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Cruise Cabins: The Basic 4 Categories


All ships come come with the same basic four types.

Inside cabin: Typically the least expensive, these often are the same size and configuration as an outside cabin but lack a window or porthole. Drapes or curtains hung on one wall give the illusion of a window.

If you plan to enjoy the ports of call and lounge by the pool during days at sea, an inside cabin may be perfect. Especially if you like to sleep in a very dark room.

Interior decorators use mirrors to camouflage the size of a room so it may seem larger than it really is. Even if there's no window.

Outside Cabin: Either has a picture window or porthole. Other amenities are the same as an inside cabin. Some outside cabins have what's called a partially obstructed view.

Balcony: Also called a verandah, these cabins usually have a sliding glass door from ceiling to floor that opens onto a small balcony containing 2 chairs and a table. Beware that your balcony may have a limited view. Ask your travel agent to be certain you're not disappointed. Most balcony cabins also have a sitting area with a small sofa or love seat with cocktail table.

Suite: The most expensive and they vary greatly in size and amenities. A bottle of champagne on ice will greet you upon arrival and you shouldn't have trouble unpacking considering all the roomy closets provided. Your bathroom may even include a Jacuzzi-style tub and a separate shower with imported soaps, lotions, and other toiletries.

Suites often include a small refrigerator stocked with bottled water and your favorite alcoholic beverages. Extras vary according to the cruise line but may include a private sun deck, separate sleeping area and a butler serving morning breakfast and hors devours in the afternoon.

 

Each type of stateroom is usually divided into different categories. You'll need to check out individual ships to determine what's best for you.

Note: The higher above the waterline, the more a cabin is likely to feel movement in rought seas. Some of the most expensive cabins are on the highest decks. Staterooms at the bow of the ship also experience the most rocking and rolling compared to those aft.

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