P&O ship with best noise insulation between cabins

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#1
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My wife and I have just had our first cruise and it was aboard Arcadia to Norway. We thoroughly enjoyed it and are considering breaking into the piggy bank for the next cruise. Now when our balcony door was upon we sometimes heard chatter on other balconies (as expected and as seems reasonable). When our balcony door was closed, we heard nothing from other cabins - though the air conditioning was so loud this may have masked things. However, some of the people we chatted to were disturbed with noise from neighbours.
I'm aware that in booking another cruise I should seek to avoid being above or below public areas, away from known service areas, and I know that there is a degree of pot-luck with neighbours, but clearly some ships are better insulated for noise than others.
My question is: Can anyone please tell me which of the P&O vessels have the best noise insulation? Or the worst?
Thank you for any feedback you can give!
#2
West Yorkshire UK
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We have sailed Arcadia, Azura, Britannia and Ventura and the sound proofing between the cabins is about the same, and we seldom hear anything. There is in fact more noise through the cabin door, but even though our accessible cabins are always near the lifts even this does not cause too much of a problem.
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#3
Milton Keynes, UK
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You've picked the main things to avoid. There is one other thing you can do though and that is to avoid cabins that have connecting doors to adjacent cabins. These are shown on the ships plans but you do need a magnifying glass. I had one of these cabins on a Celebrity ship and you could hear next door more easily than in one without it.
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#4
Cornwall, UK
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We had an interconnecting cabin on our recent QM2 voyage and could hear every word spoken by our neighbours, unfortunately this was an Early Saver so we didn't have a choice of cabin....but if you have a choice AVOID these cabins!!!
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On Oceana and Ventura I could hear the TV from my sons cabin next door, no problem as I could ask them to turn it down. Didn't hear anything from them next door when we were on Aurora. You are certainly going to have quieter neighboring cabins if there is only 2 people in the cabin, i.e. not say a family of four, so pick a cabin without bunk beds. We have had cabins near service areas and haven't experienced any problems and in fact they may have been quieter with less footfall from guests.
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Solihull
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We've never had noise on any ship except Ventura. It had a crew service door near to it (on the deck plan it looks like a grey dead-end corridor I think the cabin was C752 but I will try to check). Basically the door opening and closing when the crew came on shift and shouting across to each other was very noisy and woke up up every morning. Hope this helps on the list of things to avoid.


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#7
hampshire england
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We've never heard noises from an adjoining cabin apart from when we had one where our bathroom backed on to the next door's bathroom so we could hear when they flushed their loo but we were never bothered with it, day or night.
#8
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Joined Aug 2017
Thank you all for taking the time to reply and for improving my education with your own knowledge and experience.
It may interest you to know that I emailed P&O Customer Services a few days ago. I received their reply today, the core of which was 'All of our ships are built to the same specification in terms of noise insulation'.

Thanks and Regards!
#9
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Joined Aug 2017
Originally posted by terrierjohn
We have sailed Arcadia, Azura, Britannia and Ventura and the sound proofing between the cabins is about the same, and we seldom hear anything. There is in fact more noise through the cabin door, but even though our accessible cabins are always near the lifts even this does not cause too much of a problem.
Thanks terrierjohn. I feel reassured.
#10
Off the Map
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Joined Dec 2010
IMHO Aurora doesn’t have very good sound insulation between cabins, you can hear every drawer open and close in the cabin next door along with the Tv.
#11
Scotland
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Joined Aug 2012
I would tend to avoid cabins near the laundry as there is more footfall and voices, but it would only be a minor issue.

We haven't noticed any difference across the fleet, the cabins we have had have all been fairly well sound proofed and any very occasional excess noise has had more to do with neighbours that design. (We had one lot that had very loud domestics virtually every day and used some choice language, then you saw this sweet and polite older couple in the corridor - insulation stops normal conversation but not raised voices)
#12
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My experience has been different to most people, in that we have found the sound insulation between cabins to be quite poor on all 6 of the P&O ships we have been on. I have always been able to hear our neighbours TV, drawers closing, toilets flushing and even conversation (albeit mostly a muffled noise rather than hearing every word, but some people have loud voices that do carry and you can hear what they are saying in adjoining cabins). Two cruises ago, we were woken abruptly most mornings by one of our neighbours who had a sneezing fit every morning, yet made no attempt to suppress the noise! Here are some tips for being a good cruise neighbour;

