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Old October 5th, 2004, 10:02 PM
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My wife and I are planning our first cruise this March - a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean. We are planning to reserve a Junior Suite, and that allows us to choose to be on the port, starboard or a row of cabins overlooking the rear of the ship. It seems that the rear-facing cabins might offer the best views (to right and left), but I wonder whether there's more noise, light, sea roll, etc. back there. Got any tips?
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Old October 6th, 2004, 06:17 AM
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I, personally, love the "rear facing" cabins. I didn't notice any more movement at all. The only minor downfall might be that you have so much further to walk to get to places, but I consider it exercise. Enjoy your cruise.

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Love those aft cabins! I would book it in a heartbeat


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Old October 8th, 2004, 07:32 AM
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Hi there, pw
We have an aft cabin this time. I will let you know how it is when we return. The advice I received here made my decision to book at the stern. It seems we are far away from noises of kitchens, lounges, deck parties, and discos.
I like to watch the ship make a wake from our balcaony too. When approching the ports, sea gulls, and smaller boats chase the ship, fun to watch.
Hope this is some help.
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Old October 8th, 2004, 06:25 PM
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Love 'em.

I love the view, the balconies and rooms are usually larger and I also love to sit at night and watch the wake. Then again I am also easily entertained by shiny objects. :-)

On some ships you may feel a bit more vibration when the thrusters are engaged. This is when you dock and leave port. I have had 5 aft balconies and have yet to notice any major pitch motion.

Go for it.

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Old October 11th, 2004, 09:53 PM
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On many of the ships the aft balconys are tiered so that you lose a bit of privacy as people w/o aft cabins like to watch the ships wake from the aft deck.
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