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Choose A Convenient Location

As with your home or apartment, what matters most on a cruise is location, location, location. And at this point we don't mean whether it's an inside our outside cabin or what level it's on.

What's really important: is it close to the stairs or the elevators? These are your thoroughfares for moving around the ship for your entire cruise.

If you're room isn't close to stairs or an elevator, you're going to have to cover a lot of the same hallway over and over to reach the swimming pool, the casino or any other part of the ship.

Secondly, how convenient is your stateroom to the dining areas? You'll probably spend more time in the restaurants than any other public part of the ship.

You want to be convenient to these areas but never select a cabin directly under them. Too much chance for noise from such busy areas.

On most vessels, dining areas are located at the rear of the ship, where there is less motion from the ocean.

If you have any concerns about seasickness, the aft section to the first half of the midship is where you want your room to be.

Remember, too, the higher a room is on a ship, the more likely it is to rock and roll in high seas.

Ironically, rooms on or near the top decks near the bow are often some of the most expensive. They do have great views but aren't always the most comfortable in rough conditions.

Find Your Room Before Booking

Check out our deck plans for all the major cruise lines. Look for cabins that with the most convenient access in your price range. Try to reserve one from this group.

Knowing specifically what you want in advance can be a good bargaining tool, perhaps even get you an upgrade.

When you make a cruise reservation, you are normally provided a specific cabin number and given 24 hours (sometimes more) to decide before making a deposit.

Once you have the cabin number, use the ship diagram to verify that it's exactly where you expect it to be. Mistakes happen. Don't wait to discover it until you board and the steward leads you to your cabin, at the wrong end of the ship!

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