Did I Choose The Right Cruise Room? By Bill Harbin Jr.
The question of how much to spend on a cruise and what you like best is answered by the stateroom chosen. Cruise ships have changed greatly from the old days. My first cruise back in the 80’s had the toilet inside the shower. The porthole was a tiny round spot. Getting to my cabin seemed like an obstacle course. Today’s ships are way different with upscale choices and a range of prices.
Pick Location by Addiction
I am addicted to coffee and cannot function properly with out this fix. For that reason I must have a stateroom close to the casual restaurant. By looking at deck plans I will make sure my room is on that coffee side of the ship and only one flight of stairs away. A touch of claustrophobia is in my brain, so an interior room is out of the question. If the price of a balcony is not much more than the ocean view, I will live that luxury life.
When we booked a family trip recently the room for our teenagers was the opposite choice. Since they stayed up all night partying and were only in their room to sleep, an interior room with no window for light made late morning sleep delightful. It was on a lower deck close to the formal restaurant where we would meet for dinner. This location made them a little less late when meeting us, or when catching excursions at lower levels.
Price, Accessible Rooms, and Motion of the Ocean
Booking the interior room for the guys saved us money. The lowest price staterooms are on a lower deck with bunk beds. It was a perfect choice for them. If they had been young children we would have booked adjoining rooms. Most ships have about 30 accessible rooms if my brother-in-law had come in his wheel chair. The accessible price is not extra but I would have booked early for availability.
Nobody in our family suffers from motion sickness. If they had we would have booked a room in the center of the ship at a low level. Much like a see-saw, that center pivot has the least motion. Staying away from the back of the ship on a lower level also is usually quieter because it avoids engine and propeller noise.
Select and Enjoy
Your lucky number for a cabin can be chosen if you use a travel agent or an online booking engine that allows this. I like to be close to the stairs and elevator but not the first room in that hallway to avoid noise. Some cruises even have spa rooms close to the exercise/spa area. Although I am health conscious, that is a bit much for me on vacation.
No maps are needed on a cruise. However, look at a plan of your ship before booking. Where you like to navigate to most often on board may be where you want your room. Then again, you may never want to leave your balcony or deluxe suite. That is the great thing about a cruise. Select a room then lock your wallet in the safe and enjoy life.