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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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I always try to book between stateroom decks - never under or over the pool, spa, restaurants, bars, theater, etc.

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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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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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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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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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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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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:

 

https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/

 

 

 

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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 Casino...music 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

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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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No...it 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.

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i book as close to the action (theatres, pools...) as possible. Never a noise issue.

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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.

Look at the deck plan , you don't want to be below the pools or buffet or MDR's.

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I prefer as midship as possible and in between decks of cabins. Personally, I don’t see much benefit to just being on a higher deck. An extended balcony is great, but not if it puts me in a bad location.

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The best location I have ever had on a cruise was the lido deck on my last cruise. It was very convenient to the pool area and buffet. I felt like I hit the cabin location jackpot with that room.

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Thanks, I have always like the fact that The dining room was so close, and I could easily walk up to my room when returning from port. But I have always hated going all the way up for the buffet and pool. How can you tell if you have a ro0m the you can easily walk out to the pool from?

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Lido is my favorite deck, since we spend most of our time out there. If Lido is unavailable, I look for a cabin with other cabins above & below. I've not noticed any difference in motion from deck to deck.

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How can you tell if you have a ro0m the you can easily walk out to the pool from?

 

Look at the ships deck plan. If you have your cabin number then you can easily see where your cabin is located and any nearby amenities.

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Another way to look at the deck question is to notice that the upper cabins go up in price. If they did not sell, I am quite sure Carnival would make all prices the same regardless of level or even drop the price if necessary..

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No...it 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.

Wow. That's, like, your opinion, man.

 

If the seas are calm, I agree, the fore/mid/aft and deck locations probably don't matter too much. It feels like you are in a giant hotel complex.

 

But on my recent cruise on Liberty (just got back yesterday), location heavily mattered - swells in the 20 to 25 ft range for two full nights. Unfortunately for my Mom, I had booked us cabins at the aft of deck 7. She would have been far happier in a mid-ship cabin on Deck 1 or 2, because of the rough seas.

 

When it was "bouncy", shall we say, if you were far aft on an upper deck the motion was quite severe, and most passengers cleared out of those areas quickly, gathering in the Lobby area (midship) on Deck 3. The Lido deck pool areas were deserted by 9pm both nights we had rough seas - they closed at least one pool, possibly both, because the water was sloshing so violently.

 

So location does matter if one is sensitive to motion and prone to sea seasickness.

 

My wife and I were OK - I used sea bands just in case, and wife took Bonine, also just in case. We used both on Mom, and maybe they reduced symptoms, but they weren't completely nullified.

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We always love the Lido deck but recently have been liking at balconies. I guess what the original poster needs to do is ask themselves what they like the most on a cruise and what they'll be doing all cruise and position themselves accordingly. For instance we love the spa passes and always get them so this cruise we booked close to the spa area forward. If one spends time at the pool or bars they book lido close to the action .Deck plans are our friend

 

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No...it 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.

 

 

 

I can speak from experience that there is a big difference in the motion felt based on where you are in the ship. Maybe those that aren’t affected by motion sickness don’t notice it, but many people do notice it. Being far forward or aft seems to be more noticeable than the deck level, but for me, I still notice the movement more on the higher decks than the lower decks. If seas are smooth, there is no noticeable difference. When seas get rough, it can be a huge difference for many people.

 

http://traveltips.usatoday.com/location-cruise-ship-seasickness-109329.html

 

 

 

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Wow. That's, like, your opinion, man.

 

If the seas are calm, I agree, the fore/mid/aft and deck locations probably don't matter too much. It feels like you are in a giant hotel complex.

 

But on my recent cruise on Liberty (just got back yesterday), location heavily mattered - swells in the 20 to 25 ft range for two full nights. Unfortunately for my Mom, I had booked us cabins at the aft of deck 7. She would have been far happier in a mid-ship cabin on Deck 1 or 2, because of the rough seas.

 

When it was "bouncy", shall we say, if you were far aft on an upper deck the motion was quite severe, and most passengers cleared out of those areas quickly, gathering in the Lobby area (midship) on Deck 3. The Lido deck pool areas were deserted by 9pm both nights we had rough seas - they closed at least one pool, possibly both, because the water was sloshing so violently.

 

So location does matter if one is sensitive to motion and prone to sea seasickness.

 

My wife and I were OK - I used sea bands just in case, and wife took Bonine, also just in case. We used both on Mom, and maybe they reduced symptoms, but they weren't completely nullified.

 

My wife is as prone to motion sickness as any person alive. When the ship is rocking there is no location that offers enough of an improvement to make things better. You have been told mid ship low is the best so that is everyone's 'safe space' because they want to convince them self it is better, perfect example of confirmation bias.

 

When a ship is rocking not just up and down but many times side to side the entire ship is moving.

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I haven't read all your postings, but someone ask a question, and maybe someone answered it, and I didn't see it.

 

Yes, I have cruised over 25 years, and I have never been on a ship, where there was not "3" step areas, as well as elevators too. Generally there is one in the middle, and on both ends.

 

I have been on different decks, and I think it is nice if the area you are wanting to be close to, is either below or above you. We are to be on Deck 6, and Deck 5 has food, and other things that we will be needing as well.

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My wife is as prone to motion sickness as any person alive. When the ship is rocking there is no location that offers enough of an improvement to make things better. You have been told mid ship low is the best so that is everyone's 'safe space' because they want to convince them self it is better, perfect example of confirmation bias.

 

When a ship is rocking not just up and down but many times side to side the entire ship is moving.

Or it is a perfect example of people figuring out stuff either without knowing why, or looking at the physics:

 

The closer to the center of mass, the less absolute movement you will feel. Center of mass for a ship is likely to be lower decks, due to the propulsion system and other major ship systems - these ships are not top heavy.

 

Yes, some angular motion (rotation) is still going to happen, but trust me, my Mom didn't know/care why she should feel better when we moved down and mid-ship (and away from the sides, more centerlined), she just felt better. And I could feel less absolute motion. So in her case, the re-location did improve the situation enough for her to stop feeling queasy, instead just "uncomfortable". Sorry that's not true of your wife, apparently.

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Lower decks feel less motion and if you take the stairs it helps with weight management :)

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Love the stairs advice. We try to use them as much as possible since we know we will eat lots of dessert throughout the week!

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