1) Don't allow your cabin door to slam shut. It sounds like a rifle shot to your neighbours and there is no need. Although you can't pull the handle down when closing it, a firm tug engages the lock - queitly.
2) Be aware that the pre-set volume on TV's is usually way too loud, so turn it down when the info screen appears and before you select a channel. Why P&O doesn't fix this I've no idea. And when watching TV (or playing music) please keep in mind that it could be irritating for your neighbours unless at a fairly low volume.
3) Don't talk at full volume as you can be heard! We found it very funny on Aurora when our neighbours had regular heated discussions, especially when she called him a 'selfish pig'!
4) Also, when walking back to your cabin at night, keep corridor conversations to hushed tones. We have often been disturbed by sudden loud conversation or laughter outside our cabin. Nice to see that people are enjoying themselves, but irritating if you have just dozed off.
5) Don't slam drawers - it creates a real thud on the wall for your neighbour.
6) Avoid moving balcony furniture early morning or late at night as the noise will disturb those above, below and to both sides of you.

OK, so I am being a tiny bit tongue in cheek, but all of the above are true and we adhere to them out of consideration to our fellow cruisers. Sadly, many of our neighbours are often less considerate!
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#13
Solihull
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Joined Sep 2013
Originally posted by Eglesbrech
I would tend to avoid cabins near the laundry as there is more footfall and voices, but it would only be a minor issue.



We haven't noticed any difference across the fleet, the cabins we have had have all been fairly well sound proofed and any very occasional excess noise has had more to do with neighbours that design. (We had one lot that had very loud domestics virtually every day and used some choice language, then you saw this sweet and polite older couple in the corridor - insulation stops normal conversation but not raised voices)


Laundry - completely agree!


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#14
Solihull
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Joined Sep 2013
Originally posted by Selbourne
My experience has been different to most people, in that we have found the sound insulation between cabins to be quite poor on all 6 of the P&O ships we have been on. I have always been able to hear our neighbours TV, drawers closing, toilets flushing and even conversation (albeit mostly a muffled noise rather than hearing every word, but some people have loud voices that do carry and you can hear what they are saying in adjoining cabins). Two cruises ago, we were woken abruptly most mornings by one of our neighbours who had a sneezing fit every morning, yet made no attempt to suppress the noise! Here are some tips for being a good cruise neighbour;

1) Don't allow your cabin door to slam shut. It sounds like a rifle shot to your neighbours and there is no need. Although you can't pull the handle down when closing it, a firm tug engages the lock - queitly.
2) Be aware that the pre-set volume on TV's is usually way too loud, so turn it down when the info screen appears and before you select a channel. Why P&O doesn't fix this I've no idea. And when watching TV (or playing music) please keep in mind that it could be irritating for your neighbours unless at a fairly low volume.
3) Don't talk at full volume as you can be heard! We found it very funny on Aurora when our neighbours had regular heated discussions, especially when she called him a 'selfish pig'!
4) Also, when walking back to your cabin at night, keep corridor conversations to hushed tones. We have often been disturbed by sudden loud conversation or laughter outside our cabin. Nice to see that people are enjoying themselves, but irritating if you have just dozed off.
5) Don't slam drawers - it creates a real thud on the wall for your neighbour.
6) Avoid moving balcony furniture early morning or late at night as the noise will disturb those above, below and to both sides of you.

OK, so I am being a tiny bit tongue in cheek, but all of the above are true and we adhere to them out of consideration to our fellow cruisers. Sadly, many of our neighbours are often less considerate!


If ever we all go on a cruise critic meet cruise (boxing gloves packed) baggie I go next door to Selbourne! I wear earplugs on some cruises and my husband sleeps on his 'good' ear (although he appears to have selective deafness in both).


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#15
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Joined Aug 2017
Well, thanks for all the guidance. I will take it all on board and all onboard. Ahem. I'll try to avoid the pitfalls but go armed for defence e.g. headphones, earplugs etc. And I can always put a pillow over my ears... Come to think of it, my wife regularly helps me with practice for this as I often wake up to find she's pressing a pillow over my head.
Thanks again.