Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Cruise Lines "A - O" > Norwegian Cruise Line
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Notices

Norwegian Cruise Line
Read thousands of Norwegian Cruise Reviews from real cruisers and compare the best Norwegian Cruise Deals

How to Set Up a Meet & Mingle on Your NCL Cruise

NEW! Find Your NORWEGIAN Roll Call


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old December 16th, 2013, 03:37 AM
Pete69 Pete69 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 76
Default Stern or Bow Cabin

Hi All,

Need some advice, I can either have cabins on deck 8 of NCL Pearl right at the very front or right at the very back (as I require connecting cabins and these are the only ones avilable) Last time i had cabins at the rear there was some vibration. Anyone been on the Pearl and had any issues with these cabins?
Reply With Quote

Ad Sponsored By
  #2  
Old December 16th, 2013, 06:24 AM
Demonyte Demonyte is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Posts: 3,979
Default

Both ends are prone to vibrations when entering/leaving the ports. In the front there are the side propellers that are used when turning the ship at low speeds as well as manouvering it sideways while dockside and in the aft there are of course the Azipods which do cause vibrations when turned to manouver the ship.

However the vibrations are mainly limited to the above mentioned occasions so unless one is a light sleeper, I wouldn't worry about it.
__________________
Electronic letters: demonyte . cc3 (A] mailnull . com

Coming up:
Norwegian Jade - 11 nights Western Mediterranean - March 2015


Past cruises:
Norwegian Jade - 7 nights Eastern Med: Adriatic, Greece & Turkey - May 2014
Norwegian Dawn - 12 nights Caribbean Escape (Tampa-Boston repo) - April 2014
Norwegian Getaway - 7 nights Eastern Caribbean - April 2014
Norwegian Jade - 8 nights Greek Isles and Turkey - July 2013
Norwegian Pearl - 7 nights Western Caribbean - February 2013
Norwegian Epic - 7 nights Eastern Caribbean - February 2013
Norwegian Star - 12 nights Caribbean Escape (Tampa-NYC repo) - April 2012
Norwegian Pearl - 7 nights Western Caribbean (B2B) - February 2011
Norwegian Pearl - 7 nights Eastern Caribbean (B2B) - January 2011
Norwegian Jewel - 5 nights Eastern Caribbean (B2B) - March 2009
Norwegian Jewel - 9 nights Western Caribbean (B2B) - March 2009
Norwegian Jade - 9 nights Canary Islands - January 2009
Reply With Quote

  #3  
Old December 16th, 2013, 11:31 AM
kcwingwalker's Avatar
kcwingwalker kcwingwalker is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,838
Default

Really depends on your personal preference.
__________________
Norwegian Spirit 2007
Norwegian Spirit 2008
Carnival Triumph 2010
Norwegian Spirit 2010
Carnival Fantasy 2012
Norwegian Jewel 2014

Norwegian Breakaway 2015
12-Day Southern Caribbean from New York
Reply With Quote

  #4  
Old December 16th, 2013, 11:35 AM
mizlorinj's Avatar
mizlorinj mizlorinj is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 4,734
Default

You will feel more motion in the bow.

You will feel more vibration in the stern.
__________________
-Lori

Sailing again soon on:
RC Explorer of the Seas - Carnival Splendor - NCL Gem CTN - RC Quantum of the Seas CTN

Past Cruises:
NCL Gem ● NCL Breakaway CTN x 2 ● Carnival Glory ● NCL Breakaway Celebrity Equinox ● NCL Jewel CTN ● NCL Gem ● Carnival GloryDisney Magic CTNCarnival Freedom ● Norwegian Star ● Norwegian Gem ● Carnival Miracle CTNCarnival GloryCaribbean Princess repositioning ● Norwegian Jewel CTN ● Carnival LegendCarnival GloryCelebrity SummitIsland Princess through Panama Canal ● Norwegian Gem CTN ● Carnival Dream CTNCarnival LibertyCarnival Triumph Carnival Miracle ● Norwegian Dawn ● Norwegian Gem CTN ● Emerald PrincessRC Explorer of the SeasCrown PrincessCaribbean PrincessCarnival FantasyCarnival ImaginationCarnival Victory
Reply With Quote

  #5  
Old December 16th, 2013, 12:08 PM
Cubechick's Avatar
Cubechick Cubechick is offline
5,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 6,042
Default

