Cabins located just below the Lido (Swimming Pool/Beach) Deck with the usual Snack Bars, Beverage Stations, Hot Tubs , Buffets Etc. usually receive a higher amount of noise from above. Occasionally litter from above is received on these same balconies. I/We avoid booking passage in cabins just below these areas (Personal Experience)!!
I agree with BillyBuzzy. The deck just below Lido deck is not a good choice. I've found the second deck below Lido to be ideal--you have passenger cabins above and below you and you still have just a short climb to the pools, buffet, etc.
but to answer to above thread.The hi decks have less noise from engines,less vibration,but seem to move about more in rough seas.I prefer mid level cabins to avoid all the above probs and not spend too much. Always look at boat schematics online to pick best available and avoid pool,restaurants,etc above.
It might be a good idea to do a bit of research if you want a quiet stateroom
Quite often the lower staterooms towards the stern are the ones that might suffer from a bit of vibration & noise.
If you are a light sleeper you might want to find a higher deck.
If you are a sound sleeper it shouldn't really matter.
You'll never know until you try it. I think I've been in every category on every deck and decided it doesn't matter much as long as there's a balcony. Most people are like me and don't spend much time in their cabin. There's just something about walking into your cabin and being able to view the ocean, especially when you can slide a door and walk out onto a balcony.
I agree Sonny, once you experience the balcony you really don't want to go another way.
When we introduced my brother and S-I-L, and our daughter and fiancee two years ago, we got adjoining cabins and balconies on a Princess cruise and now they can't see it any other way as well. But, no matter where you are on a ship, being there is what counts !
We will occasionally book on a lower deck, especially on Carnival where the standard oceanview cabins are large enough to accommodate three adults comfortably.
As with the selection of any cabin, I make sure to study the deck plan of the deck I'm considering as well as the decks immediately above and below. My preference is to be between two decks of cabins, but that's not always possible. We usually end up over (or under) a library, information lobby, or something else that is usually quiet. Avoid being near/over/under show lounges and the casino, if you can. Also, if there's something on the deck plan that's not identified, I'd avoid that, too. (It could be a crew bar, for example.) I also avoid the lowest passenger deck for that reason -- you don't know what will be directly below you.
I did something I said I would never do on my next cruise on the Enchantment. I said I would never book an inside cabin if the cruise was more than 7 nights. Well, because of the outrageous price of a balcony cabin I booked a guarantee inside for about $1,000 less. I lucked out and got a cabin on deck 4. On the second 12 night cruise I was suppose to be in the same cabin but I spotted a sale on outside cabins that was actually less than the inside. I was happy about that until I got a call from Royal Caribbean offering me a free upgrade to a balcony on deck 8--now I'm totally elated! That would have cost me over $1,700 pp if I would have purchased it. I said all that to say this: Price trumps location at a certain point.