10 Worst Cruise Cabins on a Ship ~ How to Avoid Bad Staterooms


There are 10 cabins on a cruise you might want to stay away from. We are going through the 10 worst cabins on a cruise ship.
To read more on why you should avoid these cabins check out our post here:

If you’re living on a cruise ship for a few days you’re already doing pretty good in life, but not all staterooms are created equal.
Before you book your cruise, make sure you know what kind of stateroom you’re getting. We recommend you stay away from these 10 cabins on a cruise ship.

Related: How to make the most of interior cabins on a cruise:

1.Cabins directly above or below clubs and lounges. Unless you plan on heading to your cabin after 1 a.m. each night for sleep, you should try to avoid cabins that are directly over or below the ship’s clubs and bars. The bass of the subwoofers in the clubs can easily be heard in these staterooms.
2. Cabins above the theater. Unfortunately, the cabin walls on cruise ships are not sound proof. While they do block a fair amount of noise, you will still be able to hear music in the staterooms directly above the theater. If shows are over by 11pm this may not be much of an issue.
3. Cabins directly below the pool deck. Each morning, staff members will begin to rearrange and organize the pool deck loungers getting the lido deck ready for the day. While some crew members will lift and move the loungers, many will drag them across the lido deck floor waking up passengers who are sleeping directly below.

See unique cabins found on Carnival cruise ships:

4. Obstructed view cabins. Not everyone loves the idea of having a bright orange lifeboat as their view outside their ocean view cabin. While I still think that’s better than having no view at all, it’s something to keep in mind when booking a stateroom.
5. Adjoining Cabins. Adjoining cabins are great for larger families as many staterooms only hold a maximum of 4-5 passengers. However, due to the extra door between the cabins, you can often hear conversations from louder neighbors in the adjoining cabin next to you. The door is not as soundproof as the walls.
6. Cabins with little privacy. Remember that some balcony cabins face inward and so will have views of a promenade or passengers right across the way. While curtains are there for a reason, there’s little point in having a balcony if you don’t use it. Just remember that privacy will not be a premium in these cabins.
7. Balcony cabins directly below public areas. On some ships there are balconies that are perfectly visible from the pool deck or other public areas as they jut out from the ship slightly. So, if you are enjoying your balcony on a beautiful day you may turn around and look up to see another passenger. This can be an awkward moment. This goes along with the lack of privacy, but not everyone may mind this.
8. Cabins prone to motion. I personally don’t mind cabins in the very front or back of the ship, (in fact I prefer that wonderful aft view) but for those who are worried about motion sickness, you might want to choose a cabin somewhere in the middle, where a rocking ship isn’t as noticeable.
9. Cabins near the anchor. Early birds won’t be affected by this one, but for those who want to sleep-in, steer clear of cabins near the anchor. You will hear quite the clanging noise when the ship is dropping anchor at port.
10. Cabins on the lower decks. Yes, these cabins are often the cheapest on the ship, but they more affordable for a reason. Cabins on deck 1 or 2 are further away from all the activities on the ship and elevators are often crowded. On the plus side, you will save money and can get a great work out if you plan on taking the stairs.

Hope this list helps you plan your next cruise cabin location. Be sure to study those deck plans before reserving your stateroom.
Are there certain cabins you try to avoid? Any stateroom nightmares you care to share? Let us know in the comments below…

