My girlfriend and I would like to have an oceanview stateroom on the Pride of Hawaii. It seems a balcony would be very expensive. However, in searching the deck plans, it seems that none of the oceanview staterooms are in good locations. Some of them are on Deck 4, which is the lowest passenger deck, so I'd be worried about engine noise, anchor noise, and whatever crew areas are below them. Some of them are directly below public areas or near the theater. Some of them are located very far forward or aft, and I'd be worried about motion and noise.
If we do book an oceanview room, which category and deck would you recommend? Would noise be a problem on Deck 4? What areas should we avoid in order to avoid a noisy room? And, how much motion and noise can we expect with a forward or aft room? Basically, we have to choose the lesser of all evils.
I'll go through my analysis of each deck that has oceanview staterooms:
Deck 4: Mostly Category F, with porthole. Since it is on the lowest deck, I'd be concerned about noise from the engne, the anchor, and mechanical and crew areas. All of the staterooms are port side. Is that good or bad? We don't know what is below Deck 4, which could be a problem. Above seems to mostly be staterooms; not a problem. Also, is noise from the medical center going to be a problem? How big are the portholes?
Deck 5: Several different categories. Most midship rooms are Cat. DD, with a picture window. Unfortunately, most are below public areas, which could be a problem. Would we be ok if we are below the seating area of a restaurant? Would we have noise from the theater, or is that never used at night?
Deck 6: Directly below jogging deck, so I should probably not even consider it.
Deck 8: Category CC with picture window. All the rooms are far forward or aft, and most are above public areas. And, the forward rooms appear to be very small.
If none of the oceanview locations are any good, should I convince my girlfriend that we should pay the extra for a balcony room (it seems that only BB rooms are in good locations), even if we don't use the balcony at all, in order to be in a better location? Or, would we be better off going on the Pride of Aloha, where balcony rooms are cheaper? Thank you.