Sailing from Galveston? These are the best decks and rooms!
Thinking of going on a cruise vacation? Galveston, Texas is port to some of America’s premier cruise liners. Some of such ships are the Carnival Vista (starting in September 23rd), Carnival Valor and, Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.
However, choosing the best cruise liner isn’t enough to truly enjoy your vacation. To make the best of your trip, careful planning is mandatory and here at Pack Travel Tours, we are going to give you some useful information. One of the biggest concerns you may have is your cabin. Choosing the wrong cabin can definitely alter your cruise experience. Here is a list of the best cabins to book on cruise ships from Texas.
Debuted last 2016, the Vista is the largest ship to make the Carnival fleet. This state-of-the-art ship has the capacity to carry 3,954 passengers and is said to be packed full of fun. As a matter of fact, Carnival Cruise Line has named the Vista their prized ‘Fun Ship’ – and rightfully so.
Apart from the usual entertainment and activities that one can expect from a Carnival cruise, the Vista also has 3 new and exciting additions. It has the first IMAX theatre where you can watch current movies and it is the first of its kind at and it also has the very first brewpub onboard.
But perhaps the newest amenity that takes center stage is the Vista’s Sky Ride. It is the very first open-air, pedal-powered ride that allows you a view from 150 feet above – perfect for an adventure while at sea.
The Vista has a total of 14 decks. But if you’re looking for the best of the best, the most highly recommended cabins are located on Deck 7 (Empress Deck), Deck 8 (Verandah Deck), and Deck 10 (Lido Deck). Here’s why:
If you are a light sleeper, the Empress Deck (Deck 7) is the best option for you. Decks 6 and 8 are both cabin decks so it buffers out the noise from public areas. However, the IMAX theatre can also be found here so it’s best to do a bit of research before choosing your cabin. The other perks of staying on the Empress Deck would have to be the staterooms. Compared to the other options on the Vista, the Empress Deck has some of the more attractive and spacious cabins. These include Ocean and Grand Suites, Premium Vista Balcony, Extended Balcony and Premium Balcony, along with three different interior cabins.
You wouldn’t want to miss out on all the action on the ‘Fun Ship’. So if you’re looking for a room that is peaceful yet close to all the entertainment, the Verandah Deck (Deck 8) cabins are for you. Like the Empress Deck, Verandah is also sandwiched in between cabin decks. However, it has the slight advantage of being situated near the Lido Deck where all the activities are.
Speaking of the Lido Deck (Deck 10), if you are looking to be somewhere close to where all the fun is, this is the place to be. The Lido Deck has the center pool area and lots of great food to feast on such as the burgers at Guy’s Burger Joint or the tortillas at BlueIguana Cantina.
With a passenger capacity of 2,984 people, the Carnival Valor is significantly smaller than the Carnival Vista – but this does not mean that it is short of all the fun and entertainment. The Valor was built in the year 2004 and was refurbished last 2016. Despite it’s seniority to the Vista, Carnival Valor has a wide array of attractions to enjoy.
The Valor has an art gallery, a disco hall, a video arcade, a casino and plenty of dining options and bars as well. If you’re looking to spend some quiet time, they also have a library onboard. It also has Carnival’s signature Cloud 9 spa if you want to relax. Otherwise, the Valor also houses fitness centers where you can attend yoga and pilates classes as well.
To best enjoy your stay at the Valor, the best cabins are located in the Empress Deck (Deck 7), Lido Deck (Deck 9), Panorama Deck (Deck 10) and Spa Deck (Deck 11)
Deck 7 or the Empress Deck has the best cabins in the Valor. However, they are also the most expensive ones available. This is where you can find the penthouse and suites category cabins. And because of this, the best cabin stewards are also assigned here. If your budget can afford it, the cabins on the Empress Deck is definitely worth your money.
Decks 9 and 10 have both the same advantage being situated near the pool, spa and gym facilities. Since there are no public areas nearby, the Lido and Panorama are also some of the more peaceful decks available. If the noise gets in the way of your sleep, these 2 decks are for you.
The best thing about the cabins on the Spa Deck is that they are situated close to the Spa Carnival. If you are on the cruise to relax and to try out Carnival’s spa services, being on the Spa Deck is a convenient choice. Although the Carnival Youth Program is located on the deck above, there shouldn’t be a problem with noise in the Spa Deck. The gym facilities located below the Youth Program acts as a buffer in between.
The Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas is best-known as a cruise ship ideal for family vacations. It houses plenty of entertainment and activities every family member can enjoy.
For the kids or the kids-at-heart, the Liberty of the Seas has several adrenaline-pumping water slides onboard. Apart from all the pool action, there are also plenty of shows available. From outdoor movie nights to Broadway At Sea. Other fun amenities include ice skating, arcades, fitness classes, bars, pubs and of course, plenty of food to choose from.
Why not make your cruise the best vacation yet by choosing the right cabin as well? The best staterooms on the Liberty of the Seas are on Decks 9 and 10. Your next option would be the cabins found on Decks 7 and 8.
If you’re looking for a room with a bit more space than the standard ones, Deck 9 has rooms that are 317 sq. ft in size. There are also no public areas located on this deck so noise shouldn’t be a problem during bedtime. Another deck that shares the peace and quiet of Deck 9 is the one above it – Deck 10.
Deck 10 houses the best staterooms in The Liberty of the Seas. This is where all the high-end rooms are so one can only expect great quality for pricey rooms. However, it is always worth the investment especially if you want to make your vacation extra special.
If you’re looking for rooms with balcony accommodations, you might want to book one of the exterior cabins Port and Starboard on Deck 7. This deck is also considerably quiet as the decks above and below are also cabin decks. Deck 8 is also a great place to book a cabin that has a quiet environment. The only difference is that Deck 8 does not have many rooms with balconies in them. But they do have spacious cabins with a great ocean view.
At Pack Travel Tours, we are here to answer any questions that you may have and help you in booking your next cruise. Please call our sales number at (866) 618-8687.