Don't Choose A Room By, Above, or Below The Galley
The galley is the ship's kitchen where meals are prepared for the passengers and crew onboard. In the early hours of the evening the galley will be a lively place because dinner will be served. After dinner the galley will become less busy, but there may be noise because of cleaning and preparation for any late night meals. You may hear pots and pans clattering and the crew cleaning the ship. Noise may not always come from the galley, but there is always a large chance that you will get some noise from the galley.
Most likely there will not be any rooms directly beside the galley, but if there are you will probably want to avoid these rooms. You should look at the decks above and below the galley area and also avoid these staterooms, especially the cabins below the galley as you may get the noise from the floor. If you have to choose a room from any of these three your best bet would taking a room above the galley. The best case scenario would be getting a stateroom not around the galley at all.
Don't Choose A Room Around The Main Show Lounge, Nightclubs, Discos, Casino and Popular Bars
All of the places above are commonly used on major cruise ships at night and noise will most likely be produced from those places until the early morning hours. The Main Show Lounge is usually where production shows (these produce a lot of noise) occur. Nightclubs, discos, bars, and the casino are usually more popular at night and can produce noise from music or the passengers.
Look above and below on the deck plans to see if a potential room could get noise from these. Hopefully your cruise ship has some soundproofing insulation to try to block noise from these types of places, but you probably will not know until you are onboard. If you are someone who will be out late into the early hours of the morning, a cabin in this particular area may be great for you because you won't have to worry as much about noise. However, if you are a light sleeper or go to bed early you will probably want to also avoid these areas.
Around the Atrium of A Ship
Some cruise ship atriums are quiet places, but there are some cruise ship atriums that can be loud at night too. Don't book a stateroom that is right by the ship's atrium either because noise can travel. I personally learned not to book a cabin near the atrium. Noise from the atrium, if there is any, will most likely last most of the night.
Stairwell/Elevator Areas on Major Decks:
The elevator noise will probably not be too much of a problem, but the people that use the stairwells and elevators may be a problem. This is an area that is less likely to cause noise, but can get noisy at times when people are returning back to their cabins late at night.
The cabin you choose is up to you and noise situations may be different on every cruise ship. Choose your cruise ship stateroom with care and after doing research.
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