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What to Consider When Choosing a Cruise Ship Cabin

Updated: Oct 22, 2022

When it comes to exciting and unforgettable travel experiences, nothing quite beats a cruise vacation. Whether an adventurous, fun-filled getaway or relaxing, leisurely sojourn, cruising has everything you need to enjoy a great time at sea. Your quarters will have a big impact on how much you enjoy your overall experience.

Here are some of the biggest factors to consider when choosing your ideal accommodations:

Size & Type

The number of people in your party and type of vacation you’re planning will affect the optimal dimensions of your cabin, as it should be comfortable and feature plenty of space for all.

Most cruise lines offer a variety of sizes and styles to appeal to a variety of tastes and preferences.

Here’s what to expect from some of the most common designs:

  • Interior: Typically smaller without much of a view, these are great options for travelers sailing on a budget.

  • Outside: Similar to the sizes and styles of interior rooms, these tend to cost more and feature ocean views.

  • Balcony: These offer outside terraces for sunlight, fresh air, and spectacular views.

  • Suites: Extra comfy and luxurious, these boast plenty of space, individual living areas, and added amenities such as balconies, jacuzzis, and more.

For families traveling with children, a larger room or suite may be warranted, whereas group travelers may prefer neighboring or interconnected cabins. Solo travelers looking to stay on budget, or those who don’t plan to spend much time inside their accommodations, will find an interior or outside design perfect, while couples can enjoy a romantic stay in a balcony selection.


Where your cabin is located on the ship is also something to consider when making your decision. Cruise ships can be massive, so the perfect location hinges on a traveler’s preferences, sensitivities, and sheer convenience.

If you’re looking to avoid loud noises and crowds, find one further away from the attractions.

If you want a great view, try a balcony or spot at the back overlooking the ship’s wake.

If sensitive to seasickness, midship on the lower decks offer more stable experiences.

If you’re traveling with seniors or those who may have trouble climbing stairs, choose close proximity to the elevators.

If you plan to be outside in the sun a lot, choose an upper-deck option near the pools and sun decks.

Be sure to consider direction, any potentially obstructed views, and how close you want to be to different services and attractions, when booking your trip.


Cruise lines have many different tiers and options, and while you can expect basic services and amenities across the board, some lodgings have additional features and perks that could enhance your stay.

Bonuses can include balconies, jacuzzis, bars or dining areas, spa packages, walk-in closets, larger baths, and more. If you don’t plan on spending much time inside—preferring to explore the ship and ports of call—the standard comforts will suffice. A luxurious suite with exclusive perks will be optimal for those craving all the bells and whistles.

Do your research before booking to discover available amenities, services,and bonuses.


Your budget will be the ultimate determinant in your choice of accommodations.

Interior options are by far the cheapest and thriftiest, perfect for solo or budget trips. Outer rooms tend to cost a bit more than interior, but are still among the least expensive, with better views.

Balcony rooms boast more space, along with refreshing sunlight and ocean views. Suites are the most expensive and luxurious, with plenty of space, incredible amenities, and other perks.

Planning a cruise vacation can be difficult. The best way to ensure an unforgettable experience is to work with a qualified travel advisor. Our Travel Gardener Advisor Network professionals are experienced and knowledgeable about the best cruise lines, destinations, and activities for your trip.

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