Cruise TipsChoosing your Cabin

Choosing your Cabin

Once you have chosen which cruise to take, choosing the cabin that is right for you is the next step.  Cabins can range from 5,000 sq ft villas to small 130 sq ft inside rooms.  Amenities can range from jacuzzi tubs and butler service to private balconies that provide a quiet relaxing space for you to get away from all the activities of the ship.

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Which cabin is right for you?  Let’s review the cabin choices so you can pick which one is perfect for your vacation.


The most expensive but luxurious option is to book a suite.  Some suites can be up to 5,000 sq ft on a few select ships, although most range in the 400-1,500 sq ft range.  Getting a suite will provide you with many extra amenities that are not available to other passengers.  You will get butler and concierge service, extra options for dining, and priority seating and boarding.  Some suites even come with a jacuzzi tub on the balcony.  Booking a suite for a cruise is a great way to pamper yourself, although it can be a little pricey.

Balcony Rooms

Balcony rooms are usually around the same size as most ocean view rooms. Balcony rooms are perfect for those that like to spend a lot of time in their room.  They get a quiet place to relax and enjoy the view of the ocean away from the hustle and bustle of the ship.  Balcony cabins are also extremely popular on cruises to Alaska where the scenery can be breathtaking.  If you don’t plan on spending much time in your room, spending the extra money on a balcony cabin most likely isn’t worth it.

Ocean View Rooms

Ocean view rooms are popular for the fact that usually you can get them for a little more than an inside room and you have a window for a view.  It is nice waking up in the morning and being able to see what the weather is and get your first glimpse of the port that you are in.  Some ships have obstructed view rooms that they offer at a discounted rate.  You will likely have a lifeboat in front of your window but you do get natural light coming in.

Inside Rooms

Inside rooms offer travelers the best option when traveling on a budget.  There are some cruisers who always get an inside room since they are only in their room to sleep and it allows them to save money and go on more cruises.  While staying in an inside room can seem like you are in a closet, you can turn your television on to the ship cam so you can see where the ship is going.  If you like to save money and only plan to be in your room to sleep, then an inside room can be the perfect option for you.

When choosing a cabin, it all really depends on how much you want to spend and how much time you plan on spending in your room.  Everyone is different and has different preferences.  As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.  The more you pay the more options and amenities you will receive, with suite passengers getting the most.

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Ben Souza
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Cruise TipsChoosing your Cabin

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