In which cabin you’ll be staying doesn’t only play a major role in the cost of your cruise. It also plays a major role in the overall experience aboard the chosen ship. For that reason, we think it is very important to know the difference between the different categories of cabins:
These are the least expensive cabins on every ship because they are the most basic type with no windows. So if you’ll be staying in an inside cabin, you won’t be able to enjoy the view of the ocean. You won’t even see the sunlight. And since they are also relatively small and fitted with bunk beds, they may seriously affect the atmosphere if you’re perhaps planning a romantic getaway for two. However, if you plan to spend most of the time outside the cabin, an inner cabin may work for you just perfectly. And save you a considerable amount of money too!
All outside cabins have a window providing a view of the ocean but they vary greatly in size, features and amenities.
One category higher are balcony cabins which, just like their name suggests, include a private balcony which makes them ideal for passengers who prefer more privacy. Again, the size, layout and features vary greatly between one cabin to another.
These are the largest and the most luxurious cabins on every ship, no matter if it’s small riverboat or large ocean liner. In addition to having sleeping and living spaces separated, suites also include private balconies and high-end amenities. They are intended for the most demanding passengers with a deeper pocket.
They aren’t a category per se as they are either inside or outside cabin. Most cruise ships have only a few solo cabins and they tend to sell out very quickly. This is because solo travellers who are staying in a standard cabin are charged the single supplement ranging from 25 to 100 percent of the fare price.
Where the cabin is located also matters. A lot! For example, ‘poor’ location can trigger or aggravate seasickness. Also, you don’t want to be located far away from the lifts, especially if sailing on a large ship as the distance can be significant. Likewise, you may have difficulties falling asleep if your cabin is next to a high-traffic hallway, below stateroom or adjacent to the laundry room due to the noise. So pick the location wisely!