Why is an aft cabin so good?

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Just wondering why these are now becoming prime cabins on ship on the newer boats they are becoming suites & above.
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They have gorgeous views.
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Great views, quiet location, larger balcony and burn more calories for extra desserts

We had one deck 10 on the Mariner and loved it for the 4 of us.
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I agree with the above. Quiet location, less ship movement, great views, and if you're in an area with a lot of suites you will likely get a more experienced stateroom attendant.

EDIT: ...I'll go ahead and post the pic yet again If you can snag 1400 or 1700 on a Freedom Class Ship, this is your morning coffee view...

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It's not, and it was never a big deal until recently.

The noise from the churn is extremely loud, and sometimes there is soot floating around.

And when the ship was really cruising the noise is really bad to the point where you cannot talk to each other.

It is also a long walk from the nearest elevator.

All you see is where you have been.

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For all of the reasons 'heavenlysea' mentions, though I'd call the views mesmerizing...




We never tired of watching the constantly changing wake and loved the quiet location. We never had any soot or noise.
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Originally posted by matj2000
It's not, and it was never a big deal until recently.

The noise from the churn is extremely loud, and sometimes there is soot floating around.

And when the ship was really cruising the noise is really bad to the point where you cannot talk to each other.

It is also a long walk from the nearest elevator.

All you see is where you have been.
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Originally posted by matj2000
It's not, and it was never a big deal until recently.

The noise from the churn is extremely loud, and sometimes there is soot floating around.

And when the ship was really cruising the noise is really bad to the point where you cannot talk to each other.

It is also a long walk from the nearest elevator.

All you see is where you have been.
Exactly which ship were you on, in an aft cabin, where you found the noise so loud that you could not hold a conversation?
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I've been in two aft cabins (Galaxy and EOS). EOS was significantly quieter, to the point where I can't even recall much noise at all.

On Galaxy, the noise and vibration, especially as we left ports, was considerable, though I'm sure I could still have a conversation.


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We love the deck 7 corner afts on Voyager and Freedom class ships!
The balcony is amazing and the view (both back and side) is wonderful. The pic is from Navigator 7388.
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That photo of bus sold me on aft cabin 7688. Wondering if we should change to 7388 as when in Sydney harbour we would be able to see the opera house when in port?? Oh decisions.....

Recently I read that aft cabins have been reclassed and named. On one line they are called sunset balcony cabins with an increased price tag but of course the noise & wake will provide you with a zen like experience.

On another ship they are becoming loft rooms with the $$$$ tag.
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The view the size and for the peace and quiet

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When a corner aft on Radiance was a D2 category..... no noise, no soot, just heaven....

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Aft balconies have nice views and are usually large. They are nice cabins. I have never noticed a soot problem or a real noise problem.

The thing I DO NOT like about any cabin in the back of the ship are the erratic vibrations. The bed sometimes seems to be vibrating, or shaking when trying to sleep.

I now prefer mid ship or slightly forward.

In fact I will select a room in the front before selecting one in the back. The front has a more constant rhythm to the movement rather than an erratic vibration.

The center of the ship is the smoothest ride.
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Originally posted by gcvt
I agree with the above. Quiet location, less ship movement, great views, and if you're in an area with a lot of suites you will likely get a more experienced stateroom attendant.

EDIT: ...I'll go ahead and post the pic yet again If you can snag 1400 or 1700 on a Freedom Class Ship, this is your morning
Not to mention that 1400 and 1700 have the interior space of a JS for the price of a D1!
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Originally posted by NorbertsNiece
When a corner aft on Radiance was a D2 category..... no noise, no soot, just heaven....

Absolutely gorgeous! What itinerary is this exactly?
Thanks for sharing
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Originally posted by NorbertsNiece
When a corner aft on Radiance was a D2 category..... no noise, no soot, just heaven....

Is that 9256? We have 8168 coming up in less than 3 weeks on the Radiance, it's still a D2.
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#18
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Originally posted by matj2000
It's not, and it was never a big deal until recently.

The noise from the churn is extremely loud, and sometimes there is soot floating around.

And when the ship was really cruising the noise is really bad to the point where you cannot talk to each other.

It is also a long walk from the nearest elevator.

All you see is where you have been.
I have to agree. If you're into a large balcony it's the way to go. Otherwise it's a LONG walk to get there and the (maybe remote) possibility of soot on your deck. We prefer a balcony near the elevators (hump). To each their own
#19
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A benefit I haven't seen mentioned yet is lack of foot traffic past your cabin door. We've sailed in an aft a few times (and have one booked for March). We love not hearing people talking in the hall or hearing kids running past our door. Sure...it's a walk but IMHO it's worth it. We have never had soot on our balcony and have never noticed excessive engine noise. We DID make the mistake of booking one once on the deck below a Windjammer that had outside seating (Navigator, maybe?). We heard noise from there and wouldn't book that cabin again.
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Originally posted by Richjoxyz
The thing I DO NOT like about any cabin in the back of the ship are the erratic vibrations. The bed sometimes seems to be vibrating, or shaking when trying to sleep.

I forgot about the vibration & shaking.

Especially when maneuvering at docking.

It was crazy....
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