A cruise ship stateroom is truly a wonder of design and engineering: an efficient space that’s well-equipped to serve as your personal sanctuary during a cruise. And, you don’t even need to make your own bed: your cabin steward will keep everything ship-shape.
While your stateroom provides everything you need, they are smaller than your average hotel room. But, we’ll let you in on a few secrets that can help you organize and make the most of the space.
For example, even frequent cruisers may not know that stateroom walls are magnetic – all of a ship’s structure is made of metal. Bring along a few refrigerator magnets to stick up important papers and notices where you can see them.
The majority of cruise ship staterooms are equipped with two beds that can be combined as one larger bed. If the beds aren’t configured the way you want when you board, just ask your cabin steward to make a change. Also, many stateroom designs allow the bed to be re-oriented – if you want to sleep with your head pointing a different direction, just let your steward know.
While you’re considering the bed, take a look under it. Some rest on a closed platform, but many have storage space underneath. It may be large enough for your suitcase and shoes, freeing up closet space.
Cruise ship bathrooms are also small and efficient, equipped with a toilet, sink, shower and a bit of counter space – but, probably not a ventilation fan. Bring along a scented air freshener that you can hang from the door handle – the type you hang from a car’s rearview mirror works well.
Cruise lines equip their staterooms with nice amenities – toiletries, a hairdryer, a safe, stationery and pens – so you won’t need to bring those items along. You can also request the use of a robe and slippers, if they aren’t already hanging in your stateroom closet.
Finally, ask Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, to help you select a cabin that offers a little something extra (there aren’t a lot of these, so it helps to book as far in advance as possible). Depending on the ship’s design, there may be cabins that offer some extra square footage, a larger balcony, multiple windows or a larger bath.
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