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Hello everyone! :smiley:

We are considering the Star Princess in the first half of May 2005, the Ft Lauderdale to Copenhagen cruise.

We have two cabin option and would appreciate voice of experience here.

The first will save us some money, but we would have a cabin located at the rear of the ship.

The other, more expensive option moves us up a deck and to the middle of the ship.

Does anyone have any advice to offer on what we could expect from a cabin at the rear?

Is there any vibration we would feel from the rear? Is it noisy or would there be fumes from the engine?


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I would opt for the cabin closer to the center....

On a Caribbean cruise, cabin location is not all that important. The seas are, usually, pretty calm and, with the size of the ship and the stabilizers, things are pretty smooth.

However, the Atlantic, on a 'crossing,' can be very unpredictable!

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Once again Jeff is right. You are talking about the North Atlantic here and the possibliity of rough seas is very real. Go to the center of the ship, no question about it!

We usually go for a stateroom midships and as low down as we can go unless we decide we want a balcony room for some reason. On a December cruise rountrip to Hawaii, we were midships and both of my wife's sisters and their husbands were way forward on the same deck. Guess who got seasick the first night out?? Both sisters!

Enjoy you cruise/ :grin:

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I wouldn't think there's much cause for concern on either location here. Aft doesn't have near the movement as forward. Ships don't rotate around some centre of gravity in the middle. They actually are most stable at the back, and move up and down more as you go forward. Put your hand flat down on a table. Lift your fingers up and down with your wrist still touching the table. Your wrist is the stern, the fingers are the bow.This is what the ship does in most sea conditions. Only in heavy sea conditions does the aft of the ship sort of "whip" back up after the bow breaks a large wave. In this case, you will feel movement anywhere anyway. Lower decks minimize the side to side rolling that ships always do.

As for the engines, they are so far down from any place the passengers are, that you won't feel anything from them. You may feel a vibration while the ship is manoevering in a port, but this is usually only felt in the lower passenger decks, if at all. There will be no engine fumes, as they exhaust out the stack at the top of the ship.

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