You may be eager to book a cruise now that restrictions are finally easing up.
But before you do – it’s crucial to know that not all cabins are created equal – and where you sleep on the ship could make or break your entire cruise experience.
So if you’re wondering where the worst cabin areas are (so you can avoid them) – we’ve listed a few below you should stay far away from.
Now, if you’re traveling with a group of friends or family and want to open all the adjoining doors for a party atmosphere – this is a good option.
But if you’re looking forward to a romantic cruise or solo getaway, then having strangers next door could get pretty frustrating (and loud) as the doors aren’t very soundproof.
Many travelers report horror stories of hearing things they just didn’t want to hear due to the thin doors separating their rooms.
So spare yourself (and your ears) and forgo the adjoining cabins.
Directly Above Or Below Hotspots (Like Bars)
If you’re the kind of cruiser who likes to go to bed early so you can wake up to catch the sunrise – avoid picking a cabin directly above or below a popular lounge or hotspot.
You are just asking for misery as the loud noises during the late hours of the night will disrupt your peaceful sleep.
Cruise Fever reported:
“Unless you plan on heading to your cabin after 1 a.m. each night for sleep, you should try to avoid cabins that are directly over or below the ship’s clubs and bars. The bass of the subwoofers in the clubs can easily be heard in these staterooms. On my last cruise, I could easily hear the music from the lounge below me until 1 a.m. each night.”
But if you’re a heavy sleeper who can sleep through anything – you might not mind (or notice) the noise.
Be Wary Of Balcony Views
You might think you picked the best spot in the house by getting a balcony – but make sure you check the deck plan to see what you’ll actually be viewing.
A balcony with a view of an unsightly piece of metal equipment or some other eyesore will only frustrate you.
If a peaceful ocean view is a non-negotiable for your stay – definitely make sure you know exactly what your balcony overlooks.
Near The Elevators
Sure, having your room by the elevator is convenient – but it’s also disruptive.
Think about all the drunk guys on a bachelor party cruise stumbling through the halls …
… or the college kids pushing all the elevator buttons to ‘ding’ each floor because they’re “so cool.”
Trust us, even the constant disruptions of normal people coming and going will get really old, really fast.
So What’s The Best Spot?
Well, it depends.
Some people are simply happy to be on a cruise and couldn’t care less about accommodations – so they’ll settle for the cheapest room.
Others want the “full experience” and aim for the highest balcony cabin with the best (unobstructed) view.
Regardless of your choice or preference, just keep in mind not all cabins are created equal – so choose wisely.
Which cabin area would you avoid on a cruise?
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