What Cruise Cabin is Right for You?
By Anna Lynn Sibal
One of the essential decisions that you will have to make when planning out your cruise is picking out the cabin that you will be staying in. What kind of cabin you are bunked in and where it is located in the ship can play a big factor on how your trip is going to be like. Choosing a cabin depends on how much you can afford to spend on it, what kind of lifestyle you lead, and how long your vacation is going to be. Choosing a cabin is a personal decision and should be made based on what is important to you.
The best way of going about the choosing of which cabin to stay in on your cruise is by scrutinizing the layout of each deck of the ship. You can ask for the layout from your travel agent, and you can also download it from the website of the cruise line you have chosen for your trip. As you plan your cruise, you will discover that there are many types of cabins you can choose from and that the price of each cabin can vary according to the size of the cabin and its location on the ship.
There are four types of cabins according to the size of the cabin. These cabins are:
Standard inside cabins. Standard inside cabins have floor areas ranging from 120 to 180 square meters. The amenities that can be found inside a standard inside cabin are similar to that of a standard room of a hotel: a queen-sized bed or twin beds, a satellite TV set, air conditioning, a closet and some storage space for your clothes and personal items, a telephone, a hair dryer, and other items. Standard inside cabins do not have windows or portholes, and the bathroom is small, usually having only a shower cubicle rather than a tub.
Standard outside cabin with ocean view. A standard outside cabin with an ocean view is the same size and has the same amenities as a standard inside cabin. The only difference between the two of them is that the standard outside cabin has a porthole or a window. However, this porthole or window cannot be opened, and the only thing you can see from there is the splashing of the waters and whether it is already daytime or nighttime. A standard outside cabin costs less than other cabins and they are often located on the lower decks of the ship.
Cabins with balconies. Cruise ships now offer cabins with their own balconies. This type of cabin is slightly larger than a standard cabin and usually has a small sitting area. Sliding glass doors open to the balcony. Some cabins of this type have balconies that only have space for a small table and a couple of chairs. There are cruise ships where cabins with balconies offer no privacy from the neighboring cabins.
Suites. Suites are the largest cabins on a cruise ships. Most luxury liners only have suites. Suite cabins have separate and distinct areas for sleeping and for sitting around. The bathrooms found in suite cabins are also bigger and have bathtubs. Cruise liners often have special amenities for passengers staying in suites, including butler service.
Cruise ship cabins are also grouped according to their location on the ship. Every location has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Lower deck cabins. Cabins located at the lower decks are the cheapest and guarantee a smooth ride for the ship passenger across the waters. However, lower deck cabins are often the farthest ones from the common areas of the ship and are beset with engine noise and anchor noise.
Higher deck cabins. The cabins located at higher decks are the closest to the pool and the sun decks of the ship. They cost a little more than lower deck cabins, but passengers staying in higher deck cabins are apt to experience more rocking motion there. It is not recommended for people prone to seasickness.
Midship cabins. Midship cabins are found at the central area of the ship. Their location is good for accessibility. However, this also means that the passenger staying there will be more liable to be disturbed by passing traffic. The view from midship cabins is also often limited by the lifeboats.
Bow cabins. Bow cabins are right smack at the front of the ship and passengers staying there get the most in motion, wind and sea spray. Suites are usually located here and they have large balconies.
Aft cabins. Aft cabins are found at the rear of the ship and always offer lovely views from the balconies. The balconies are also larger. However, aft cabins are usually located a few decks below restaurants and lounges, so they offer less privacy and more litter blown from the establishments above.
Always pick a cabin according to what is important for you. You will get the most out of your vacation if you choose the perfect cabin to stay in during your cruise.