Stern berths on Princess appear to be a better deal overall...some are actually larger than the mid-ship berths... I haven't criused in years so I am wondering if there are reasons not to stay far back in the stern on these modern ships... Is there more engine noise, more motion issues? Any advice you can offer would be appreciated!
There is the possibility of more motion in the event of rough seas, and it's further to walk to some public areas than it would be from amidships. Clear at the rear there is not usually more noise especially if you are a few decks up. there is an area where the exhaust goes up through every deck to the stacks where engine noise is somewhat more pronounced usually 100 ft. or more forward of the last cabin in the rear.
This varies from ship to ship of course. You can tell by looking at pictures and deck plans.
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Check out the deck plans and see how close you are to the elevators. If it is a true "Stern" cabin there are advantages in terms of view and balcony size. If it is a cabin that is toward the aft portion of the ship it is basically the same as any other cabin but it is just farther toward the back of the ship. On the larger ships the ride should be fairly similar.
I personally enjoy the stern cabins and book them as often as I can. Princess ships are not known for vibration problems.
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Once again, it depends on whether you're talking about a balcony/suite, or an inside cabin. If it's a balcony, then I absolutely agree that stern cabins are the BEST. On the other hand, if we're talking about an inside, then there isn't any substitute for a midship cabin. Better ride, closer to the majority of the action, and much, much quieter.
We are leaning towards a stern mini-suite on the Dolphin deck of the Coral Princess. We would choose one very near the very back; the balaconies are larger (6 x 8 ) and even though they are not entirely covered I don't believe that is a real issue, especially being at the very back.
You will love the Coral, one of my favorite Princess ships. FYI--Stern cabins are the cabins at the very back of the ship. You view the wake and where you have been. Side cabins towards the back are aft cabins. Most folks confuse the two.
Just some food for thought I believe the Horizon Court (buffet area) is at the front of the ship as opposed to aft on the grand class, so it will be a looong walk to get there. Sometimes that is a good thing because it keeps you from gaining too much weight from all the good food!
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