We are first time cruisers going with some friends that booked months ago. We are now trying to book cruise on Miracle and are having tough time choosing room. Have a couple questions:
1) Is it important that we are close to our friends for day trips (had heard that boarding/unboarding can take a long time and it is done by sections, so we wouldn't want anyone to have to wait for the others)?
2) On the online maps of each deck, there are some rooms that have codes next to them indicating upper or fold out couch, etc. It seems those are the only rooms left (rather than rooms with no symbols). Are there any downsides to having a room like that, such as the likelihood of being bumped to another room, etc.?
Hi - on day trips the passengers load and unload in groups - with those having paid for excursions through the cruiseline leaving first - after that everyone just leaves when they want to. So it doesn't really make any difference where your cabin is located. It's every man for himself lol.
As for choosing a cabin - your TA can help you figure that one out. We have found that most cabins have the same features in them - no matter where you are on the ship. I have heard that if two people book a room tht will hold four - then you may be moved. We always make sure we get the rooms for two - and double chek with the TA because sometimes those deck plans are a little confusing.
The lower the floor and the closer to the centre of the ship - the less motion - but the views aren't as good - so you have to decide what is important for you. Upper floors are close to pools and the buffet areas, while the lower floors are closer to the dining rooms, the casino, the shops and theatre.
Have a wonderful time - there is no cruise like your first cruise - then you will be hooked like the rest of us and you will be answering all the other new cruisers questions. Take care.