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there are 10 cabins on a cruise you might want to stay away from cruise fever here and we're gonna go through the 10 worst cabins on a cruise ship now I should say right off the bat that if you're on a cruise ship you're already doing pretty good and I'd rather be on the worst cabin on a cruise ship than sitting at home making this video you might completely disagree with one of the cabins that I picked as the worst on a cruise ship and that's okay just let us know in the comments below where I went wrong number one cabins directly above or below clubs and lounges unless you plan on heading to your cabin after 1 a.m. each night for sleep you should try to avoid cabins that are directly above or below the ship's clubs and bars the base of the subwoofers in the clubs can easily be heard in these staterooms number two cabins above the theater unfortunately the cabin walls and cruise ships are not soundproof while they do block a fair amount of noise you'll still be able to hear music in the staterooms directly above the theater if shows are over by 11 p.m. this may not be much of an issue number 3 cabins directly below the pool deck each morning staff members will begin to rearrange and organize pool deck loungers getting the Lido deck ready for the day while some crew members will lift and move loungers many will drag them across the Lido deck floor waking up passengers were sleeping directly below number 4 obstructed view cabins that everyone loves the idea of having a bright orange lifeboat as their view outside their ocean view cabin well I still think that's better than having no view at all it's something to keep in mind when booking a stateroom number five adjoining cabins for joining cabins are great for larger families as many staterooms only hold four to five passengers however due to the extra door between the cabins you can often hear conversations from louder neighbors in the adjoining cabin next to you the door is not as soundproof as the walls number six cabins with little privacy remember that some balcony cabins face inward and so will have views of a promenade or passengers right across the way while curtains are there for a reason there's little point in having a balcony if you don't use it just remember that privacy will not be a premium in these cabins number seven balcony cabins directly below public areas on some ships there are balconies that are perfectly visible from the pool deck or other public areas as they jut out from the ship's lightly so if you're enjoying your balcony on a beautiful day you may turn around and look up to see another passenger staring down at you this can be an awkward moment this goes along with lack of privacy but not everyone may mind this number eight cabins prone to motion I don't mind cabins on the very front or back of the ship in fact I prefer that wonderful after view but for those who are worried about motion sickness you might want to choose a cabin somewhere in the middle where a rocking ship isn't as noticeable number nine cabins near the anchor early birds won't be affected by this one but for those who want to sleep in steer clear of cabins near the anchor you will hear quite the clanging noise when the ship is dropping anchor at Port and number 10 cabins on the lower decks yes these cabins are often the cheapest on the ship but they are more affordable for a reason cabins on deck 1 & 2 are further away from all the activities on the ship and elevators are often crowded on the plus side you will save money and can get a great workout if you plan on taking the stairs I hope this list helps you plan your next cruise cabin location be sure to study those deck plans before reserving your stateroom other certain cabins that you try to avoid any stateroom nightmares that you care to share let us know in the comments below

49 thoughts on “10 Worst Cruise Cabins on a Ship ~ How to Avoid Bad Staterooms”

  1. We cruise often, I agree with everything you said. When we were novice cruisers, we made some of those mistakes. The one that bothered me the most was being on a balcony at an upper deck and the balcony above us could look right down at us. Now we get a balcony in the middle, with cabins below, above and on either side, not too close to elevators and not close to a utility room or laundry, due to noise. Book early. Unfortunately, even making all the right decisions, we still had one bad cruise, the two cabins near us were a large family with the loudest, rudest, inconsiderate people ever created. The more people complained, the worse they behaved. Hopefully they were banned from cruising.

  2. In a 25 year span, I raised three boys of my own and several others. I went along field trips, school festivals, and band vacations. I can sleep with any amounts of noise, with people jumping on the bed or strangers staring in the window. There really is no cruise room I can't handle. LOL Really good list!

  3. I'm on the Nieuw Statendam with Holland America in April in a front stateroom on the 7th deck. I've only been on 2 other cruises and was very seasick on my first Caribbean cruise many years ago. I hope this stateroom pick wasn't a bad one.

  4. Good advice for those new to cruising. My experiences , though not really knowing untill your in your room, is avoid a cabin next to a loud family with obnoxious kids!! We sail Royal Caribbean but times it feels like a DISNEY cruise! Hey rude idiots, its MY vacation too!

