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Choosing a Cabin for your Cruise

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and go on a cruise! That’s exciting! Now you need to decide what kind of cabin you’ll need on your wonderful holiday.

The choices are quite varied, and can truly make a difference to the enjoyment of your vacation. That does not mean that everyone needs to book the largest suite on the ship, certainly few people can afford to do that. What it does mean, is that you need to carefully consider the options available to you, and match them to your needs and desires.

Inside Cabin

These are the smallest, simplest cabins available on a cruiseship, generally about 150 sq ft. If you are the type of person who knows they will only use the cabin for sleeping and changing your clothes, then this may very well be the best option for you. Although they can be quite tiny, they are functional and will provide you with all you will need in the way of amenities in a cabin.

Outside Cabin

These are usually essentially the same as the inside cabin, but will offer a window of some sort, although it could be partially obstructed by a life boat. Again, if you are just sleeping and changing there it may be sufficient for you. You may find these are slightly larger than the inside cabin, about 165 sq ft and some ships will have variations which may be larger.

Balcony Cabin

These cabins can also be quite small, but the size is extended somewhat by the addition of a balcony. Having the option of enjoying your breakfast in the morning or a cool drink in the afternoon on a balcony can change your whole experience. Even if you don’t expect to use the balcony a lot, you will certainly appreciate having it. These staterooms are not necessarily larger than outside cabins, however will certainly seem so with the addition of the balcony.

Mini suite

These “suites” are a little larger than a balcony cabin, but don’t let the term suite fool you. These are still quite small, but again with the added luxury of a balcony could very well be just the compromise between cost and space that you decide to make.

Family Stateroom

This cabin may have bunk beds in a separate room, with the main bed in the living room. It’s a bit of a cross between a stateroom and a suite. The obvious advantage is that you can put the kids to bed at night and still be able to enjoy your cabin. Likely approximately 265 sq ft.

Family Suite

A family suite will quite possibly have two bedrooms, which is just great when you are travelling with children. No need to worry about sitting in the dark once the kids are asleep, you will have the whole living area to enjoy. These suites usually have a master ensuite as well as a common washroom, space for just relaxing, as well as a sofa bed for additional sleeping area. You are likely to find 2 televisions, possibly have access to movies and games as well as the concierge lounge which is a nice treat. In this category you can take advantage of having the concierge book appointments for you, or help you get on an excursion you may have procrastinated for too long to join.

Some of the larger family suites may have up to 4 bedrooms, and space for 14 people!

Penthouse Suite

Now you’re living the life! These suites are just fabulous! You may find a grand piano, butler’s pantry, a large balcony with a hot tub and a bar! These are usually quite large “cabins” with every luxury you can imagine. You are likely to have a member of the crew available for your every whim!

This is just a general guide, since the cruiseships can vary quite dramatically in the staterooms they offer. The newer ships seem to be catering more to families than ever before, so you should be able to find one that suits you well.

Happy Cruising!


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Sylvia2  

I love cruising. I generally go alone so I've got to get cheapest cabin, I get nicked with the dreaded single supplement. But I don't feel like sharing with strangers anymore ......... basically I can go with others but lately I've been preferring to travel solo. I also get the inside cabin but I've been lucky to get an upgrade (upgrade to a higher deck but still inside cabin). Oh well. Still love cruising! I'm trying to get my favourite Princess Cruise Line to be more solo friendly and maybe make ships to have cabins for solos only. The Norweign Epic has 128 rooms for solos and no single supplement added but not that fussy on their itinerary. Oh well, c'est la vie.

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