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It all has to do with the tradition of cruising, in the form of "higher is better and more expensive". During the "good old days" of cruising, the pools, restaurants, spas, gyms, shops, theaters, etc., were on the top decks of the ships, and these more expensive cabins were much closer to them. IMO, the less motion is felt in the lower, mid-ship cabins.Maybe on some ships. But look at the Norway. The original layout had the suites midship and on lower decks. The pool was not on deck but down below, where NCL put in the Disco.