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One of my favorite things about cruising is the planning and research. In fact I usually
start researching a new cruise on the way home from the last. It’s like a puzzle for
me, and I want to make sure all the little pieces fit perfectly; from choosing the ship
and itinerary, right down to picking the perfect cabin. If you’re new to cruising, selecting
a cabin might seem a little overwhelming, so be sure to do your research and work carefully
with your travel agent to make the right choice for you. Cruise lines offer many cabin choices
– like 20-30 different categories. It sounds crazy, but, like doing a puzzle, you can sort
through the obvious stuff and then narrow it down to the remaining options.
In this case the obvious stuff can be broken down into essentially four basic types of
cabins: Inside Cabins: which will have no window and
are typically the smallest. Outside Cabins: which in many cases will be
about the same size as an inside cabin but will have a window or porthole with some kind
of view (we’ll come back to this later). Balcony Cabins: This is pretty obvious, but
yeah, you’ll have a balcony. (Ah, fresh air without the crowds).
And finally a Suite: There’s a ton of variety in this category, from mini suites, to owners
suites, but basically, A suite is a larger cabin, sometimes with separate rooms and upgraded
services and amenities…mmm…amenities. Okay, first step is to choose from these four
basic categories. If money’s not a concern, it’s a no-brainer. Go for a suite. Money’s
always a concern though, isn’t it? So, pick the best one you can afford.
And there are other things to consider as well. Maybe you can afford a balcony, but
you’re more of an “out and about” type of person, and see your cabin as just a place
to sleep and shower. Or maybe it’s a short cruise. Why spend the extra cash? You could
Use the money you save on a fun excursion instead, and get an inside cabin. On the other
hand, if you like hanging out in your room, or it’s a longer cruise, or perhaps you
have kids and need more space, then we strongly recommend a balcony. There have been a few
occasions where we chose an inside cabin to save money, and later regretted the decision.
You should also consider a balcony on cruises like Alaska when there may be beautiful vistas.
It will cost you more, because balcony cabins are popular on scenic cruises, but it may
be worth the splurge. All right… on to the next piece of the puzzle.
Let’s talk about location. There are many factors to consider when selecting where you
want your cabin. For us, noise level is the first consideration. We try to pick a cabin
far away from nightclubs, elevators, buffets, and other high traffic areas. Typically we
are looking for something at the end of a hall. That’s usually going to mean we’ll
have to walk a lot farther to the main areas of the ship, but we don’t mind.
Now, if you’re prone to seasickness, then that may be your primary concern when picking
a cabin. You may want to choose a cabin on the lowest deck around mid-ship. You’ll
avoid the rocking and rolling at the forward and aft areas of the ship. That extra movement
tends to aggravate seasickness. You may also want to make your decision based
on proximity to areas important to you. Some people like to be really close to the pool,
spa, buffet, casino or other hotspot to cut down on walking. And along those lines, if
you have difficulty getting around you’ll want to look for a cabin as close to the elevators
as possible. There’s a lot more we could cover in this
area, and perhaps we’ll come back to this topic in in another episode. But before we
close this one out we have two tips for you. First, if you decide on a cabin with “a
view” make sure you know what that view is. Some cabins have obstructed views – like
lifeboats, poles etc’. And some have deck views. While these cabins may be less expensive,
if you’re expecting a full ocean view, you may be disappointed.
Second, if you’ll be cruising along a coastline, you could consider choosing your cabin based
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