FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CRUISE CABIN GRADES AND THE TYPES OF FACILITIES PROVIDED IN EACH.
Before we delve into the details about cabin types, we’d suggest noting that many cruise lines refer to their cabins as staterooms. Remembering this fact may help avoid any confusion when comparing cabins between cruise lines.
Cruise ship cabins are generally split into four categories. These are as follows:
- Inside - This is the standard, smallest-sized room and doesn’t contain a window with an outside view.
- Outside - An outside cabin can sometimes be referred to as an ‘oceanview room’. Outside cabins are usually similar in size to an inside cabin or a little bit larger and they have a window looking out to sea. On most ships there are outside cabins with an ‘obstructed view’, this means there is a window but it may be partially covered by exterior structures e.g. Life Boats. Obstructed View cabins can sometimes cost less than those for which the view is unobstructed.
- Balcony - These cabins have a balcony that allows you to step outside of your cabin without having to go up to the public decking area. Balcony cabins are an attractive option if you prefer to have a little more privacy when sun bathing or simply if you want to enjoy a coffee outdoors before heading for breakfast in the morning.
- Suite - This is a larger cabin, often with a separate living and sleeping area. These are generally more luxurious and have a wide variety of extra amenities and services.
You may want to do your research before choosing a cabin so you know what elements to look out for. Here are some factors to consider when picking the perfect cabin location onboard:
- Stability - If you are someone who tends to suffer from seasickness, cabin location is key. The lower and more central you are in the ship, the less movement you will feel. Even if you opt for a stateroom with a balcony, choose the lowest level you can find.
- Distance - Some cruise guests know exactly where they want to stay, but if you are new to cruising, do some research into where certain things are on your ship. If you are a lover of the sun, you may prefer an upper-deck location close to the pools and sunbathing areas. Similarly, those that are keen to experience the nightlife on board may wish to be closer to the bars and clubs for easier access.
- Noise - If you’d like to avoid certain noises then we’d recommend asking for advice from the Cruise Consultant at the time of booking. Ship layouts vary and our Cruise Consultants can best advise where would be suitable if you want to avoid certain sounds.
Cruise ships come in all shapes and sizes, and so cabins are varied as a result. Balcony rooms can range from intimate sizes to huge wraparound decks with outdoor dining tables and hot tubs.
As previously mentioned, Inside and Outside cabins are generally very similar with a few minor differences. One in which being the porthole or window, which is there to allow natural light in. In addition, Balcony cabins can sometimes be the same size as a standard inside or outside cabin with the extra outdoor space on the balcony.
For many cruise guests, the cabin size they require is usually linked to the price. However, there are some size-related considerations to take into account:
- Outdoor space - Ask yourself whether you need a balcony on your cruise. If you are the kind of traveller that would prefer to spend your time in the public areas such as the sun decks, lounges and restaurants; you may be more than happy with no private outdoor space in your cabin. You might also want to take your itinerary into account too. If you are headed on cruise which enjoys cooler climates you might not want to spend too much time outside so a balcony won’t be top of your priorities.
- Family - Since cruising has become a more popular holiday choice for families, cruise lines are paying more attention to building family accommodations. Generally family cabins will feature a double bed that can be divided into twins, plus two bunk beds.
- Solo cabins - Most cruise holiday prices are based on double occupancy so if you are a solo traveller you’ll need to pay a single supplement. However, most cruise lines are now beginning to provide accommodation especially for the solo traveller e.g. the Norwegian Escape is now fitted with Studio rooms for solo passengers and these are priced for a single guest with no supplement needed.
All cabins come with the basic amenities that you’d find in most hotel rooms. You’ll also have a cabin steward who will service your room daily. Depending on the cabin grade you choose you may have access to extra services. For example guests in a Suite often have direct access to the Concierge or 24 hour Butler service.
Spa cabins are a popular choice for those who are planning to spend a lot of time in the spa. Spa cabins are usually slightly smaller than suites, but they have more amenities that an Inside, Outside or Balcony cabin. One of the perks of a Spa cabin is easy access to the spa, complimentary use of spa facilities and a discount on spa treatments.