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Old August 5th, 2011, 07:02 PM
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Default Higher or lower deck better?

We are looking at booking a balcony room on the June 2012 cruise to Norway and Iceland on the RCCL Jewel of the Seas. I was wondering if it is better to be lower in the ship or higher? We were warned that there might be rough seas and would like to minimize the roll of the ship if we can.
We have taken many cruises but never had any trouble with high seas so I'm hoping someone can provide some insight.
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Old August 5th, 2011, 07:18 PM
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I get seasick so we always book the lowest deck of balcony cabins and the middle of the hump if we can get it. I do find in rougher weather the lower, midship cabins seem more stable.

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Old August 5th, 2011, 07:35 PM
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I get seasick so we always book the lowest deck of balcony cabins and the middle of the hump if we can get it. I do find in rougher weather the lower, midship cabins seem more stable.

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Old August 5th, 2011, 07:51 PM
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Exactly the info I was looking for! Thanks!
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Old August 6th, 2011, 12:23 AM
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Lower deck is always less motion for rolling (side to side), mid-ship for pitching (front to back). Think of two upside down pendulums - one swinging down the length of the ship and one across the middle. The anchor of both is the bottom of the ship's hull (with the one swinging the length anchored in the dead center of the bottom of ship) - the further you are away from the anchor point the more accentuated the motion is, just like a pendulum - the further away the larger the arc the bigger the motion.

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I know about the physics and lower deck midship being the best for less motion. Well my experience tells me (and I know itīs likely a personal thing) midship as high up as possible is best. Iīve been on a couple cruises with really bad weather - think North Atlantic with fall storms and up to 40 ft. waves.

I donīt get seasick and even in that conditions I didnīt get really seasick, but there is this slight feeling of being more or less comfortable in different places. I felt much more comfortable high up than lower towards the waterline.
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I know about the physics and lower deck midship being the best for less motion. Well my experience tells me (and I know itīs likely a personal thing) midship as high up as possible is best. Iīve been on a couple cruises with really bad weather - think North Atlantic with fall storms and up to 40 ft. waves.

I donīt get seasick and even in that conditions I didnīt get really seasick, but there is this slight feeling of being more or less comfortable in different places. I felt much more comfortable high up than lower towards the waterline.
That may be true for someone who doesn't get sea sick but it doesn't work for those of us that do..............

People tend to worry about cabin location & forget that they're spending a lot of time out & about. Having the right cabin location is important but you can still have trouble when you're out & about.

OP you may also want to be watchful of the areas of the ship that have no windows like the casino & theater. After trying a lot of remedies, I do pretty well now but when seas are rough, I stay away from any venue that is completely enclosed. (even the elevators!)
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That may be true for someone who doesn't get sea sick but it doesn't work for those of us that do..............

People tend to worry about cabin location & forget that they're spending a lot of time out & about. Having the right cabin location is important but you can still have trouble when you're out & about.

OP you may also want to be watchful of the areas of the ship that have no windows like the casino & theater. After trying a lot of remedies, I do pretty well now but when seas are rough, I stay away from any venue that is completely enclosed. (even the elevators!)
When it's rough I take to my bed. For me personally, I am less likely to get sick if I'm laying in bed reading or keeping my mind occupied in some way. If I'm standing up or sitting somewhere I tend to get sick pretty easily. Luckily I've only had one cruise where it was a problem.
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