How to Choose a Cabin for your Cruise Vacation - 10 Tips and Factors to Consider

As travelers plan to cruise the open waters for the first time, this personal adventure is one that involves selecting just the right cabin to accommodate a wide range of factors. When it comes to selecting a cruise cabin, details such as budget, size, and amenities often sway an individual's decision. Depending on the people attending the cruise, one factor may hold more importance than another. For instance, a cabin located close to a noisy part of the ship may cost less if one is willing to deal with the racket during their stay. Below you will find some of the main factors that people consider when choosing a cabin for a cruise.
Cabin Options

There are many different types of cabins to consider when selecting a place to lay your head when you've exhausted yourself during the day. Usually, one person will select a single cabin, while a double holds two people. Triples and quads are made for three or four travelers, who may or may not enjoy the comfort of a bed. An inside cabin does not provide a window or view, whereas oceanview cabins allow guests to enjoy sights beyond a porthole or window. Larger accommodations are also available through the selection of a mini-suite or suite, which showcases a range of convenient features.


Usually, the more amenities offered with a cabin, such as desirable views – the higher the cost. When working on a budget, you may opt for smaller accommodations to save money. The time of the year you book your cruise will also affect the price. Holidays often showcase inflated rates, while the summertime fills cabins to the hilt.


Depending on the cruise you attend, cabins are offered in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Some accommodations are as small as 100 square feet (including a bathroom) to more than 5,000 square feet on larger ships that takes up a sizeable chunk of the upper deck.


The layout of a cabin is presented through the various sitting and sleeping areas that a selected space will provide. Larger options, such as the mini-suite, place travelers in a larger cabin with an ocean view. Separate sections of the cabin are sometimes set aside for dining, sleeping, and social activities. Depending on the type of cabin you choose, you may have access to a variety of extra perks.

Sleeping Arrangements

The number of people traveling with you on a cruise will determine the kind of sleeping arrangements you wish to secure. Some may require their own bed, while others are fine with crashing on a sleeper sofa. When traveling with children, sleeping arrangements often becomes of importance.

Number of Beds

Some cabins offer a regular bed, while other accommodations present alternate sleeping options. Usually a double will fit two people, who may have their choice between twin beds, a double bed, or a queen/king sized model. In triples and quads, sometimes the third and fourth traveler may have to sleep on a folding upper bed, bunk bed, or sleeper sofa.


The location of a cabin is also important because it could be the difference between having a restful night's sleep and hearing the clamor of passengers as they use the staircase or elevator located close by. Cabins located below a jogging track, main deck, disco, the galley, restaurant, or close to anchors and machinery pose the most problems.

Amenities & Extra Perks

Cruise cabins are known to present an array of extra features and amenities that increase in lavishness with the more money you spend. For example, most staterooms possess wall-to-wall carpeting, extra storage space, and satellite television. Some cabins provide VCR or DVD access or a variety of radio and music channels to enjoy. Suites may offer access to a wet bar or decked out bathrooms with the possibility of a Jacuzzi.


When traveling aboard a cruise, one of the most unique draws includes the ever-changing view of natural surroundings, local wildlife, and the changing sky. Some cabins offer spectacular views, while others are made with no windows. Depending on where your cabin is located, you may or may not endure an obstructed view from lifeboats, the hull, or other pieces of equipment. Sometimes, these rooms cost less than other selections.

Outside Access

Some travelers want to enhance their cruise by enjoying access to the open air from their accommodations. For a little extra money, cabins with balconies or verandas are available, which allow individuals to enjoy a morning cup of coffee by the light of a sunrise or sip a martini by nightfall. Outside access from a cabin also allows travelers great opportunities to enjoy the nature scene of cruise destinations, such as the Panama Canal, the Yucatan Peninsula, or Alaska.


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