2. Cabin Quality Varies
Choosing a cabin can be a mindboggling endeavor, as a ship may have more than 30 different subcategories on offer over 9 or more decks. Many cruisers just go with whatever is allotted to them after they’ve selected a general “inside, outside, balcony or suite” option. However, it pays to do a little research to hone in on the best cabin available at your price-point and category. Be aware that sometimes “upgrades” aren’t always what you want. Get stuck near an elevator, pool deck, promenade, dining room, dance floor, laundry room or the engines and you might be bothered by stomping feet, late-night revelers and mechanical noises. Cabins at the front and back of the ship usually have different layouts than the standard staterooms you might be expecting. If seasickness is a concern, you might prefer a lower mid-ship cabin. Check out websites like cruisedeckplans.com or work with a reputable cruise specialist to get the most convenience, comfort and amenity bang for your cruising bucks.