  5. Interior cabins are a good bargain BUT if just two of you; adjust your search parameter to '4' occupants and you will see which cabins are going to have wall mounted bunk beds (which made for a very tight, head-bumping, experience)

  6. We had a balcony room that was low and  had a walk were people could stand and walk right by our balcony.  We had bird people with their cameras setting there ALL day.  The balcony was useless and we had to keep curtains close are we had people looking in.  Infact when we first got on the Princess these people were on our balcony and we went out and they went over and planted themselves over the rail for the whole cruise.   Worse room EVER,

  7. Well for me I don't really care about the Cabin tho cos there's loads of activities to do onboard and we'll probably won't be in our Cabin for the whole day. Especially, during Port Day tho 😋

  8. I’m taking my first cruise next month. I’ve never done a cruise because of many of the reasons listed. I’m a light sleeper and I’m also allergic to fragrances. So I booked a balcony room. Now I’m worried about the placement/location of that balcony. I might have to swap it for an interior room lol, a room far away from everything which will be ok with me as long as fragrances don’t come underneath my door😀

  9. Well, I've stayed mid-ship on deck 6 (very little motion, not too far from the elevator) and the aft-balcony on deck 6 (loved it, but there was a little noise coming into ports – and when the sun was shining right on the back of the ship, it was too hot to stay outside – but nights were just wonderful) – in March, we'll be in the cabins along the front walkway on deck 6 – I'll let you know how it goes

  10. Great advice. I just booked a balcony cabin at Deck 11 (Panaroma deck) in the middle of the cruise. Not sure if my cabin would be noisy or not. Wi be glad if you can give your inputs on that. Thank you.

  11. I love the interior cabins on the lower deck. Far from everything? That means quiet. No window? That means privacy. And the elevators aren't that full, really. I consider these rooms to be the best. None of the complaints you had about the other rooms apply to lower deck interior cabins. Plus, if you are spending a lot of time in your cabin then you aren't doing it right. Go there to relax or sleep and that's it. You don't need a balcony; you have the entire ship. You don't need a window. Go on the promenade. I will take one of these rooms over any of the others any time. Their lower price just makes it that much sweeter.

  12. I had a cabin on the carnival victory on a lower floor inside- that was soggy and smelt of urine and feces. They would not do anything about it but I didn't give up because I knew I would be very ill if I stayed in the cold damp smelly room…finally they moved me and gave me an excursion and a credit.

  13. Norwegian Cruise Line. Period. Went on a 7 day western Caribbean cruise with the family of about 15 +/_ . Another family of 100 was booked on the same cruise. The ship was homeported in Houston, TX, and late coming in due to fog. So they bused us down to a tourist place with rides and places to eat in Kemah, TX. The driver told us they would pick us up where he dropped us off. When the buses came to pick us up, it was on the other side of the parking lot. In other words, the buses were full when they got to us. Lucky for us, we had a late lunch at Joe's Crab Shack at Kemah. By the time we boarded the ship and did the drill, it was almost dark, and our luggage didn't arrive at our cabin until o'dark thirty. Norwegian offered dinning whenever, wherever, casual attire. Went to Progresso, Mexico, Cozumel, & Belize. While at sea, we were always behind the group of 100, and once we were seated, WE were split up. One night, part of OUR group got their desert before the rest was even served the salad. The next time, I wore dress shorts, Hawaiian print shirt, and shoes to match. While standing in line, I noticed a few guys from another group of people wearing white cotton t shirts & Levi jeans like they just got back from a horseback ride. At least I thought I was dressed nice for dinner. No sooner after being seated, the server told me I had to leave because I was wearing shorts and someone complained it was offensive. I argued with the server and told him about the ad on tv which states "it's your vacation, relax and wear what you want!" Once again, I was told to leave. I was so pissed, I went to the buffet, and all they had left was greasy baked chicken and over cooked vegies. Later on that night, I got sick in the middle of the night. Went to the ships doctor, ends up ordering both me and my wife quarantined to our room until we were back in Houston.

  14. I'm planning a transatlantic crossing with Cunard in summer 2021, and the rocking of the ship is something I'm actually looking forward to. I ride local busses regularly, so motion sickness doesn't really bother me. The cabin I want we be on deck twelve and forward. High above and forward of the ship's center of gravity on purpose so I will experience the most rocking.

  15. I once stayed in a room advertised as ‘Obstructed view’ there was nothing in front of my window, and the cabins advertised with just a window and no obstructed view were around £150 more. Hehe.

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