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Picking the Best Cabin for Your Cruise

Updated on December 17, 2014

Cabin or Stateroom?

Call it a Stateroom, call it a Cabin - a room on a cruise ship is just a room, right? Well, NO! How do you select the best one for you, then?

Just as you can choose to sleep at a budget motel, or a suite in a five star luxury hotel, you have choices when choosing the best cabin on a ship. And the best choice for you might not be exactly perfect for someone else.

Inside or Ocean View? Balcony or Promenade? Suite, Loft, or Garden Villa? Choosing your stateroom is a big part of planning a cruise.

I'll show some of the different types of accommodations on today's mass market lines, starting with affordable inside cabins. Then, we'll move 'up' from there. Along the way, you'll find some tips for picking the best stateroom for your time at sea.

What are my personal preferences? Well, that depends . . . Let's get on with it!

Photo: my own

The Queen Mary arrives in New York, 1945
The Queen Mary arrives in New York, 1945 | Source

In the Old Days . . .

There were "Classes" on Ocean Liners

In the days when great ocean liners made Atlantic crossings, "First Class" passengers enjoyed very different accommodations than the less fortunate in "Second Class," also sometimes referred to as "steerage." First Class was better attended to, and better fed in a luxuriously appointed dining room.

Today, only the Cunard Line sails true ocean liners , and maintains only a faint vestige of classes. There are (in descending order) Queen, Princess, and Britannia staterooms. Each does have its own dining room, but there's nothing remotely "steerage" about Cunard. Friends who are Cunarders report that 'even' Britannia passengers sail in well appointed cabins (some with balconies) and enjoy top drawer service and food throughout their voyage.

To find out more about the Cunard Queens that once plyed the ocean, see Queens of the Ocean Past

Photo: R.M.S.Queen Mary, having been pressed into war service as a troop transport, arrives in New York, June, 1945. (public domain photo)

Location, location, location

Could Make a Big Difference.

Here are some general considerations in choosing your cabin location:


"Ship Geography" by CruiseReady (affiliate link follows)
"Ship Geography" by CruiseReady (affiliate link follows) | Source

1 - The ship's stabilizers minimize pitching and rolling to SOME extent - not entirely. The higher the deck, the more you feel rolling (sidewards motion) while the effect of pitch (front to back rocking) is more pronounced when you're nearer the bow or stern. If you worry about sea-sickness, choose a midship cabin on a lower deck.

2 - Check the Deck Plans on the cruise line's site. Find out what is nearby the cabin you are considering. Example: What if the one you are considering is located right underneath the Disco Bar? That might be a poor choice if you like to turn in early.

3 - If you have mobility issues, book early to assure availability of one of the limited number of special handicapped accessible staterooms.

4 - Some cabins have an 'obstructed view.' Often, they are located right under where the lifeboats hang on the side of the ship. They're so marked on the the deck plans on the ship's website. Just be sure to check for this. (Sometimes obstructed view accommodations are discounted!)

U.S Traveler New Yorker Lightweight Expandable Rolling Luggage 4-Piece Suitcases Sets - Royal Blue
U.S Traveler New Yorker Lightweight Expandable Rolling Luggage 4-Piece Suitcases Sets - Royal Blue

This is a nice looking set, and I have heard good things about it.

It comes in four colors:

Black, Red, Royal Blue, and Gray.

 

Need New Luggage? - I am seriously considering this set

I should replace our luggage set before we take many more trips. On our last cruise, the couple next door to us had a set like this one, except theirs was in red.

After getting aquainted, I asked them how they liked it, and they went on about how satisfied they were with their New Yorker Luggage Set from US Traveler, and what a good buy it was. It turns out that this was actually the first time they had used the entire set. (The husband had taken the small case on a recent overnight business trip.) So, they couldn't really speak to the issue of durability, but from what I could see, it looked pretty sturdy.

So, I thought I would pass this along in case anyone else is in need of new luggage.

An inside cabin
An inside cabin | Source

Go INSIDE to Save Money

Big on Affordability- Small on Roominess

Inside cabins are just that - completely INSIDE the ship, with no outside exposure. They are also the smallest and most affordable rooms on a cruise ship.

Did I say small? Oh, yes. For example, on one of the older and smaller Royal Caribbean vessels, you'll have about 115-122 sq. ft, while on a newer, larger ship in the Princess feet, you get a whopping 160 sq. ft. - and that includes the bathroom!

Don't despair. If you spend any waking hours at all in your stateroom, you'll miss out on all the exciting things happening up on deck! It's really a sleeping and changing room, and that's typically all it's used for. (Honeymooners excepted, but they don't seem to mind spending hours in close proximity!)


My Word on Inside Cabins

... and Some Tips

Have I / Would I sail in an Inside cabin?

I have, and I would. (It's not my number one choice, however.)

