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Old November 19th, 2015, 08:39 AM
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looking for a honest review of the ship. is it clean? noise inside staterooms from surrounding rooms? we are looking to get a room on the 15th deck under pool… noise from above (sliding pool loungers etc)? comments along those lines. and any tips! thanks in advance!!!
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We sailed her about one year ago. Everything was clean, she is a very new ship. We didn't have any noise problems, I think we were on a lower deck. I try to avoid the deck below the Lido and the one right above the public areas, though don't have any direct experience on either deck.

Highlights of the ship for us were the fountain shows, the pizzeria and the wine dinner.
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I would never suggest getting a cabin directly below the Lido Deck - been there done that and never want to do it again! It's a wooden floor (or hard floor) above you and you'll hear alot of people walking, dropping things, dragging chairs, etc. It's better to be 2 decks below the Lido Deck or two deck above the Promenade Deck.

And try not to get a cabin too close to the elevator as people tend to talk loud around those areas.

Your agent can help find you a good location with minimal chance of noise. (Don't book through the cruise line as they don't care where you'll be.)

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thanks all! Booked last night! Deck 14 mid forward closer to mid.

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This question is directed to Pete from StoryBookCruises.

Pete, I have booked the family suite on Emerald Princess. There are only two per ship and they book quickly. We did price other cabins since we will have two adults and two teens. The family suite was $600 more. My question for you is; the family suite looks to be directly behind the bridge all the way forward on the ship. It looks to have large balcony. Have you ever stayed in a cabin this far forward? and If so, I assume there will be more motion from the ship than in middle and aft. What can you tell me
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here is a picture of the ship. The cabin looks to have a large metal balcony behind the bridge; most balconys are glass; but the family suite is metal
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While we've not stayed in the suites in the front of one of these ships, we did stay in the very first forward balcony cabin on the Crown Princess, as well as a balcony cabin on the back of the Caribbean Princess looking straight aft. We've also been as far forward as you can get on a much smaller ship and everywhere in between, so we've been just about anywhere you can be. As anyone with alot of cruise experience can tell you, if you encounter any rough seas, the front will always bet more up and down motion than anywhere else.

However, with that said, the size and age of a ship will play into how it reacts. The larger ships are less impacted than smaller ships. Newer ships have better computerized controlled stabilizers. Of course, there are places and times of year where weather can be a factor. For example, anytime during hurricane season can affect the ride. Cruising in the Atlantic just about anytime of the year can encounter rough seas.

So all this plays into the chances of encountering factors that could impact the cruise.

The Emerald Princess is a big ship and relatively new, so it'll more depend on when you're planning to sail.

If anyone is prone to motion sickness, then I suggest they start taking ginger pills a couple of days before the cruise - this helps with nausea.

As for the Family suite up front, they are very nice with lots of room. The only thing I'm not crazy about is that while the balcony is very large, it has a metal railing instead of glass.

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Thanks, I know what you mean by having glass see thru balcony verses the metal. Thankfully everyone will be tall enough to look over the balcony; so that should not be a major factor. We got family suite for the two separate bed and bathrooms. We can keep eye on grandkids, and they have their own bathroom to mess up
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Well, if you want two rooms, two bathrooms, and two TV's, you might look at connecting cabins. Basically the same thing, but less expensive and you don't have to be in the front of the ship.

Just a thought.

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we did look at that. Princess does not have as many adjoining cabins as other cruise lines. Plus for $600 more we get more perks; which will be nice. Inside passage should be smooth; the crossing from Seattle to inside may be rough; but that's only a day
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This is a very nice ship! I would not stay in a room under a pool with all of the noise. We were on the 10th floor where there are cabins above and below you.
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Pete, the family suite we have been talking about has both metal and glass balcony. The forward part is metal but if you look closely the back part of cabin has glass balcony.
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Great!

Somewhere I have pictures of that ship, but I can't seem to find them. I always take pictures from every angle I can get whenever I'm close to a ship and I know I have them someplace. If I can find the one I'm looking for that shows the outside of the suite, I'll post it.

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Don't think this will help, but here's one of the Crown I took. Still looking for the Regal.

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If you find it great; not a big deal. The picture I have posted I can pinch and zoom in on my computer so I get a pretty good look. Thanks
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