Riviera deck pros/cons

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#1
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OK we are scheduled to go on the Nov 8th cruise. I understand we will be on the Riviera deck. SO can someone tell me the pros/cons to this deck? I am wondering if I should try and upgrade to another deck. Thanks
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#2
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We try stay on the Riviera deck unless we get an upgrade.
The lower the better the more stable the ride.
Only people on this deck are the ones who have cabins here.
Most stairwells end here so it is easy to find the deck. When we are higher up we keep on going past our deck.
Closer to the disembarkation area in port.

Check the deck plan and see what is above your cabin. The galley can get noisy.
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I've been on the Riviera deck more than once. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it. Usually I do balconies, but when I have an OV, I prefer Riviera over Main.

It's quiet on Riviera, unless you happen to have noisy neighbors. There are no clubs on the deck above you. And I've never heard anything from the crew deck below.

I don't know if you have OV or IS, but they are basically all the same. No reason, IMO, to pay more for a higher deck.
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I love the Riviera deck so I can sit up in the window and watch the world go by. Feels like I['m sitting on the water. The only downfall was walking up the stairs for the Muster Drill....I'm very out of shape!
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I just booked yesterday in the basement midship, was offered higher under a club (higher is not always better)
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Riviera is fine with my family. In fact, on SOME ships, depending on the deck plans, it's just one deck below the dining areas. Check your ship's deck plans on the Carnival website. It varies greatly, depending on the ship class.
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I am a fan of Riviera deck also! Less motion down low. As pcvtmom said, you are only 1 or 2 decks down from public areas like dining room, showroom, casino, shops, and bars if sailing on a Spirit class ship, which are my favorite class.
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I have booked a Riviera deck twice now. I like that nothing noisy is above me and the ride is smooth. This time, I also booked the cabin across from a closet type area. No neighbors across the hall. I don't mind a little noise, but I don't want to be near the anchor, azipod, or under the galley.
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Well, this thread is making me feel better.
I got a great rate on the Miracle...for Riviera deck, mid-ship (prime importance).
Promenade is right above us, so I was concerned about noise. But our cabin appears to be directly under the casino, so, unless someone hits "The Jackpot", disturbances should be minimal.
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Iv only been on Riveria deck once. The con is if there are large waves hitting your window, the sea salt will be on them for the rest of the cruise, interferring with your view.
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My adult son is coming with us on this cruise and he booked a gty, he was assigned cabin 1263 aft on Riviera deck. He is next to the galley and across from a dance club. Does anyone happen to know how noisy this will be? He tends to stay up very late and sleep in so I am just wondering about the galley noise in the morning.
Thanks for any input.

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We are going to be on the conquest. I don't mind stairs but my asthma does at times. So the drill may be a problem if we have to go to far up and I am having a problem that day. Can you not use the elevators during the muster drill? I can't remember to be honest and plus we were always on a higher deck.
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In October they had the elevators blocked so you couldn't use them during the drill.
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Originally posted by tbrown
We are going to be on the conquest. I don't mind stairs but my asthma does at times. So the drill may be a problem if we have to go to far up and I am having a problem that day. Can you not use the elevators during the muster drill? I can't remember to be honest and plus we were always on a higher deck.
The map on your cabin door will tell you where your muster station is. Just be in the general vicinity (using the elevator) before the drill so you don't have to take the stairs.

When the drill's over, just take your time on the same deck and wait for the elevators to be turned on again.
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#16
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been on Riviera deck on Miracle.(midship)...great room--quiet and convenient--would not hesitate to book it again...
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Originally posted by jaja
been on Riviera deck on Miracle.(midship)...great room--quiet and convenient--would not hesitate to book it again...
Same here.....cabin 1230 to be exact. Loved it! Mid-ship Riviera is my preferred location. Next cruise I'm trying a Balcony cabin for the first time, so I'll get to see how I like being higher up on the ship.
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We recently returned from the Legend where we had a forward cabin on the Riveria deck. It was right under Satchmo's Lounge and the noise was terrible. The music went on until 1:00am. Even earplugs and sleeping pills didn't help that much. I'm sure it depends on the ship and it's floor plan, so pay attention to what's on the deck above.
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I just booked Rivera deck on Paradise. I wanted to save some money so I got a 6A. Rivera aft. I agree it makes no sense to pay more for the same room. ( But I have and, will pay more for a suite.)

I agree with KenMo you can always go to the muster station early. I did not need to by on my last cruise my mobility impared uncle did.

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Originally posted by tonit964
My adult son is coming with us on this cruise and he booked a gty, he was assigned cabin 1263 aft on Riviera deck. He is next to the galley and across from a dance club. Does anyone happen to know how noisy this will be? He tends to stay up very late and sleep in so I am just wondering about the galley noise in the morning.
Thanks for any input.

Toni
Across from a dance club? As far as I know, none of the clubs on any of Carnival's ships are located on the Riviera deck. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty confident in my answer.
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