Choose a cabin on a cruise ship can be tricky. Passengers who enjoy a full night’s sleep may want to avoid some cabins.
On Reddit, a new cruise guest asked veteran cruisers if there were any cabins they should avoid.
One guest said: “I had a room directly above the main showroom and it was noisy. The music wasn’t too bad, kind of background noise.
“But if there was a comedian, you could hear everything. And most of the time it wasn’t family friendly.
“I’ve also been to the disco club and the bass was annoying the first few days. I’ve gotten used to it.”
A room at the ship’s nightclub may not be suitable for passengers who want a full night’s sleep.
On Channel 5’s The Cruise, a Virgin Voyages passenger complained to staff that they couldn’t sleep due to music noise.
It was difficult for the crew of the Scarlet Lady to do anything, as Virgin Voyages is known as a fun party cruise company.
Early-night guests should try to opt for a cabin outside the ship’s party zones.
Passengers may think it would be convenient to have their room next to the boat lifts.
However, this is not always the case as some cruise guests have complained that the noise from the elevators kept them up all night.
One cruise guest said they always stayed with the elevators and had only experienced a problem on one cruise.
They said, “We’ve been to the elevators several times. Only one problem once, summer cruise and groups of teenagers ran through the hallways and elevators all night.”
Another said: “The worst place I’ve ever stayed was by the elevators. I could hear the whooshing sound and ringing all night. I couldn’t sleep well.”
Cruise experts at The Points Guy said: “The areas around elevator benches and stairs on cruise ships can be noisy, as with hotels on land.
“The seriousness of the situation varies from ship to ship and from line to line. Some ships have lift benches set back a bit from the cabin exits.
“On other ships there is little separation between elevators and the nearest cabins. Also, some ships have cabins that are more soundproof than others.”
One passenger said: “The worst place for me was near a service area. Those are the blanks on the deck plans.
“Obviously the crew starts very early and I’m a very light sleeper. I’m not sure what they were doing, but it was pretty loud.”
The crew areas are likely to be in action for most of the night, so passengers may want to avoid choosing a room near the crew.
However, less desirable rooms are likely to be cheaper, so if passengers aren’t too bothered, a room near the nightclub, crew or elevators may be ideal.