Location, Location, Location.
As I prepare for an upcomimg family cruise vacation soon, I look back as to what lead me to choose the location of our cabins. Location is important in business, real estate and even on cruise ships. How can you make sure that you pick the best location in your chosen stateroom category? A good answer for this question is to view the ship’s deck plans in the cruise line brochure or on the web. While the plans are often not exactly to scale and cabin size is not always in proportion to the drawings there are a few things that are very helpful.
First, when a client and I locate their recommended cabin on the deck plan, we then look up, down, left, right, and forward of the cabin. What’s there? And knowing what to look for can help you avoid a less-than-ideal stateroom.
Ok, so here’s the short list when I help a client select a cabin:
Look for elevators and staircase exits near your stateroom. (Some people love to be close to everything so this might be a positive feature but with activity comes noise)
Look up. Oops! A basketball court, jogging track or day pantry might result in the wakeup call you did not ask for. I prefer to have passenger decks above and below a cabin.
Look down. Is the bandstand for one of the show lounges right below your room? Even with good sound proofing there is a chance for ambient noise.
Look across the hall. Is there a room service pantry shown or other service area. A potentially busy area to avoid.
Look right and left. If you are at the end of a hallway, make sure that the disco or other high energy lounge is not adjacent. Avoid hallways that lead to these lounges unless you are a night owl. Late night revelers sometimes carry on with the partying outside your door.
The good news is that modern cruise ships have been designed with passenger comfort in mind and the architects strive to develop a deck plan that confines public rooms and lounges to areas far from the staterooms.
A little advance review of the deck plans and the advice of a good cruise specialist can help deliver an extra measure of peace and quiet in your stateroom.
Having a great stateroom is one of the key components of a great cruise vacation!
What type of cruise cabin location do you prefer?