got into port early, and I am talking 6am early.....The ropes that tied the ship were teo decks above me. I really wonder what the people on Empress deck aft cabins heard if it was as loud as it was on Upper, it must have been even louder on Empress!!!!

I like to pick a cabin mid-ship near the central atrium. Ok, so I like the glass elevators, not only that, there are 10 elevators to choose from instead of 2, 4 or 6....10 is much better and quicker...I like glass elevators....Bigger balconies are nice, but midship is where I like it...
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The engines really are nowhere near the aft of the ship.
If the ship has shafts and propellars then the props will exit the hull forward of the rudders. This, of course, is a ways from the stern.
The shafts will be of different lengths as one engine room will be ahead of the other. Both rooms will be positioned so as to evenly distribute their weight between fore and aft (I.E. close to midships).

If the ship has pod props or Azimud Propulsion Systems (which most of the newer ships are equipped with) then the props again will be positioned 20% forward of the stern. These props are electric driven but derive their juice from either diesels or gas turbines. The turbines are placed inside enclosures to contain debris in case the engine scatters. These enclosures almost guarantee silent running.
Again these power plants are positioned far from the stern.

Sorry for going on and on.
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rinker250 - - great info - and it is great to learn new stuff - thanks heck for all I know the noise/vibration I notice in the aft cabins is from the dishwasher LMAO - it isn't really that noticeable and like another poster said; it is a moving ship! and that is why I sail.

now aft vs. very front; aft wins hands down; there is definetly more motion in the very forward cabins and I will never ever get forward again! (well unless all the other rooms are sold out )
I sailed once in the winter with strong seas and once in calm seas; even in calm seas the motion was more noticeable in front then anywhere else on the ship - I also thought the forward cabins more noisy as the anchor being dropped is quite a wake up call and I think there is electric winches in the front for the large ropes as well

if I can't get an aft; I look for the room most convenient to the pool deck & casino and split the difference as that is where I am most of the time.
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(well unless all the other rooms are sold out )

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(well unless all the other rooms are sold out )

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after I typed that I remembered on my cruise in Feb 07 I booked pretty last minute and got a forward room; but at least I got the least forward room possible; it was one door before the hull gets more narrow - and were only 2 more rooms ahead of me; man those must really be terrible -
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I have learned (and so much more from this site) that the forward cabins are a no-no.
But still.....they ARE on the ship.
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We ended up in a cabin once that was ALL the way forward. We liked it, since we like the motion of the ship. But, I wouldn't want to be in one in a big storm....unless, as already stated, it was the last cabin available! Then, I'd be there.
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Just got off the Conquest had cabin 7451 on the Empress deck.....only time we felt anything is when the engines started up....the wake noise is so soothing, I fell asleep several times out on the deck lounge chair, the balcony was huge......did not feel any rocking....loved it.
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