If you’re planning a cruise, it can seem like there is an overwhelming range of options,
prices, and other considerations to sort through when choosing a cabin. But in terms of
actual cabin type, most cabins fall into one of just four categories, each with different
drawbacks and advantages:
Also called “inside” cabins, this category of cruise staterooms is exactly what
it sounds like: namely, windowless rooms located on the interior of the ship. While this
may not sound appealing at first, this type of cabin is typically the cheapest on the ship,
and is therefore often the best choice for travelers on a budget. Inside cabins can also be
a good option if you’re not intending to spend very much time in your room.
This cabin category offers natural light and ocean views through a porthole or
other closed window; this means you’ll get to see, if not smell the fresh ocean air in your
room. The most important thing to be aware of in this category is that the size of the
window can vary considerably depending on where on the ship the cabin is located. In
addition, the view from some cabins can be obstructed by lifeboats or railings, although
this should always be identified on cruise booking websites.
This type of cabin has a door opening out onto a private verandah, but as
with the outside view cabins, these balconies can range considerably in size. Some are
just big enough for one or two people to stand on, others have enough room for a small
table with two chairs. A balcony cabin is good option if you want to enjoy some privacy
without having to always be inside your room, but do consider how much use you think
you’ll make of the balcony, as this cabin category can be significantly more expensive.
Depending on the ship, suites can come in all sizes and shapes, but typically they
are larger and feature an extra room (or a more clear delineation between sleeping and
living areas) and a Jacuzzi or bathtub. Compared with other cabin categories, there are
not as many suites per ship, so they tend to sell out quickly. This category is expensive,
but it can offer very good value for the space and amenities you’ll enjoy.