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Old January 31st, 2008, 05:03 PM
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Although this topic is not HAL specific, I'm a HAL fan so here I'll post.

I've seen quite a few postings on cabin locations. I've had cabins in the fore, the middle, and the aft of the ship. I've been on decks three, six, and right below the Lido kitchen. I've never been on the lowest passenger deck, lucky me.

To me, the most important thing is a quiet room. Having ten years of military expereince, I've slept in some pretty lousy conditions. Evenutally you get used to the noise, but it wears on you. Every ship has boom boom cabins (cabins over some big peice of reciprocating machinery). A cruise ship is a massive thing that has some massive power generation equipment on board. usually this equipment is below the lowest passenger deck. I avoid the lowest passenger deck because of this. Study the deck plans. If you like quiet, avoid being close to elevators, they go ding throughout the night. Also below public bathrooms and high traffic areas. When I was below the Lido kitchen, I could hear heavy foot traffic and carts for short periods just before and after meals. It wasn't bad. Being below a self serve laundry can also be bad. Once I was above the theater; forget sleeping during show hours, but it's still better than a boom boom cabin.

If you don't like rocking fore and aft, then a mid ship room is the best. An aft cabin isn't bad, but a forward cabin is the worst. If you can't handle side to side rocking, get a room on land. I personally like the rocking. It's peaceful and part of the experience of being at sea.

If you want to be close to everything, you won't be. No cabin is close to everything. The question is how close are you to the elevators or stairwells. On a HAL ship, I prefer to be near the aft elevators. My preferred locals are the aft pool, the Lido buffet, the dining room, and outside on the promenade deck. I go to these areas at least once a day. IF you like the midship areas, then try to be near the midship elevators and so forth for the forward areas.

I'd be interested to read the points of view of others.

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I agree, no cabin is close to everything, but mid section cabins on decks about 5-7 will give you the best of everything. We just got off PRincess, we were on the Plaza Deck, slightly forward, but very close to mid ship. Except for a couple of early morning engine noises we couldn't have been in a better location. We were near the purser, just a short walk for a couple of restaurants, one level below the casino and shops, plus one level below the first level of the showroom. We have had similar locations before and low them. On the Amsterdam we were as far aft as you can get. Yes, we heard more noise and had a longer hike, but it too was nice. It was very quiet, the cabin was a little larger and we had a great view.

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Default Location of cabins / Oosterdam SY / Upper verandah deck (#6?

I have been very pleased to read the analyses of the previous posters.
This is our first cruise and our TA told us the HAL SY rooms were excellent due to size, location (basically mid-ship and not right near elevators), being on deck #6 (upper verandah) which has only rooms below and above (I think?). I would be pleased to hear if anyone has experienced an SY on the Oosterdam (or another Vista ship) and been on similar deck?
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Old February 4th, 2008, 11:28 AM
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I have been very pleased to read the analyses of the previous posters.
This is our first cruise and our TA told us the HAL SY rooms were excellent due to size, location (basically mid-ship and not right near elevators), being on deck #6 (upper verandah) which has only rooms below and above (I think?). I would be pleased to hear if anyone has experienced an SY on the Oosterdam (or another Vista ship) and been on similar deck?
Wow, you are in for a great time. Do you sail before or after the April retrofit?

Your TA is correct. I was in cabin 6153 and never heard sounds from above or below.

Caution: Listen to the elevators as they arrive at the "Upper Verandah Deck." They actually say, "A burger on the the deck!" Sorry, it was evil of me to say this. If you have this in mind, the elevator voice will clearly say this. My wife and I made it a game to see how many passengers we could influece to hear this. Almost everyone agreed. One lady about fell down laughing. Maybe they will make it sound closer to "Upper Verandah Deck" during the refit.

You're really going to enjoy yourself. How nice to get an SY cabin on your first cruise.
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Hi!
Thanks for the vote of confidence. We leave Seattle 5/03/08 on the Oosterdam in an SY cabin!
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I've been in Category SY on the Oosterdam and couldn't have been more pleased. The staterooms are large and I didn't experience any noise from above or below.
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I have to tell you this was a total serendipitous happening...I would have known nothing about cabins, locations, etc. since having no cruise experience, but it sounds from you like it was a great move! I have to attribute this good luck to our TA at Triple A! Thanks for your agreeing!
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