After much consideration we finally went this evening and booked our cruise! It's for this November 9th on the Explorer to the Western Carribean. After talking my husband, the miser, into atleast getting a window we ended up on deck 6 with a cat. F cabin. It's at the front of the ship, cabin #6202. Its a larger stateroom (211sq.ft.) with a big picture window. It has a sleeper sofa. We will have our 2 daughters with us, 13 & 16. I always heard that you should stay mid-ship. None of us have any problems on smaller boats with sickness. If you have any input on where this cabin is located or any info you can give us it would be greatly appreciated. Also will both of our girls be able to sleep on this sleeper sofa? They said it is the size of a double bed.
If you can help us at all that would be great!
Casey - If the sofa bed is like the Radiance's, then it will be a very tight squeeze. Our two sons slept in the sofa bed. One was 11 yrs. and the other was 9 yrs. old. They use twin sheets on these beds and they aren't wide enough. This should give you an idea of how wide (or NOT how wide) the beds are. We were in a Cat. C suite, but I believe all the sofa beds are the same size.
Once the kids got in the sofa bed, there wasn't enough sheet to cover them up on the sides. I finally switched it around so it was lengthwise. Then, their feet wouldn't get enough sheet. I did this every night and it wasn't fun.
The sofa bed folds out so that it lays on the floor, kind-of like a foo-ton (sp?). They said it was very comfortable, just not big enough. Because of this, we are getting two balcony cabins this summer on the Adventure. They are adjoining and each child will have his own bed, which will be REALLY nice for a change.
If this isn't feasible for you, consider asking your cabin steward for a roll-away. We saw some of them in the hallway, so I know they have some. Or, if you have the extra cash and can convince your husband, get an inside cabin for them across the hall from your cabin.
You will feel more motion definitely than in a midship stateroom, but I think you will be fine. Are there no quad occupancy staterooms for this sailing? Would also recommend the quad cabin so that everyone has their own sleeping space...the upper beds retract fully into the wall during the day. Have sailed with teens before too and the double bed would have never worked for us. But then I also understand the constraints of a "miser" husband. After cruising one time my miser would go with spending a few extra bucks if necessary to get a quad. You can have your agent put a request in for a rollaway tho if you stay with this stateroom...will work out either way. have fun.
Checked my deck plan.. if you were any further forward, you would be in the water. Having said that, the big ships are stable and if you cruised before with no problem, you should be fine..wristbands work really well for small waves, . Happy cruising!