How to Choose a Cruise Ship Cabin

Jun 8 2016

So which room is right for you? It all comes down to personal preference and budget at the end of the day. Cruise ship cabins can be placed into 4 main categories, even though different cruise liners offer a multitude of classes for you to choose from. The 4 categories are basically: inside, outside, balcony and suites.

What to consider when choosing your cabin

Besides the sizes, amenities included, and position of the cabin (inside, outside etc.) you will need to consider a few other things before deciding on your ideal home away from home. A few things to consider include whether or not you are more prone to seasickness, are you going to be spending every waking hour on the deck, in the pool, watching shows and dancing the night away, or will you prefer some quite time on your own private balcony? Do you have the means to splurge a little on extras, like a suite or even a balcony room?

Cabin locations

The further away from the front of the ship and the closer to the middle your cabin is, the more stable your journey will be. This is a good thing for those who are worried about sea-sickness. So try and get a cabin as low as possible and as close to the middle of the ship as you can.

You will also need to consider the proximity to amenities. Would you rather be closer to the restaurants, and bars, or closer to the sun decks and pools? Perhaps you would rather be as far away as possible form the hustle and bustle, yet still close to a set of elevators. By examining the ships plans you can see where everything will be happening on your cruise and get a better idea of the perfect location for you.

Cabin Sizes

Cabins are basically separated into four main categories, but can vary within those categories. For example, you can get an indoor suite that is a family cabin or wheelchair friendly. The inside and outside cabins will be very much the same, except for the fact that the outside cabin has a porthole. The standard balcony rooms may be the same size as an indoor cabin with the added bonus of a small balcony which may be able to fit two small chairs. The State rooms or suites will vary in size from being lavish duplex types with extra bedrooms, dining areas, private bars and a butler, to simply having an extra bedroom and a larger balcony.

Cabin Pricing

Naturally the best budget cabins will be the inside cabins, and then the outside cabins, followed by the balcony cabins and then the suites. However keep your eyes open for special deals like upgrades and outside cabins for the price of an inside cabin and so on. The best time to book your cruise is usually as early as possible, or at the last minute – up to 2 months before the cruise. Cruise fares fluctuate leading up to the big day so a taking a chance may pay off or it might not! A ‘guarantee cabin’ deal is when you pay the lowest rate for the cabin type and the cruise ship selects your cabin for you. As you can guess, this could go badly wrong and leave you stuck with a less than perfect cabin, or you may get lucky and end up with the best of the best in your category.

A cruise ship cabin is essentially a place to rest your head at night. During the day, and often well into the evening, you’ll be out and about enjoying the various amenities on the ship, and exploring the fascinating destinations you’ll visit. However, some people prefer more alone time, dinners on their private balcony and a more spacious sleeping arrangement. Your personal preferences, budget and research should go a long way in helping you to select the best cabin for your personal needs. Speak to your Cruiseabout consultant today to find out more about selecting the best cabin for your next cruise holiday!