Staterooms come in many shapes and sizes, and there are many types, but there are also several factors that should go into choosing a stateroom for your cruise. Whether working with a travel agent or a cruise line passenger specialist, do not be afraid to ask questions or to ask for what you are seeking in a stateroom. Remember, even a fancy suite could lend to a negative experience if it is near a busy venue, or beneath a night club! Here are a few things to consider:
- Ship’s Features: If a passenger has mobility issues, a cabin near an elevator might be a good thing. However, if you do not want to hear the noise of a high traffic area, being close to an elevator or a stairwell may not be a good thing! I like being relatively close to the stairwell that leads up to the buffet area, as people traffic (noises) do not affect my ability to sleep and I enjoy stepping out, hopping a level or two up the stairs, and right to breakfast!
- Physical Location of Stateroom: As mentioned above, be careful about your room’s location. Is it near a club, adjacent to the fitness center, just below a pool or near the Theatre? In addition, rooms at the extreme forward and aft have the potential for more engine/thruster noises and vibrations
- A room that is mid-ship, lower deck may offer more stability for those who may be prone to motion sickness
- Higher rooms (and extreme forward) are more prone to ocean roll and sway
- If you do not enjoy small, closed-in or tight spaces, a room with a window or balcony may be just what you need for a pleasant cruise experience
- If your budget is an issue, it may be easier to tolerate some of the nuisances. Just book the cheapest room you can find!
- Another possibility which often offers a savings is to book a guarantee. You do not immediately receive a stateroom number, but you are guaranteed a room within a particular booking category. You have the potential to be bumped to a higher category, but you are not guaranteed that your location will be one free of potential nuisances.