What’s the best cabin location on the ship? I get asked this a lot. How can you make sure you pick the best location in your chosen stateroom category? The truth is, it depends on your likes and needs.
One of the best ways to find the right cabin for you is to view the ship’s deck plans in the cruise line brochure or website. While the plans may not be exatly to scale and cabin size is not always in proportion to the drawings, there are a few things to keep in mind. Knowing the surroundings will help you avoid a less-than-ideal stateroom.
Here are the top 5 things to look for in cabin selection:
1) Look for elevators and staircases: Some people want to be close to the elevators and staircases. However, with the convenience of elevators and stairs comes a higher volume of traffic and possibly more noise. What is more important to you?
2) Look up: What’s above your cabin? A basketball court, jogging track, the kid zone. If you have children, having the kids’ zone above you, might not be a bad idea. However, if you are a honeymoon couple, this might not be the best location for you.
3) Look Down: Is the bandstand for one of the show lounges right below your room? Even with good sound proofing there is a chance for ambient noise.
4) Look across the hall: Is there a room service pantry shown or other service area. If so, this might be an area you want to avoid.
5) Look right and left: If you are at the end of a hallway, make sure the disco or other high-energy lounge is not adjacent. Unless you are a night owl, you’ll want to avoid hallways that lead to these lounges. Late night revelers can carry on with the partying outside your door. If you are an early-to-bed person, you might want to choose another location.
Today’s modern cruise ships have been designed with passenger comfort in mind. Architects strive to develop deck plans that confine public rooms and lounges to areas far from the staterooms. Advance review of the deck plans and advice from a good cruise specialist can help deliver an extra measure of peace and quiet in your stateroom.