I would IF it meant the difference between cruising and not cruising, and IF the duration of the voyage were 4 nights or less.

SOME TIPS:

1 - There is NO outside light coming into these staterooms, so switch off the lights, and it's pitch back. Bring along a travel alarm clock with a lit dial. Otherwise you'll have no earthly idea when morning has arrived!

2 - Space is at a premium. Hang up evrything you can right away and stow empty suitcases under the bed. Make up for the lack of countertop, shelf, and drawer space with an over-the-door shoe bag. It's the perfect solution! Use its pockets to safely 'stow' your camera, card key, sun lotion, and other gear where you can quickly and easily retrieve them.

3 - If you like to swim, bring AT LEAST two swim suits. Wet suits take forever to dry when hung in the bathroom of one of these cabins. There's nothing more miserable than having to put on a still-wet suit! Pack a couple of large zip-lock bags for packing still damp things in when going home time arrives, too.

Casio Snooze Daily Alarm Travel Clock
Casio Snooze Daily Alarm Travel Clock

A handy item for cruising - especially if you're in an inside stateroom!

 

Handy Items for Cruising in an Inside Cabin - These Will Be Helpful During Your Time On Board

When you pack to go on a voyage for which you've booked an inside cabin, keep two things in mind:

- No matter how small you imagine your accommodations will be, think smaller. Think less storage space.

- There is no ambient light at night once you are at sea. None. Take some small surce of light. A backlit travel clock may be enough for some. Others may prefer a small flashlight.

Some people take an over the door shoe bag for organizing their smaller items without using valuable dresser space.

A hanging cosmetic bag comes in quite handy, too.

Household Essentials 06910 Hanging Toiletry Travel Bag for Men and Women - Store Travel Accessories, Jewelry, and Cosmetics - Black
Household Essentials 06910 Hanging Toiletry Travel Bag for Men and Women - Store Travel Accessories, Jewelry, and Cosmetics - Black

A great storage and organizing aid for when you book an inside is one of these smaller hanging organizers, which is great for in the your cabin's small bathroom

 
Looking through the window in an 'obstructed view' cabin.
Looking through the window in an 'obstructed view' cabin. | Source

Ocean View Cabins

A Nice Middle Ground

Ocean View cabins are a nice middle ground between inside ones and the more expensive ones with their own private balconies.

Even within the Ocean View grouping, you may have additional choices to make. For example:

- Porthole (Usually on lower decks. Portholes don't open.)

- Window (No, these do not open, either)

- Obstructed View (the view is at least partially blocked, often by lilfeboats)

- Superior (larger than regular ocean view, with a sitting area, and more storage space)

- Family (limited number available - some have beds for up to six)

Note that not all of these choices apply to every ship of every line.

Just how much square footage you get varies from line to line and even from ship to ship within the same brand. But even the smaller ocean views are generally a bit larger than inside cabins - just a little bit! The Superior is larger than the regular ocean view. (Different lines may have different names for these.) The Family Ocean View cabins are the largest, often with a partitioned off sleeping area for the children. Some may utilize sofa-beds, wall fold-downs or bunks for the extra beds. Remember- efficient utilization of space is everything on a ship!

The question I hear most often about is "How obstructed is the view on an obstructed ocean view cabin?" The answer is that it can vary. In the above picture, which is fairly typical, you can see that, from this particular obstructed view stateroom, on deck 8 of one of Royal Caribbean's Sovereign class ships that we sailed in, the water is still visible. You also get a nice, close view of part of a lifeboat!


My Word on Ocean View Cabins

... and a Tip or Two.

Q -Have I / Would I sail in a 'room' with an Ocean View?

A - I have, and would.. . although, I would prefer a balcony, but I can't always have what I want.

Q - What about an obstructed view cabin?

A - This is actually what we usually book for a 3 or 4 nighter to The Bahamas. It's somewhere we've been more than a few times, and we can go more often if we don't pay a bundle for each time!

Q- And the larger, Superior Ocean View Cabins?

A - Yes, and yes. I like them, but don't always want to spend the extra that they cost.

In my opinion, the view from a ship's railing is one of the best views in the whole world!

Photo by CruiseReady, all rights reserved
Photo by CruiseReady, all rights reserved

Some Tips

1- Save money- go obstructed! If you are willing to forego a panoramic view, you could end up saving quite a few bucks by sacrificing a some of that view.

2 - Try to get one with a window, rather than a porthole. You get a bit more of a view that way.

3 - Look for an obstructed view cabin fairly near a stairwell. You may be just one deck above the Promenade Deck. This is ideal. That way, if you spy something you'd like a better look at, it will be just a quick jaunt down a flight of stairs and out a nearby door to get to the ship's railing where you can enjoy a really unobstructed view. Take a long, deep breath of the healthy sea air while you're there - Ahhhhhhh!

