We have always had a cabin on the middle decks but are considering moving down to deck 2 to get the window and larger room. Does anyone have any sugguestions? Is it noiser? more motion? We are going with the Disney cruise line.
The lower the deck and the more midship the cabin is located, the less motion. As far as noise, well that depends on your neighbors! Really though, it depends on what is above or below your deck. If your cabin is on a low deck, forward, where the bow begins to curve, then you MAY feel the waves against the bow when the ship is underway.
I cruise on Carnival Cat. 1A (least expensive cabins). These cabins are almost always on the bottom two passenger decks. I find that there is less noise in the halls b/c here are less people in the halls. Also, less motion that far down and it takes nothing to get on and off the ship at each port. You can just skip down the stairs one or two short flights and you are off the ship.
I like it down there beause it is so quiet. It is far away from the action and people don't wander down there out of curiousity or from being "lost".
I dont' really get the attraction to the upper decks except to be closer to the buffet.
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I always try to book a lower deck. There is much less motion down there. Just be sure it is towards the middle. I have heard that near the front, there is a lot more motion, plus noise from the slapping of the waves as the ship moves forward. My first cruise was actually the Disney Wonder, 3 days and we ended up on the bottom deck at the back of the ship....travel agent advised us to book the lowest and we would probably be put somewhere better. Well, that didn't work....nice cabin, but it was right over the motors or something and the noise and vibration was awful!So.......lesson learned.....always pick your cabin, check above and below, and you'll be fine. Research pays and I like to know exactly where we will be. I hope this helps......good luck and happy sails..........