Jam Cruise first timer here.
I am looking at this deck plan trying to figure out where / what to book.
Any of you vets have any advise as to whats what with these cabins? where are the quiet areas? where are the party areas? where do the bands stay? has anybody seen my friend molly? if I am prebooking on the 18th, what will be full and i have no chance of getting? What cabins have easy access to what? such and such
Let's see if I can help. You can select cabin based on several things.
Budget: the lower and the further inside the ship you get (no balconies) the cheaper it gets. These cabins go first. Musicians that want it cheap stay down on deck 8. There are cabins spread out all the way to deck 5.
As you get higher up in the ship it gets more expensive ($50 per deck and person) and if you get a balcony you pay a premium for that.
If you're concerned about ship movements, a few things to consider: Far back and low in the ship you have more noise and vibrations from the engines and propulsion. In the other end, towards the front, you're going to feel the sea more, especially if we get into some weather. It's a big ship though so you're not going bounce around too much.
You can also look at what you're close to. In the back of the ship you're close to elevators for buffet and restaurants, jam room, pool deck, disco. In the front you're closer to all other stages (zebra bar, theater) and also to elevators to the pool deck. The pool deck is where most of the big acts play and where you are likely to spend most of your time.
What goes first?
Cheap goes first. Low and inside. Cabins close to elevators go first. There are also a bunch of krewes that have sailed for years. They tend to book up blocks of cabins close together. It's a tradition to decorate your cabin door and sometimes you see parts of the hallways completely done up when you walk through one of the neighborhoods.
I personally like the balcony. You can sit and stare out over the ocean and if you are far enough up you can hear the bands playing on pool deck. Truthfully, I don't spend a whole lot of time in the cabin. There is just so much to do. But when I need some down time it's nice to have somewhere cozy to hang. You will of course have to weigh that against the extra $$$.
Regardless where you stay, you will never be the same again. This is nothing I can describe, it has to be lived. But trust me, it's a good thing!
PS. Send my love to Molly if you find her!