4 - As an alternative to a Family Ocean View, try finding a pair of adjacent obstructed views cabins with a connecting door. (Once again, do your homework by checking the deck plans on the company's website.) ADVANTAGE: You may save some money, AND you get TWO bathrooms!

What Are You Thinking So Far?

So far, we've mentioned Cunard, talked about inside cabins, and several types of ocean view cabins.

Of the types of staterooms presented so far, which sounds good to you?

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Video Tour of a Balcony Stateroom - on the Carnival Legend

Here's a narrated video tour of a balcony stateroom on the Carnival Legend. It gives you a good look at what one of these staterooms provides, including, of course, the balcony. D├ęcor and design will vary from line to line,and ship to ship, but this will give you a real good general idea of what you can expect.

Balcomies belong to cabins on the starbord side of the Norwegian Sky
Balcomies belong to cabins on the starbord side of the Norwegian Sky | Source

Balcony or Veranda Staterooms

The Beginning of Prime Real Estate

If you are going to to any entertaining at sea, you'll probably want to book at least a balcony stateroom. Yes- you read that right! I actually hostsed a wine and cheese party on my extended balcony once. And, I've attended invitation only parties in Grand and Presidential Suites.

But, what if you just want to sail in a really nice stateroom? Yes, now I'm calling them stateroom as opposed to cabins. Nothing more than semantics! There is a very special feeling that you get from relaxing on your own private balcony, foo foo drink in one hand, and good book in the other. Oh, yeah.

On most lines, you can even arrange ahead of time to have an extra special romantic breakfast or dinner served on your balcony... for a price, of course! So, if you want that extra touch and feel of luxury, go for it, and book a balcony stateroom.


Once again, there are variations within this catetory of staterooms, and some people have some pretty strong preferences. For example, on some (not all) Royal Caribbean ships, there is a bulge along about mid ship that is often referred to as "the hump." Some swear the view is susperior from these balconies.

My personal preference is for one on the stern, like those you see pictured on the coaster at right. However, my brother and sister in law feel the ride in the aft cabins is now as quiet or smooth as it is in the ones at midship.

There is a real range in sizes, and, of course, a corresponding range in pricing.

Things to Consider Taking Along - When You Go to Sea

Journaling at sea can be an enjoyable activity. Think about taking one.

Read up on cruising before you go, so you'll know what to expect.

Plan on what you will use to keep up with your all important sea card, on board and off - even when your'e in the water. If you lose that sea card, you're up that creek we've all heard so much about.

You''ll be glad to have a waterproof holder to hang around your nect. They are so handy! They're just the right size to hold your sea card, a credit and some folding money. (You can also buy them on board, but usually at an inflated price.)

Balcony Staterooms

Cruise Ship Stateroom Balcony
Cruise Ship Stateroom Balcony | Source

My Word on Balcony Accommodations

Plus, Some Tips

Have I / Would I book a Balcony (or Veranda) Cabin?

Oh yes! And sometimes no.

Obviously, I have booked a balcony cabin. That picture of that you just saw was of the one we enjoyed on one of our cruises, though I dodn't remember just which one that was right off hand.

I love having a balcony on voyages that are long enough to enjoy the extra private space and view - anything of 5 to 6 days or more. And, I especially like them if the itinerary includes even one new port for me. I LOVE watching the new port come into view from my balcony... and bidding goodbye from there, too.

Since I am not sure I would book a suite, even if money were no object, for me absolute prime real estate on just about any ship is an Aft Corner Balcony. These are often are bigger than the non-corner ones, and the view is fabulous. Second best would be any of the aft balconies. I'm a wake watcher. That churning water is just mesmerizing, and especially so in the Caribbean, where the color is simply unmatched.

We normally do NOT book balcony accommodations for cruises lasting less than 5 nights. I just feel I want to save my 'luxury dollars' for when I really have time to enjoy what they are purchasing.

Source

Cruise Journal

Record Your Thoughts for Prosperity

Some people find that the soothing atmosphere on their stateroom balcony puts them in the mood to read or write.

If you are someone who enjoys writing using an actual pen and paper, then you'll probably want to take along a notebook or journal.

This spiral notebook has a cover with the words "My Cruise Journal" imprinted on it. HOWEVER, you can change those words to something you prefer, like your name for example.

Tips

1- Balconies provide a great place to let your wet swim suits dry - when you are in port. Just don't forget to take them inside before the ship sails, or you might lose them!

2 - A tip about tips. Be generous with your stateroom attendants, wait staff, and others who work so hard to make your days on board pleasant. The bulk of their pay comes from YOU, not the cruise line. I like to think of the line's published tipping guidelines as a 'starting point.' You take it from there.

3 - Most balcony doors can be locked into place when open, so that they don't bang shut again with each roll of the ship. Just investigate your door closure a little, and you'll probably find the secret, which varies from ship to ship.

