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Old 11-01-2003, 10:38 PM
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It seems that the only described differentiation between staterooms are inside and outside. Is there a reason to secure a room on the verandah deck rather than the lido? A category 'C' rather than an 'FF'?

Could anyone enlighten us please?

Incidentally, we are booked for FF on the Statendam which as our investigations have led us to believe, puts us on A deck.

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It seems that the only described differentiation between staterooms are inside and outside. Is there a reason to secure a room on the verandah deck rather than the lido? A category 'C' rather than an 'FF'?

Could anyone enlighten us please?

Incidentally, we are booked for FF on the Statendam which as our investigations have led us to believe, puts us on A deck.

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Old 11-02-2003, 03:18 AM
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Hi!

The only difference between the two categories mentioned is the cabin location. Generally, the higher the deck, the more expensive the cabin. Also, midship cabins are usually more expensive than cabins near the bow or stern of a ship. As far as stability (little movement) is concerned, however, the best cabins are located midships on a lower deck.

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Old 11-02-2003, 07:21 PM
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My opinion is that the cabin categories are a way for the cruise lines to make more money. What the heck is the difference between decks? I don't remember ever having a cabin I thought was inferior to any others that I have had.

If you are going to but a suite, that is one thing...but the same cabin on different floors? I don't thing it is worth the additional money.

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Hi Gwen,

well, I tend to agree. However, it usually also makes sense to have a close look at the deck plans - especially at the decks above and below your cabin's location. Cabins below galleys in particular tend to be very noisy, as are cabins below the jogging track. This often has nothing to do with the categories, but it's good to check this, anyway.

And then there are some cruise lines - especially on the German market - which have very few cabin categories, as all equally-sized cabins are in the same category (yet there's a difference between inside and outside, of course).

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Old 11-03-2003, 12:42 AM
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Thank you for your responses. I truly appreciate it.
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In no particular order, here are a few things to think about:

* close to elevators/stairs?
* middle decks may have a hard time GETTING an elevator (on some ships anyway!) - if so, do you want to be closer to pools? dining room?
* What's above you (you probably don't want to be below a dining area, bar, or even pool area where the noise above is intrusive)
* Is window/balcony obstructed? (where are the lifeboats?)

... Just a few trivial thoughts on cabins selection

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