Most ships offer several different categories of staterooms, and the larger the ship, the more categories there are. Still, there are really just four basic types of staterooms:
· Inside: usually the smallest, with no window (though some new ships have “virtual” windows)
· Outside/Oceanview: located on an exterior wall, with a porthole or window; often a little larger than inside staterooms
· Balcony: an outside stateroom that opens to a private balcony
· Suite: a larger outside stateroom that may have separate sleeping areas, plus extra amenities and perks
After you decide which of the four basic types you want, you can pick exactly which stateroom you want (as long as no one else picked it first). Your choice should be guided by what you need and want in terms of location and amenities.
To start, ask your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert to help you review the ship’s deck plans. Are you a sound sleeper? If so, it may be OK to locate closer to an elevator, which is convenient for getting around the ship. If not, you should probably choose a location away from the elevators and public spaces (including those that may be right above or below your stateroom).
To minimize how much you feel the ship’s movement while in your stateroom, choose one as low and as near the middle of the ship as possible. If you’d like to be close to a certain part of the ship – such as the pool deck, the spa, the dining spots – consider that in your choice, too.
All staterooms have nice amenities – a cabin steward who tidies up, toiletries, individual climate control and more. But, ask about extras for some stateroom categories: for example, suites often come with a complimentary mini-bar, fresh flowers, butler and concierge services, access to exclusive lounges and more.
If you’re traveling with family or on your own, some ships offer family suites or solo staterooms, too. Be sure to talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert about all the options.
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