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Old August 16th, 2012, 10:29 AM
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Default Aft or Forward cabins

I would like the opinion of the experienced cruisers who post on CM .

Which is a better location ,aft or forward ?
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I prefer an aft cabin.

I like the very back corner if I can get it.
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I've noticed on our past cruises that whenever we've headed aft there's a noticeable vibration. At least on the ships we've been on. In some cases really bad. I'd love to have an aft cabin with balcony but would be afraid to risk it.
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Forward can be noisy when getting into port and dropping the anchor, tying ropes, etc. I like the aft better, especially a balcony on certain ships. Have never had a problem with vibration either. I suppose it can vary from ship to ship..
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I think the best cabins are aft ones overlooking the wake, probably the worst are forward. Of course the most convenient are dead centre.
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I like the aft as far from the elevators as possible.
I can sleep like a log with buzzing and machinery vibrations..
Let someone walk past my door talking and I will wake right up. This is especailly bad for me the first two or 3 nights.

My wife like aft because we have to walk more for everything.
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I find the responces interesting....subjective like anything else....I had a forward on the Magic and felt nothing. I love to be close to an elevator, and, I also loved my aft, & aft corner cabins, never having any vibrations. If someone has any struggle walking distances aft, may not be for them. It's a looong walk.

General consensus over the years is, midship is prime real estate.
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Aft was always our preference when we were younger and smaller ships. Now we prefer to be close to an elevator. Noise has never been a problem near an elevator for a few reasons. We are older and our hearing is not what it was, we do not cruise on shorter itineraries or holidays when younger adults are cruising & partying and we end up in the casino or one of the bars until early morning every evening.
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We had a forward cabin once and it was OK. On all of our other cruises we have booked mid-ship cabins, and that's what we prefer.

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We've always had mid-ship but our TA suggested a forward cabin for a future cruise.
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We've always had mid-ship but our TA suggested a forward cabin for a future cruise.
Curious...what possible reason did they offer for a forward cabin being better than a midship cabin?
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I feel less qualified than others to respond. We sailed in an aft balcony and absolutely loved it. On another cruise we had a starboard balcony next the the corner, only had problems when arriving in port. The captain was fond of using the side thrusters in docking and it shook us on deck 7.
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We've always had mid-ship but our TA suggested a forward cabin for a future cruise.
I can't see why a TA would suggest a forward cabin.

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It's been my experience, over the years that forward cabins are the least deisireable, for various reasons, and, although the one time we sailed in one, as I mentioned, we had no issues with it, but, travel agents usually don't suggest them first, unless that's all that's left in inventory.

Booking far ahead, usually gives you the luxury of getting a cabin where you would happy, booking &setttling for another location as the cruise gets closer, or, if perhaps it's a very popular cruise, that books fast.
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It's been my experience, over the years that forward cabins are the least deisireable, for various reasons, and, although the one time we sailed in one, as I mentioned, we had no issues with it, but, travel agents usually don't suggest them first, unless that's all that's left in inventory.

Booking far ahead, usually gives you the luxury of getting a cabin where you would happy, booking &setttling for another location as the cruise gets closer, or, if perhaps it's a very popular cruise, that books fast.
We booked this cruise 19 months ahead of cruising .I guess we should talk to our TA .
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Just walk around the ship while at sea. You will always notice that the front of the ship has more up and down motion then the rear.

We have had 2 aft cabins and we loved them both times. Never had a front cabin for the reason noted above.
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Because of the dynamics of how a ship moves in water, the most stable part of the ship is as low as you can go and as close to the middle as you can go.

I spent 6 years in the Navy and those ships are made for speed and maneuverability, definitely not for comfort, so they do not have stabilizing devices as those create too much drag.

Cruise ships, especially the newer ones, have stabilizers to help with the movement. The stabilizers on the newest ships are computer controlled and quite an amazing device.

There are basically two types of movement on a ship; rocking and rolling, as I like to call it. The rocking motion is from side to side. Best place to be on a ship to counteract this is as low as you can get. Unfortunately, if you want a balcony or a suite, you're going to be up higher.

The rolling motion is when the ship goes over the waves from front to back or back to front. This type of motion is felt more in the front of the ship than anywhere else. This is the worst place to be if your subject to motion sickness.

The back of the ship will feel less rolling motion, but sometimes can have vibration from the propellers. This vibration will vary by ship and design as many of the newer ships have azipod propellers and these create alot less vibration than the standard type of propellers. On some older ships, the back of the ship can have some fallout from the stacks, but this has disappeared with better designs over the last 15 years.

Now, with all that said, for first time cruisers who don't know how they may handle any motion, it's best to be as close to the middle of the ship as possible. This will find the least amount of motion. If you want an aft cabin because of the view or the larger balcony, that would be the second best option. This is why all restaurants on ships are either in the middle or the back of the ship.

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