Wednesday, 26 October 2011


The most common question I get from first time cruisers regarding cabins is "Where is the best place on the ship?"

The first myth I'd like to displace is that on today's large modern day cruise ships there are no passenger cabins located below the vessels waterline.

When choosing a cabin there are four basic Cabin categories to be familiar with:

Inside/Interior - as the name suggests these are located in the interior portion of the ship and as such do not have any windows.

Outside/Oceanview - located on the outside of the ship, windows may be just a porthole, a small window, or large picture window. Window sizes will vary depending on cruise line and deck level

Balcony - generally located on upper decks, have a private balcony area
Suites - generally located on the upper passenger decks, have the largest floor space of any cabin type, also have a private balcony area

And in addition there are three basic deck placements to be familiar with regarding movement of the ship when at sea:
Mid-ship - commonly know as the most stable part of the ship and subsequently the most popular location
Aft - rear of ship, the second most stable area
Forward - front of ship, the area most likely to experience movement in rougher waters and because of this generally the last cabins available

So why is there a difference in price between categories? Cabins are generally priced according to deck level and location, so in short, the cheapest cabins will be in the least favoured parts of the ship, whilst the more expensive options are either larger in size or will be in the prime locations.

For many passengers price is quite often the driving force behind their final cabin choice, however there are some key things you need to also consider to ensure your holiday is everything you want it to be, and not ruined by a poor choice of cabin:
* Consider the length of your cruise. I find the shorter the cruise the more popular choice will be for an interior cabin, but anything over 10 nights at least a window is a great option so your body clock doesn't get completely disrupted by the lack of natural light
* How much time do you plan on spending in your cabin? By this I mean are you the type to stay up all night partying, then spend all day sleeping; the type who will get out and experience everything the ship and destinations have to offer; or the type that wants to split their time 50/50 in the privacy of their cabin as well as enjoying the ships facilities.
* Do you suffer from motion or seasickness? If so it's definitely worth paying a little bit more and booking a mid-ship located cabin.
* Are you on the cruise for a specific reason? Many people opt to take cruises for honeymoons, anniversaries, birthday celebrations and numerous other reasons. If it is a special event it is honestly worth spending a little bit more to upgrade to either a Oceanview or Balcony cabin.

So how can you guarantee the best cabin availability? That's simple really, the earlier you book the more cabins will be available and subsequently the higher the chance of getting either the cabin number or location you really want. The closer to departure date you book the fewer options will be available to you.

I highly recommend before you book anything to familiarise yourself with a deck plan of the ship you are travelling on. Then when you are ready to book you can specifically request cabin numbers, location or such like. Our our website offers access to deck plans for all the ships on sale, just click on the ‘Decks’ button within any itinerary to access these.

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