Cabins without windows (called interior or inside cabins) don’t have exterior walls, so there’s no opportunity for a sea view. But that doesn’t mean these cabins are always dark; cruise ship designers use lighting to make the inside cabins bright and welcoming. If you expect to use it just for sleeping and showering, an inside cabin can be a good choice: they are usually the lowest-priced cabins on the ship.
Amazingly, some ships use technology to equip inside cabins with exterior views. Inside cabins on some Disney Cruise Line ships have “magic portholes,” which are small screens built into the walls and linked to exterior cameras. Inside cabins on some Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ships have “virtual balconies,” which are floor-to-ceiling LED screens that also show real-time views from outside. You may forget that you don’t actually have a window.
If you want a cabin with a window (called outside or ocean view cabins), you’re likely to have some options, starting with cabins that have portholes. These small, round windows bring in light and views, but usually don’t open. To have a larger window that opens, you may need to pay a bit more for an outside cabin on a higher deck.
Balcony cabins admit even more natural light and wider views through swinging or sliding glass doors. Some cruise fans simply won’t sail without a balcony, which can be an oasis of calm on a busy ship; it may not be large, but it will be all yours. If you want a bigger balcony, look at forward and aft cabins that face out over the bow or the stern of the ship, which often have larger-than-standard balconies.
If you want a balcony and your budget allows it, consider reserving a suite. In addition to more inside space, many suites come with larger balconies, or even more than one. Be sure to reserve as early as possible, as balcony cabins are very popular and can be the first type of cabin to sell out.
Of course, exactly what types of inside and outside cabins are available to you depends on the cruise line and ship you choose. Let Anita, your professional travel advisor, help you select a cruise line, ship and cabin that will provide you with a great experience.
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