First time on the CP and have a choice for a balcony cabin (cat. BA) on the Lido Deck or the Caribe Deck or a cat. B on the Riviera (but this is right under the buffet restaurant). The Lido cabin is on the same deck as the pools. Is noise a consideration? The Caribe cabin is lower and more mid ship. Is this preferable? BTW, this a holiday sailing and I have no other choices. Appreciate experienced thoughts and help.
Location, location, location - (1) the closer you are to the middel of the ship and the lower the deck the smoother the ride. Personally, it's the "princess and the pea" story since today's ships are very smooth where ever your cabin is located. But physics do play a part.
The BD cabins are at the extreme ends of the BAJA deck - (2) less centrally located means you walk further IF your activity is at the opposite end of the ship. In theory it may also experience more motion.
The BA cabins on the LIDO deck are forward of the pools and food courts - convenient if you desire easy access to these areas; however Caribe deck is 3 decks lower and will provide quicker access to the shops, casino, dining rooms and nightly entertainment.
Hey, if stairs are not your friend, then keep in mind that being closer to what YOU want to do - does make a difference. Sometimes elevators "seem" like they take forever.
Unless you plan on spending the majority of your time at the pool and don't really get into the whole formal dining experience, probably the Lido BA cabin will be great. Second choice would have to be Caribe BA and last is Baja BD. The BD is more $ - go figure!
You'll have a terrific time no matter where you stay, it's all in the attitude and the decision that nothing is going to "rain on your parade"!
My apologies to you, Stargazer, and Magiceye. Lost track of which ship the question was about.
My comments about location are still valid. The Lido BA, only if convenience to pools and food court is a MUST. Caribe BA because its that much more centrally located if you are interested in dining, casino, entertainment etc. Last choice, for ME, would be Rivera BB since it offers little or no benefit, and yes, may be noisy - especially early am when they "arrange" the deck chairs and clean the buffet area.
MY choice would be Caribe BA because it puts me closest to what I'm most interested in. Consider too, you might want to "escape" from the action for a little quiet time and that will happen quicker on the Caribe deck.
I think your reasons for preferring Caribe Deck over Lido make sense. Being mid-level and mid-ship seems preferable. Would you know if there is a difference in balcony size or exposure?
We had a Cat BB on Caribe Deck, port side, both on the Grand and the Caribbean.
We were slightly forward of midship, so the ride was smooth and loved the larger
Caribe deck, half covered, half open.
Have a great cruise!
I always look at what's above and below me -- also how close we are to the anchor. There's nothing worse than being kept awake by loud music from a disco above or below you, or by being awakened at 6 AM by folks moving lounge chairs above your head near the pool. I also understand anchors are noisy when the ship docks early in the morning.
We were in a BA cabin on the Lido deck in September, we loved it. This cabin is on the same deck as all the pools and buffet restaurant. It did not matter that you were in deck 15 because the elevator goes to all decks in about the same time. It was also nice being this high when we were in port, it made for a nice view.
We are going again on Jan 22 maybe we will not have to fight with the hurricanes.
We were in a BA cabin and didn't love being that high up when we had two days of high seas. Ugh too roly.
Noise was not a problem at all, the hall was very quiet as there is a door that seperates you form pool deck and not many people use the front staircase/ elevators to go to the pool or buffets.
Caribe deck balconys are bigger.
had a BA balcony on Carib deck, port side 324. Carib deck didin't have as much foot traffic as Lido, where everyone was either going to the pool or buffet. i'd have been irked passing by people especially kids just getting out of the pool everytime i went back to my room. Lido was also very confusing when trying to figure out which way was aft, and many people went back & forth trying to get to Horizon Court....
the elevators were very slow, so Carib was a good compromise going up or down