With our family we prefer to be up higher rather than lower. This gives easy access to the outdoor recreation areas, fitness center, and windjammer cafe without getting on an elevator. also the view is better when in port as you have less chance of being blocked by structures or other ships. While we haven't been on the FotS, it seems the deck plans still support this view.
I would only pick the lower cabin if:
1) I planned on spending most of my time inside
2) got motion sickness as the pitch and roll would be slightly less if down low.
I didn't like the rear of the ship on Deck 7 on the JotS as we got noise from the Safari Club in the evening. This wouldn't be an issue on Freedom as deck 6 has cabins below. I doubt the vibration would be bad in the back as the propulsion system on Freedom uses the modern pod system.
IF your cabins are the same which is possible heres your options:
- Generally higher priced cabins are on the upper decks as a result of their closeness to activities
- If you have an option of a higher deck versus a lower deck for the same price you may want to choose the higher deck as it will limit your distance to amenities. This comes in handy also during prime times when elevators are packed and the stairs are the only logical option.
- If you choose a higher deck however, you will feel the pitch and roll of the ship more. If you get seasickness you may choose this option still as Drammamine pills are commonly available at most any store nowadays, they are also avaliable for free from your cabin steward whom you'll meet the first day of your voyage. More than likely during your first hour onboard. In extreme cases the ships doctor can administer an injection which i have seen clear people up in time to enjoy their next meal! So if you have any more questions or concerns please feel free to send me an IM, Private message (PM), or an e-mail at Ryanspecialevent@msn.com Happy Sailing
Ryan- 3 Time Prom King of the Mariner of the Seas
29 cruises so far and 30 is coming up at the end of the week
As for my experience, i would choose deck 7.....not too high, not too low. i don't like being too low because it is far away from the amenities. however, what does influence my decision is where on the ship the room is. we always always get rooms in the center of the ship, near the promenade due to our motion sickness. the best place for those who experience motion sickness is middle and bottom of the ship - where you feel the least movement (hint....this is why the ice rink is located where it is on all of the rccl fleet). we find, however that being at the bottom or the top doesn't really affect that much for us. hope that helps.
I always try to stick to the most center of decks, I am a total wimp when it comes to motion sickness, I also find the center also quieter. Ok I will tell you my worst experience, it was on the Disney Magic, I was eating at Palo's which is on the top deck over looking the stern. We were in a mild storm and the ship seemed to be swaying more than usual, our waiter said high winds push against the sides of ships and that can make even small storms on higher decks seem worse.