While I always love to have a balcony cabin on my cruises there are many times that I will go for an interior stateroom instead. Some say an inside cabin on a cruise ship is the best place to sleep and will only consider an interior cabin for the reasons listed below.
If you can give up the great view from your room you may find that those 4 windowless walls aren’t so bad after all. The “best cruise ship cabin” for you depends largely on why you’re going on a cruise in the first place.
You can save a ton of money
Guaranteed cabins get you the lowest price and a chance for free upgrades. Think about it. You still get to eat the same food as everyone else, swim in the same pools, and see the same entertainment. Except for the passengers who booked a suite or are part of a spa membership, almost all of the available amenities are the same. And ships that are not sold out will often offer free or very affordable upgrades. Interior cruise cabins are looking better already!
You can go on more cruises because you spent less
If you want to be able to go on as many cruises as possible and try every cruise ship on earth, you will want to book inside cabins. You can go on twice as many cruises for the same price if you stay in an interior cabin instead of a balcony. Being a more frequent cruiser means more loyalty perks as well.
Sometimes it’s nice to be able to try out a cruise line or cruise ship you have never been on before. But since you’ve never sailed with this new cruise line you don’t necessarily want to spend a boat load of cash on a veranda stateroom. Try out an interior cruise cabin instead for a fraction of the cost. This way you can see if you like the ship before going on a more extravagant vacation.
You end up spending more time walking around the ship and enjoying free amenities
An interior stateroom is basically a box. A box with no view. So it’s pretty much just a place where you sleep, which means you will spend more time out and about on the ship. While it’s nice to hang out on your own personal balcony you can get your money’s worth when you’re enjoying all the ship has to offer. Whenever I have an interior stateroom I always spend much more time out and about and finding new things on the ship that I never saw before.
You can sleep in complete darkness
Yes, in a balcony room you can close those big curtains to block out most of the light, but for those who like to sleep in complete darkness and not have the morning sun waking them up, an interior cabin is the way to go. This can also be a negative as it can be hard to determine what time of day it is when you’re sleeping in an inside cabin, but cruising is all about losing track of time anyway, right?
Ocean view rooms usually have very cloudy windows because of the salt water anyway, so there’s not much of a view there. It’s more for letting in light than anything else.
You can still enjoy great views and portable privacy
Don’t get me wrong. I love being able to wake up to a wonderful view from my own personal balcony. But even if you have an inside stateroom you can enjoy these views. You just have to walk up a few decks and join the general public to see it. Occasionally, even with a balcony stateroom you will have loud or obnoxious neighbors that make spending time on the balcony less appealing. At least on deck you can move to a more quiet place. You just don’t have the convenience of your room being a few steps away. And the views on deck are better anyway since you have a more panoramic vantage point.
Less movement of the ship
This is especially true if you have a lower stateroom in the middle of the ship. Since interior cabins are away from the sides of the ship and closer to the center mass you should feel less movement on stormy days. If sea sickness is an issue just make sure your cabin is not in the very front or back (forward/aft) of the ship.
You save money. Yes, I said it twice.
There are many different reasons to go on a cruise. But if you really love cruising and money is a factor in how many cruises you can go on, then this can’t be over emphasized. Cheaper cruises means more cruises and more money left over for excursions, specialty dining, or anything else you want to splurge on.
If you are a cruiser who only uses the stateroom to change clothes or sleep then an interior cabin is a no-brainer.
Photo credit: Princess Cruises – Royal Princess