Consider shipboard activities
If you plan to spend a lot of time in the fitness center and spa, book a spa cabin. Found on newer ships, these include complimentary access to the steam room and other facilities and are close enough to the spa that you can walk to and fro in your bathrobe. If you're traveling with kids, choose a cabin near kids' facilities.
Remember: location, location, location
Cabins at the very back of the ship tend to have the largest balconies — and cool views of the ship's wake. In a forward-facing suite, you’ll enjoy the same views as the captain. Elsewhere, watch for obstructed views, so the natural light in your cabin isn’t blocked by, say, a lifeboat. Also, a cruise ship conundrum is that fancy cabins tend to be on upper decks, where the most motion is felt; the more stable cabins are midship on the lower decks. So, splurging on more expensive accommodations could be a problem if you’re prone to seasickness.
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