I'm about to first time cruise. Going to do the Pride in May. I don't really see the value in booking a cabin on a higher deck / higher category 8. Can any one tell me the benefit if any of booking a higher category? Is one placce better than another on the ship?
The general rule of thumb, the higher up you go the more expensive it is, not necessarily any better, may be closer to some of the areas of the ship you spend time at?? For less feel of the ship moving, midship is always good. Just choose a place on ship you'd like to be, I personally like to be somewhere near stairs/elevator. Some cruisers like to be closer to the dinning areas or the casino. Are you looking at an inside/outside or balcony cabin?
Here is a link to some great tips for a first cruisers, lots of good info to read:
I, personally, NEVER want to be anywhere near the "Teen Room", or the Children's Activities Center. On one of my recent, past cruises, my cabin was down the hall from the teen center. Even when the center was closed, the kids were hanging out in the area in front of the center's door. They were constantly running up & down my hallway, knocking on doors, shouting, etc. I know that they were just having fun, but it was a real pain in the tush when we were trying to catch a rare nap, or sleep for the night. Just something you may want to consider.
When I was looking at booking on the Pride, I just asked for a "balcony cabin". They quoted a Category 8i which was on the highest deck with an extra large balcony. You just went up one deck to the gym, spa, pools, buffet, etc. The only noise we encountered was the deck hands putting the lounges down at 7 a.m. each morning - our wake up call! I just got what I felt was a great price $1300 including port, taxes and air pp and the cabin number was a good mid-ship location not far from 2 sets of elevators/stairs. I was also quoted lower Cat. 8's but for more money by other agencies. Shopping around is worth it. Never take the first quote. If you have a reputable agent and get a good price from someone else, see if your agent can meet the price, but don't give your information away. I always compare.
I was on the Pride last month and our TA got us an upgrade to a higher deck and forward which I didn't particularly care for since on the Pride almost all the activities except for the pool deck and spa is down and aft. The bars, casino, show lounge, butterflies lounge, sports bar, renaissance atrium bar, dining room, shops, internet cafe, cigar lounge and pursers desk are on the bottom deck. I don't see any reason to pay for a higher deck on this boat.