You’re gearing up for that cruise, and you want the best vacation you can possibly have. Choosing the right stateroom can mean the difference between a great time and a not-so-great time. Let me preface by saying that a traveling by cruise ship is one of my all-time favorite family vacations. The time you spend in your stateroom is completely up to you. Price is always a factor but if you are like me, you always want your own space. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you make your stateroom choice.
There are four basic stateroom types on a cruise ship. They are:
Inside: This type of stateroom, or cabin is located on an inside corridor and has no window.
Outside: An outside cabin is located along the exterior wall of the ship and has a porthole or window that provides a view to the outside.
Balcony: A balcony cabin is located along the outside wall and includes a balcony that will allow you to enjoy being outside without having to spend time on a public deck.
Suite: A suite is a larger stateroom that usually has a separate living area away from the sleeping area. A suite also usually includes a variety of perks and extra amenities that you will enjoy.
Do you get seasick? If so, then the location you choose for your stateroom is rather important. Choose a cabin that is low and in the central part of the ship or midship to avoid swaying.
Do you want your cabin to be situated close to or far away from specific areas of the vessel? An upper-deck location that is close to the sun deck and swimming pools may be an ideal choice if you hope to catch plenty of sun. If you want to enjoy some partying and entertainment while on your cruise, a cabin located midship might be the best choice.
Are you hoping to enjoy quiet while you are in your cabin? If so, then you should try to snag a cabin that is away from the Lido Deck, the service areas, lounges or bars, and even the laundry areas. Cabins that are located low and aft can also be a bit noisy due to the engine and anchor. Your best option in order to cut back on noise is to choose a cabin that is directly above and directly below another cabin.
How much space do you need in a cabin?
If you are traveling with your family, you may need a suite so there is enough room for everyone and all the stuff that comes with you.
An outside and an inside cabin are basically the same size with the only real difference being that one has a window and the other doesn’t.
A balcony stateroom is usually about the same size or only slightly larger than an inside or outside stateroom, but it does have some additional step-out space thanks to the veranda.
When choosing your stateroom, knowing a little bit about what is available can help you make your choice. Ultimately, though, price and availability may make your stateroom choice for you.
Do you have additional tips in choosing the perfect stateroom? Do you feel the size or location of your stateroom matters on a cruise ship?