This is our first cruise for the both of us and it is our honeymoon. We will be on the Splendour of the Seas in September 2006. We are having a hard time trying to decide which part of the ship to have our room. It being our honeymoon we will have a Junior Suite. And the only thing that I heard is the back of the boat has a great view but alot of rocking. What do you think we should do to make sure we don't have any problems?
We usually ask for the itinerary so we can provide better advice, such as things to do or avoid, and other helpful hints.
Personally I always try to go for an aft suite or cabin with a balcony. The view is indeed better, and frankly those who spread stories about excessive rocking are exaggerating things. We have never had a rough ride in an aft cabin - at least it was no worse than any where else on the ship. Don't worry about it.
Your decision could be affected by the location of the cruise. The Eastern Mediterranean shouldn't be affected by adverse cruising conditions in September, as the Caribbean might. I wouldn't worry too much about the location of the cabin, but would select the one you find most desireable. The Eastern Med is almost guaranteed to be smooth sailing in September.
I have to agree about the eastern Med having smooth seas in the fall. I spent a few years at sea in the Navy and much of it was in the Med. We rarely encountered bad seas anywhere in the Med, but they do happen. Of course, I was on an aircraft carrier for most of this time. It takes a lot to ruffle a carrier at sea!
When we cruise, we prefer to have an aft stateroom--we are disappointed when they are not available. We enjoy looking at the ship's wake; an aft stateroom affords you views of the scenery on both sides of the ship; the skyward view is better than on the sides of most ships.
Do you have a reservation on a particular aft stateroom? The aft junior suites are on Deck 8. Of the seven staterooms across the back of this deck, the best ones are the five in the middle; the outermost staterooms do not have as much open railing. They appear to all be the same in the brochure, but they are not.
By "problems" do you mean motion sickness? I'm very susceptible to motion sickness, and I've had no problems with any cruises I've been on on RCI ships. I do always bring Bonamine with me, and always make sure I'm not on an empty stomach (not hard to do on a cruise )
Thank you everyone, for the suggestions. I do have a room in the middle five. By problems I do mean motion sickness. I know I will have no problems but my finacee I am not to sure about. I guess all I can do is just be prepared.
On an Alaskan cruise in May, my one motion sickness experience was resolved with:
1) wearing wrist pressure bands -- not exactly stylish but better than the alternative.
2) avoiding empty stomach -- we had toast and tea delivered to our stateroom at 7am (earlier if we had an earlier port call) each day and ate several small snacks throughout the day.
By all means, carry motion sickness drugs with you as well although not a suitable solution for me as they made me extremely drowsy.