Choosing Cruise Cabin: Types, Location and Views
There are a number of variables you’ll want to consider closely while planning a cruise of any kind, and your cabin on the ship itself is always an important one. Also known as a stateroom, cruise ship cabins are similar to hotel rooms in some ways, though generally smaller and with some differing characteristics due to the space available aboard a ship.
At Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures, we’re happy to detail cabin qualities and options for any of our trips with other members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whether you’re taking a cruise to Alaska, a Mediterranean, the Panama Canal or any of our other wonderful destinations. What are the various cabin types generally available to you on a cruise ship, and which factors should you be evaluating while deciding on a cabin? This two-part blog series will go over several variables.
Cruise Cabin Types
There are four cruise cabin types generally found on standard vessels:
- Inside: The smallest type of room, which contains no window.
- Outside: A slightly larger room with a window view to the outside. These will sometimes be referred to as ocean view cabins.
- Balcony: A moderately-sized room that includes a verandah for you to step out on. This usually includes a couple chairs and a small table.
- Suite: A larger room that may have separate living and sleeping areas, plus additional perks and amenities in many cases.
Which other variables should you be thinking about when selecting cabin, cabin location and more? Our next several sections will dig in.
Where the Cabin Is Located on the ship
Cabin location is important for a variety of reasons, from your distance to various ship areas and amenities to how stable your room is. For those who get seasick or motion sick, this latter area is important: The lower you are in the ship, and the closer to the center, the more stable your experience will be. Also think about noise when choosing your cabin location. Specifically, the pool deck itself tends to be the noisiest for the most hours per day – if you want to avoid this, book a room either above or below this level.
While your cabin type will play a role in your view (those booking inside cabins won’t have a window, as we went over), there are several other factors here as well. There are numerous room options when it comes to views specifically, from forward- and aft-facing balconies to scenic views, obstructed views and even no views for inside cabins.
For more on how to choose your cabin for any cruise trip, or to learn about any of our trips with other members of the Church, speak to the staff at Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures today.
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