I would note that I have read of complaints of the noise from Bliss from passengers in the suites and balconies on deck 8. Although I generally prefer the stern location, that should be tossed in the pot for consideration.
__________________
Cruises gone by...
NCL Majesty 05/02, NCL Majesty 06/03, NCL Majesty 06/05 ,NCL Majesty 06/06, NCL Spirit 04/07, NCL Majesty 06/07, NCL Majesty 10/07, NCL Gem 01/08 (Mmm.. New Ship Smell), NCL Dream 5/08, NCL Dream 6/08, NCL Dawn 10/08, NCL Gem 01/09 (best cruise yet! ), NCL Pearl 6/09 (WOW!),NCL Spirit 09/09 , NCL Gem 1/10, NCL Epic 6/10...Most Excellent!, Mahalo Pride of America 4/11, NCL Star Panama Canal 10/11, NCL Spirit 2/12, NCL Sky 5/12, NCL Epic Med 10/12, Breakaway One Night from Rotterdam 4/13, Breakaway TA 4/13, NCL Star Norway & Faroe Islands 9/13, NCL Gem Eastern Caribbean 1/14, NCL Jewel...GV to Alaska!

190 days and counting...

Cruise on deck!

NCL Dawn...back to Bermuda!

Travel Blog -->http://cubechick.wordpress.com/

Travel photos -->http://www.flickr.com/photos/39515557@N04/collections/
Reply With Quote

  #6  
Old December 16th, 2013, 01:40 PM
Brighton Line's Avatar
Brighton Line Brighton Line is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Brooklyn NY
Posts: 1,566
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pete69 View Post
Hi All,Need some advice, I can either have cabins on deck 8 of NCL Pearl right at the very front or right at the very back (as I require connecting cabins and these are the only ones avilable) Last time i had cabins at the rear there was some vibration. Anyone been on the Pearl and had any issues with these cabins?
Just back from my 2nd Aft facing suite, I vote for Aft, our friend had a forward facing Owners Suite and the wind was just too much on the forward balcony (though he had a hull balcony on the side) but at the same time (well almost same time I had to walk the length of the ship) my aft facing was protected from the wind and we could enjoy it.
Yes we felt some vibration but with azipods on the Gem not as much as with a screw on the Star.
You also have the light issue on forward balcony's at night as not to interfere with the bridge. Then again on aft we had some small garbage fall from the Great Outdoors on to our Deck 10 balcony but it was not an issue.

Personal choice it comes down too, DW now wants an Owners Suite now that she saw it...

FWIW
__________________
Eastern

Carnival Splendor 7/2014 CA Nope BM (Thanks Arthur)
Norwegian Gem 12/2013 Eastern
Carnival Glory 8/2013 CA
Caribbean Princess 10/2012 BM, Nope Boston (Thanks Sandy)
Norwegian Star 9/2012 BM
Carnival Glory 7/2011 CA
Norwegian Gem 5/2011 CTN
Norwegian Jewel 9/2010 FL/BS
Carnival Imagination 9/2000 Eastern
RCCL Monarch of the Seas 9/1995 Southern
Reply With Quote

  #7  
Old December 16th, 2013, 03:14 PM
Demonyte Demonyte is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Posts: 3,979
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brighton Line View Post
Yes we felt some vibration but with azipods on the Gem not as much as with a screw on the Star.
Star has Azipods too.
__________________
Electronic letters: demonyte . cc3 (A] mailnull . com

Coming up:
Norwegian Jade - 11 nights Western Mediterranean - March 2015


Past cruises:
Norwegian Jade - 7 nights Eastern Med: Adriatic, Greece & Turkey - May 2014
Norwegian Dawn - 12 nights Caribbean Escape (Tampa-Boston repo) - April 2014
Norwegian Getaway - 7 nights Eastern Caribbean - April 2014
Norwegian Jade - 8 nights Greek Isles and Turkey - July 2013
Norwegian Pearl - 7 nights Western Caribbean - February 2013
Norwegian Epic - 7 nights Eastern Caribbean - February 2013
Norwegian Star - 12 nights Caribbean Escape (Tampa-NYC repo) - April 2012
Norwegian Pearl - 7 nights Western Caribbean (B2B) - February 2011
Norwegian Pearl - 7 nights Eastern Caribbean (B2B) - January 2011
Norwegian Jewel - 5 nights Eastern Caribbean (B2B) - March 2009
Norwegian Jewel - 9 nights Western Caribbean (B2B) - March 2009
Norwegian Jade - 9 nights Canary Islands - January 2009
Reply With Quote

