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I have always been on deck 2, but I'm looking at booking and I see some cabins in my price range on level 4,6,8 and 9. I was wonder where can I find the pros and cons of being on each level? This is for an interior or ocean view.
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We mostly book on deck 1 or 2, midship. If we have the choice to get another deck, I would choose 8 because it’s right below lido deck where all the activities are. Or deck 6 which is right above promenade . You do want to be careful about being close to casino, above or below, above because of the smoke and below because of the noise late at night. Same thing with nightclub and below decks like the pool. Deck 9 would be ideal if you are not below outside decks because you can walk right out into activities. The bad thing is if you are an early sleeper and not really into the deck parties and movies or if you liked to relax in your cabin during the day. We have stayed on other decks but mostly 1 or 2 because of the quiet. Another good thing about being on the lower decks is the movement is minimal especially if mid ship and when you get on from ports, you can walk right up the stairs. Also the dining rooms are just one floor up too. We mostly book ocean view rooms too.

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Depends on which ship you’re looking at. We were offered an upsell to a spa deck cabin on the Liberty and it was a fantastic cabin. One deck down to the pool and the Lido buffet. I think we’d do that again given the opportunity. Typically we book cabins on deck 6 or 7 in order to have cabins above and below us.

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the higher on the ship, the more motion you feel.
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For me, I'm more concerned about being in the middle, close to stairs and elevators. Everything is stacked, so to me I don't really care what deck. If there is a certain room I want it might make a difference.
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Originally posted by Savmom9801
I always try to book between stateroom decks - never under or over the pool, spa, restaurants, bars, theater, etc.
Totally agree!

Also not too close to elevators or atriums as the sound can reverberate down the hall
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Lido deck- always !!

I detest waiting for the elevators.
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We prefer Lido deck as well. convenient to the pool areas, buffet and bars and usually have cabins above and below us. A plus for us too is that we enjoy feeling the ships motion, especially when it's time to sleep.
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Originally posted by kona_wahine
For me, I'm more concerned about being in the middle, close to stairs and elevators. Everything is stacked, so to me I don't really care what deck. If there is a certain room I want it might make a difference.
Don't most ships have three sets of stairs and elevators, toward the bow, the stern, and midships?
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We prefer aft balconies. The only movement you feel is slight side to side, not up and down. Cruising on a deck 2 aft balcony in july.
The vibrations on port morning from the thrusters just vibrate the room for 30 seconds to 2 min.

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Originally posted by torcruise
I have always been on deck 2, but I'm looking at booking and I see some cabins in my price range on level 4,6,8 and 9. I was wonder where can I find the pros and cons of being on each level? This is for an interior or ocean view.

We always try and book between cabin decks to reduce the chance of noise above or below us. We actually prefer a lower deck mid-ship for less motion. It also is usually only 1-2 decks up to get to the dining room, theater, etc. and 1-2 decks down to get off the ship in ports. We also use the stairs most of the time, so elevator waits are not an issue for us.

I use this site to see the pros and cons of a specific cabin:

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We just had a room on Breeze...INTERIOR on Deck 7. Didn't hear a thing. Quiet day and night.

A few years ago had a room on Glory....INTERIOR on Deck 6, right over vibrated our room every freakin' night. First couple of nights it woke us up (we go to bed 10-11 every night depending on excursions). Well, after that we were so pooped from excursions we never heard the music after we got in bed each night.

Twice we have had Balcony rooms on Deck 6, forward. Can hear the Playlist rehearsals if you take an afternoon nap sometimes. Other than that, didn't hear a thing.

We don't use the elevators usually, prefer to use the stairs. But we have never been able to hear the elevators ding no matter where we were on ship.
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I've stayed on 8 in my last two. I liked it because I could very quickly run to the room and back up top if need be. I hate waiting for the elevators
Not close enough to a port :(
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We always book deck 7 midship. Cabins above and below and midship to lessen any motion. It's not too too high, but high enough to have great views from our balcony. Especially arriving/departing ports or watching for sea life.
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I prefer the lower decks because I am prone to motion sickness and I feel less movement in the lower cabins.
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We just don't feel the movement up front on the lido deck. I'd take a lido balcony for every cruise. Recently we took a lower level, aft cabin window room in a corner. Never again. We shook so much the bathroom door would vibrate so bad I had to use a wash towel to hold. On the sea days when we pushed it hard to make port the entire cabin bounced. After 36 cruises I'll never do that again.

If you wanted an inside cabin I'd take lido, up front for every cruise. We have placed our daughter and her friends across from us in those cabins for lots of cruises with no problems in seasickness.
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Joined Feb 2007 doesn't matter. The perceived motion for sea sickness is the most overblown myth on the web. The amount of time you spend walking is the only difference.