I am scheduled to cruise on the Paradise. We currently have an assigned outside stateroom on the Riveria Deck. I am hesitant to try for a "guarantee" upgrade for the following reason:
I have heard that the elevators are very slow on this ship. If we are on the lowest deck, and want to go up, we will be the first on the elevators. I was worried that if we were on a higher deck, we would have to wait for several elevators since some would be full by the time they got to us.
Is this not true? Should I go for a guarantee?
I don't think the elevators should be a concern. They will stop at any floor that someone has pushed the button to and I have seen them take about the same time no matter where they start from. We usually take the stairs whenever possible but with my bad knees and ankles I often opt for the elevator if more than two decks. Stairs are great exercise and help burn off all the good food you will eat. <G> On CCL ships the staterooms are all the same size until you get to the suites and I can pretty much tell you you will not get an upgrade that high although you can dream. <G> Low and center of the ship does offer the best ride with the least rocking. The bow is usually noisey and if in rough seas you definately will feel the movement!
If you are a light sleeper the Rivera deck might be a better option for you. Since you have only cabins above you there will not be as much noise as say if you were on the upper deck and had a dance club or dining room right above you.
If you did book a 6A guarentee you might make it all the way to a 6C or D but getting the bump up to a 11 or 12 is pretty unlikely.
I have sailed in cabins on the Rivera deck of the same type of "Fantasy" class ships as the Paradise only to be awakened at 6:00 a.m. (or earlier) each morning!! This is the lowest passenger deck with a crew/work deck below - depending on your cabin location, you may be above work or loading areas that are EXTREMELY noisy!! Best bet is a cabin location with passenger decks (cabins) above and below you - even cabins just below an public deck can be very noisy especially if below a walkway area - ladies high heels make alot of noise!! These are ships, not hotels, so cabin location is very important if you are a light sleeper.
Kilarney, I don't use the elevators as they are slow on any ship and fill up soon. I always walk the steps. Now the Riveria deck is closest to where you get on/off the ships at port but then on the ship going out to the Lido deck is a bit of a climb but if you have no problems use the steps.
Golden Princess 12/04
Enchantment of the Seas 4/02
I will be on the Conquest Jan12th and I have an assigned cabin (Category 11 Suite) it is on the Lido deck right over the bridge in the front of the ship. Our friends just got back and had the same room, they said in ruff seas the movement wasnt bad at all due to the size of the ship but yes you did feel something not extreme at all. And the noise level was very minimal.
We have been on the Riviera deck and never had a problem with elevators or anything else. You sleep there and shower and dress. Otherwise you are not in your rooms very much. Just go and enjoy.......... Char
We just got back from the New Year's Cruise on the Pride. We were on the Riviera Deck and our relatives were way up on the Promenade Deck...we actually preferred our cabin for a few reasons:
1) Closer to dining, pursor, casino, lounges.
2) Closer to gangway (nice when you return from the islands)
3) Less movement on rolling seas (my wife liked this)
4) Smell...yes, I said "smell". (The upper cabins with balconies seemed to be used by a lot of folks who smoke...since you are *supposed* to smoke in the cabins, they go out on the balcony.)
My nieces were up on the Promenade deck and were all getting seasick, so they propped open the door to the balcony for fresh air....all they got was warm, humid, salty sea air. We just cranked up the air conditioning and my wife felt fine in our Riviera cabin.
When we got there, we were envious of our relatives up top....by the 2nd night, we were MUCH happier to be where we were. After all....we spent VERY little "awake time" in our cabin.