  #8  
Old December 16th, 2013, 04:09 PM
VideoTech's Avatar
VideoTech VideoTech is online now
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,918
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brighton Line View Post
Just back from my 2nd Aft facing suite, I vote for Aft, our friend had a forward facing Owners Suite and the wind was just too much on the forward balcony (though he had a hull balcony on the side) but at the same time (well almost same time I had to walk the length of the ship) my aft facing was protected from the wind and we could enjoy it.
Yes we felt some vibration but with azipods on the Gem not as much as with a screw on the Star.
You also have the light issue on forward balcony's at night as not to interfere with the bridge. Then again on aft we had some small garbage fall from the Great Outdoors on to our Deck 10 balcony but it was not an issue.

Personal choice it comes down too, DW now wants an Owners Suite now that she saw it...

FWIW
I don't think the OP is asking about forward or aft suites. They're asking about side cabins that are more forward or more aft, if I read their post correctly.
__________________
NCL Pride of America, 3/15/14 Hawaii (POA review here)
NCL Jewel, 12/29/13 Western Caribbean
NCL Pearl, 8/5/12 Alaska & Glacier Bay
NCL Dawn, 12/4/11 Southern Caribbean
NCL Spirit, 7/17/11 Western Caribbean
NCL Sun, 1/1/11 Eastern Caribbean
NCL Epic, 8/28/10 Western Caribbean
NCL Pearl, 7/25/10 Alaska & Glacier Bay
RCCL Freedom, 3/15/2009 Western Caribbean
Carnival Glory, 11/8/2008 Eastern diverted to Western Caribbean
Carnival Fantasy, 1/13/07 Western Caribbean
Reply With Quote

  #9  
Old December 16th, 2013, 07:21 PM
aajusa aajusa is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Ashland, MO
Posts: 49
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pete69 View Post
Hi All,

Need some advice, I can either have cabins on deck 8 of NCL Pearl right at the very front or right at the very back (as I require connecting cabins and these are the only ones avilable) Last time i had cabins at the rear there was some vibration. Anyone been on the Pearl and had any issues with these cabins?
Be sure to check out what is below the room, the disco may be under the aft room.. they party pretty late into the night. We were on the Pearl last summer and someone our party had an Aft balcony room on 8th floor, they had trouble sleeping due to noise.
We just got off the Sun and had a forward cabin, loved it, but you do feel more motion than in the rear.
__________________
12-01-2013 Norwegian Sun
04-24-2014 Norwegian Spirit


Reply With Quote

  #10  
Old December 16th, 2013, 08:17 PM
luddite luddite is offline
5,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 6,724
Default

You must make a choice.
Do you want to see where you are going or watch where you've been?

A forward facing room will be subjected to the wind added to the ship's forward motion. There was a whiny review some years ago-one the usual 'NCL Sux' nonsensical thingys. The guy's BIG complaint was that his forward facing balcony was too windy to enjoy. We were not allowed to tell him that he was an..... ummm, uhhhhh,........well........ errrrrr......
well anyway, he had insurmountable problems that had nothing to do with cruising.
Reply With Quote

  #11  
Old December 16th, 2013, 10:49 PM
hladygirl's Avatar
hladygirl hladygirl is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: plymouth,ma
Posts: 961
Default

We like the balconys near the back of the ship on deck 10. No sea spray on rougher seas. No loud noise from deck 7 and close to elevators and stairs.
Reply With Quote

  #12  
Old December 17th, 2013, 07:12 AM
Pete69 Pete69 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 76
Default

Thanks everyone for your opinions. We took the stern oceanview cabins - I think I would prefer a little vibration every now and then rather than movement. Hopefully we made the right choice. We took 8620 on the Pearl - so if anyone has been in there let me know!!

Cheers
Reply With Quote

  #13  
Old December 18th, 2013, 01:05 AM
Oldgoat61 Oldgoat61 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Northern Ca.
Posts: 275
Default

We were on the Pearl in Oct of this year, and never felt any vibration (even if there was, it would have been minimal). We were on deck 9, 4th cabin from the back.
If you can, get on a deck that has cabins above, and below you.
__________________
Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks


Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:48 PM.


© 1995 - 2014, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.