Booking your first cruise can be fairly intimidating if you aren’t a seasoned veteran. No vacationer wants their dream cruise vacation to be ruined by landing a room beside the kitchen area, under the dance floor, or a room location that required long walks to reach anything of value. We’ve compiled a list of the 7 types of cabins you’re going to want to avoid when booking your next cruise, with a little bit of work, you’ll be able to sleep soundly knowing you’ve chosen the perfect cabin.

1: By a door to the crew’s quarters

On one sailing, my cabin was right across from the entrance to the crew’s quarters. And
although these may have been the most polite, professional crew members I have ever met (I
heard shockingly little discussion between them from my cabin, and zero humming, singing, or
whistling, as is sometimes the case), they work around the clock, so that door opened and closed
well after I climbed into bed.

2: Above mechanical equipment

Once, I sailed in the most forward cabin on a ship — right over the bow — and I was awakened
at the crack of dawn every day by the construction-like noise of the anchor as arrived in port.
That cabin — and others near equipment the crew use — may be designated by an unmarked
white area on the deck plan, so when you see a space like that, call the cruise line for more

3: Near elevators or stairs

Light sleepers everywhere request rooms away from elevators in hotels. The same should be
true on cruise ships, only more so since passengers sometimes gather there — say, on the way to
meals, shows, or for disembarkation.

4: Next to an ice machine

This is another one that is a common request in hotels for noise-a-phobes like myself, and should
be on ships. Important to note: Some ships hide the ice machines in internal crew-only spaces;
others keep them available for self-service.

5: Beside a laundry room

Not all ships have public laundry facilities, but on those that do, you want to avoid hearing the
washers and dryers from inside your cabin.

6: Right below a public deck

Don’t want to hear the deck chairs as they’re moved around or dragged across the floor, or the
sound of early-morning joggers? Then you’ll certainly want to avoid this location.

7: Above or below a dance floor or midnight buffet

Sailing on a ship that’s known for nightlife? When in doubt, don’t risk it.

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