Explorer of the Seas, Promenade Stateroom, What deck?
We just booked our first cruise in over 20 years. I think things have changed since then and we are just trying to catch up.
We booked a cabin on the Explorer of the Seas. One of the Promenade Staterooms. And we moved our room three times so far. From deck 8 to deck 7 and now we are on deck 6. What are the advantages of one vs the other? I see deck 8 books up first, followed by deck 7. Lots of cabins left on deck 6. Did we make a mistake. There is only one cabin left of deck 8, so if we want to switch back, we have to do it fast.
I think the advantage of being on an upper deck is that you are closer to the pool deck, Windjammer, etc. I usually just take the stairs up a few decks, so its much easier to be higher. You will notice, you'll spend a decent amount of time there.
Thank you! We switched because we felt when looking out the window, we would get a better, close up view of the action in the mall. On deck 8, we thought we would be looking down too much and only seeing peoples heads.
Keep in mind Captain that the windows in the Promenade Cabins are not one directional. If your curtains are open, everyone on the Royal Promenade along with the cabin directly across the hall from you can see straight into your cabin. Most people who get these cabins end up keeping their shades drawn for 90% of the cruise for this reason.
I would also have suggested deck 8 first, mainly for the views down and privacy, but maybe a cabin on deck 7 is a better compromise between view, privacy and to feel a bit of the action below. On deck 6 I think you will get less privacy.
You can get a feeling of how high up it is and what you will be able to see by looking at these pictures from a cabin 3 decks above the promenade (equal to deck 8 on Explorer), but from a totally different ship. It's from the ferry between Sweden and Finland that started the "trend" with indoor promenades in the early 90's.
We have 2 balcony cabins and one Promenade cabin booked for next summer on FOS. We booked deck 6 because of the Promenade cabin. We wanted to be able to have a nice view and some of the other decks put you up too high, in our opinion. We would like to have been over the Cafe Promenade but we are toward Sorrentos, I think. We are looking forward to it. What cabin did you book?