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I've posted this before, but I'll do it again for those who are newbies and didn't know it. When you get on a ship, they hand you a map of all the decks. It takes you a little while to realize that some staircases only go up to the 10th floor while others go up to the 12th. Why? you ask..........well the pool on level 11 is in the way! It may take you 2 days to know where you are but that's half the fun of cruising. On Carnival Fascination, we loved the one staircase that had potted plants at the bottom. We knew if we went up that one level we would come out at the pool. Some ships are a little harder to get to know, but once you do, you'll be an expert. Take these maps with you wherever you go on the first 2 days because you can get lost. Sometimes you get turned around and you're not sure if you came up on a staircase towards the front or towards the back of the ship. Good luck!


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Some ships have folding maps, they are about the size of a credit card (but, of course, thicker), you usually have to go to the reception desk and ask for them.


I have never been able to memorize a ships layout and get horribly lost all the time, even with my trusty little map in tow. I just look at it as part of the adventure.


I think I'm doing great if I can figure out fore and aft, then I use the ship models at elevator landings.


Not only does the pool have an impact on the elevator situation, so does the dining room. I've been on ships where I learn I have to go up or down a deck to find the dining room. I have also learned, usually the hard way, which side the cocktail lounge has smoking, so I make sure to walk in the other side.


I'm generally still as lost on night 7 as I am on night 1, even if I've been on the ship before :rolleyes: .

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