Selecting a cabin for your next cruise is a little like choosing a home: you should consider location, size and price. After all, your cabin will be your home while you’re on the ship.
Let’s start with location, which can have a big
effect on your cruise enjoyment. The first thing to know is
that “inside” cabins are very
nice, but they don’t have windows (although some
ships use technology to create virtual windows). If
you want natural light, choose an “outside” cabin; but, the
size of your window may depend on the deck your cabin is
on. On lower decks, there may be a porthole or small
window, while mid-level decks and higher often have larger
windows, or some sliding doors that open to balconies.
The vertical location of your cabin is important:
cabins on lower decks usually provide the
smoothest ride, good if you don’t like to feel the motion
of the ship. On higher decks, you’re more likely to feel a bit of sway,
but you’ll be closer to swimming pools, dining spaces and other
Consider horizontal location, too. If you
want one of the widest views on the ship, look
at outside cabins at the bow (front) or the
aft (rear) of the ship. But, know that bow cabins tend
to feel the most motion; and, aft balconies can lack
privacy. Mid-ship cabins usually have good stability and are
often close to elevators.
On some ships, all cabins are about the same
size; on others, they range
from about 100 square feet to lofted,
multi-bedroom suites. Balconies also vary in size,
from small Juliet balconies to expansive outdoor spaces. If your
budget allows, treat yourself to some extra square footage and a
balcony you can sit and relax on.
And that brings us to price: always an important
consideration. When deciding which cabin options fit your
budget, remember the other costs of
your cruise vacation, which may include airfare, shore
excursions, a spa treatment or two, and beverages onboard. Ask your
professional travel advisor to let you know about any special offers
that could help you reserve a great cabin while saving more
of your budget for other things.
And, remember that what seems to be a great
deal on a cabin may mean it has a less-attractive feature, such
as a little engine noise or a partially blocked view.
Anita, your travel advisor, can help you consider all the options and
make the best choice for you.
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