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The worst room on a cruise ship – the best life

Whether you’re an experienced cruiser or new to the vacation format, you’ll want to know how to choose the best room on the ship to give you the most optimal travel experience possible. This means considering the priorities that are most important to you, including avoiding motion sickness, convenience, quality of sleep, and more.

First of all, your budget may dictate how good a quality cabin you can get; not everyone’s price allows for a chic, sprawling cabin with a balcony. Beyond monetary reasons, there are certain cruise ship cabins that insiders advise travelers to avoid. Read on to find out the worst place to sleep on a cruise ship.

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Jeremy Camosse, author of the book cruise hacksand web editor from shore excursion site Gangwaze.com, explains: “If you are prone to motion sickness, the worst cabin you can choose is in the bow or stern of the ship. The further you get from the center of the vessel, the more movement you will experience and probably more nausea.”

Glenn Tudor, travel consultant at the new travel agency, Fora himself has taken 20 cruises, and he agrees. “The inside stateroom is the standard answer – it’s basically a large walk-in closet for a stateroom,” he says of the type of stateroom widely considered the least desirable on a cruise ship. “But I would also add that if you are prone to motion sickness, any cabins forward or aft of the ship have a lot more movement, so you will feel the cabin sway more.”

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Steph Shuster, experienced cruiser and CEO from DCL Magazine – the Disney Cruises fan, advises, “If you’re a first-time cruiser, stay low and in the middle” to minimize the risk of motion sickness.

“Cruise ships now have stabilizers for rough seas, but if you’re prone to motion sickness, a lower deck cabin that’s in the middle is best,” he explains.

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“Try to choose a room closer to the elevators if you sleep well,” recommends Shushter. “These hallways can be confusing and forgetting your sunglasses can be a long way to go.”

On the other hand, travelers who are bothered by late-night noise should avoid rooms facing the atriums or central hub where entertainment, dining, and most activities take place.

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Also consider how much you plan to party versus relax on your cruise. Beth SchulbergOwner of Cruise and Travel Specialists, notes that the worst room on a cruise for someone looking to relax might be one of the rooms above the show lounge. “The vibration makes sleep and other activities very difficult,” she says.

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