We have a 7 day cruise on the Carnival Conquest in late July. Because of logisitics with several other groups we are booked near the the middle to back elevators on the Riveria deck. I have sailed several times and have always "heard" that the bottom deck was not good. Is it only because of the distance to the upper decks ? or is there something else I should look out for. also any comments on the Conquest? Thank you
Despite what you will hear, mark my words: That's one of the best locations on any cruiseship.
The best way I can describe it to you:
Think of a ship as an inverted pendelum. The higher up you are, the MORE motion you will feel, the lower you are, the LESS motion you will feel. Moreso if you have a cabin located on Riviera Deck 3 and towards the middle of the ship, that's even better, it's the ideal location from that point of view.
Also, Riviera Deck is all cabins, no public areas so the only foot traffic you get there is passengers going to/from their cabins.
Additionally, if you do like to make up for all the sins (of eating so much food) Riviera Deck gives you plenty of apportunities to walk up the staircases to the Lido Deck/Buffet, etc...... Come to think of it, with the exception of the medical facility and crew quarters, you can only walk UP from the Riviera Deck. the Captain and the Mrs have stayed numerous times on Riviera deck and we ALWAYS take the stairs up from our cabin and down again. Good excercise. Ofcourse, you can always also
use the elevators.
The Captain is correct, and I might offer a few more advantages of having your cabin on the Riviera Deck. You are closer to the dining rooms, the main lounge for entertainment, the "A" deck which is one deck below Riviera to leave the ship while in port, and you can ALWAYS catch an elevator that isn't full! If you're on one of the "central" decks, you'll find that every elevator that stops,,,whether you're trying to go up, or down, is already full of people. On the Riviera deck, when the elevator stops, the people who are in the elevator are leaving, so you can easily board. The Riviera deck is quiet, with the exception of the first few cabins in the bow (anchor noise in port, and sometimes machinery noise) and as the Captain pointed out, the ships motion in high seas is at a minimum on the Riviera deck. Therefor I personally PREFER the Riviera deck to almost any of the others. Please don't tell anyone else about the advantages of the Riviera deck, or Carnival will start charging a premium price for those cabins.
............Please don't tell anyone else about the advantages of the Riviera deck, or Carnival will start charging a premium price for those cabins.
Shhhhhhhhh.....Ken Don't give Carnival any ideas! Let's see, shall we introduce a "Comfort Supplement" next!
Btw, the other things you mentioned are ALL excellent points.
And Happy New Year to you and the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita), buddy!
Thank you Captain! I'll pass along your greetings, and salutations to the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita). The same right back at you, for you and yours.
Oh, by the way,,,,I think the Riviera deck is the worst place on the entire ship, and believe it should be the least expensive cabins available! (THERE,,,that should take care of that,,,just in case Carnival is reading our posts)