SUITES

The Really Prime Real Estate

Here's where divergence really begins to happen. Different lines have different names for their different types of suites, and how they are appointed. Most have separate living room and bedroom areas, wet bars, large flat-screen TVs, stereo systems, and jacuzzi tubs. At the very least. Some have grand pianos. Others have wrap-around balconies with private hot tubs.

And each line strives to distinguish itself with the 'specialness' of their top end accommodations. For example:

- Norwegian Cruise Line has the Courtyard - a group of private suites with their own private pool deck, butler service, and more.

- On their new Oasis class ships, Royal Caribbean has introduced two level Loft Suites, with guest bathrooms, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and an upper level for sleeping quarters.

- Celebrity's AquaClass is designed for the ultimate spa enthusiast, with easy access to the Spa, and their own private, special-menu dining room

There's more... but you get the idea.

Pick a line, and look for their top category of staterooms. You're sure to find some amazing things, along with an equallly amazing price tag in some cases. Curious about prices? I just ran a price check on a 'low season' week long cruise for 2 in a loft suite on Oasis of the Seas - $10,680. That's perhaps 10 times what you might expect to pay for economy digs.

Photo of a sunset at sea, taken from our balcony on one of our recent cruises.
Photo of a sunset at sea, taken from our balcony on one of our recent cruises.

Enjoy Your Cabin and Your Time at Sea

A Hearty Bon Voyage to You!

There are a few other special types of cabins to choose from, including Boardwalk and Promenade View Cabins on some Royal Caribbean ships, and quarters for solo travelers on the Norwegian Epic, but you'll discover them when you begin researching your vacation at sea.

Whatever type of cabin you choose, remember that the cruise isn't all just about what your sleeping quarters look like... it's about the places you go, the people you'll meet, the experiences you'll have.

BON VOYAGE

So, choose your cabin wisely, but most of all, just choose one, and enjoy your time on the deep blue ocean!

Is a Balcony or Suite More Your Style? - Time to Weigh In Again

Now that you've had a chance to read a little about Balony staterooms and Suites, let's take another vote. Maybe you were holding off, or maybe you've changed your mind.

NOW which one have you decided you might sail in?

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Specific Stateroom Selection Questions

Three good sources

If you have very specific questions about cabins beyond the general information offered in this lens, here are two good sources for you:

1) Your Travel Agent. A GOOD Travel Agent should be able to answer a lot of your questions, or get the answers for you. It's important that your agent is a) certified by CLIA or some other sanctioning organization and b) has a good amount of personal experience cruising themselves. I have a good one, and she is a keeper! (For the record, I wouldn't dream of handling my own bookings, even with over 250 'sea days' under my belt. See Booking a Cruise - DIY or Use a TA for why.)

2) Veteran Cruisers. If you check some of the popular internet cruise forums, you'll meet quite a few of them. And, you may even bump into someone who has stayed in the exact cabin you are considering.

3) Friends and Family. People you know who are already been there and done that will gladly answer your questions. Though, do keep in mind that if they've only ever sailed on one line, they may not have the straight scoop on others.

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      joanagarcia 3 years ago

      Really great lens... :) One of my bucket list (before 30) is going on a cruise ship...Honestly, I travel a lot (especially if I want to be out of my country for a while and take a break) but taking a cruise is something i haven't tried but really aiming to try...

      This lens ignited my dream of going on a cruise... I'll accomplish my dream this 2014.... Thanks to this really great lens :) Love it!!!!

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      JessicaLVine LM 3 years ago

      I am so ready to go on a cruise!!

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Love the Cruise.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      I am thinking about another cruise within the next few years. This time I would love to have a balcony. I think that's a great idea you put out about a room with obstructed view connected to one with a good view. Now that's smart travel!

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      rasnasah 4 years ago

      Last year we vacationed on Cruise .It was a great trip .Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      KarolinaShenton 4 years ago

      Great lens. I work in a travel agency and you offer some valuable information.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      Great information. The only ship I have "cruised" was the old class ships that used to go around the Hawaiian islands. Even though they were no longer "class: ships, it was very awkward trying to get around. I am looking forward to trying a Disney Cruise.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      I would like to take a cruise to Alaska. That's my next agenda.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens. I love cruising.

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      Jillynn 4 years ago

      Not into cruising as much as land-based vacations but appreciate the information!

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      victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

      We are recently back from our first ever cruise and we picked a balcony stateroom on the Oasis of the Seas. Yes it cost a little more than the inside rooms but we didn't want an inner balcony (looking over the noisy park area with no privacy either) or no balcony. We ended up using the balcony plenty and were lucky there were no smokers next door (that would've ruined it for me!) For future cruises we would have a balcony too. Oh and anyone reading this who is considering Oasis of the Seas, we did the Western Caribbean trip and it was outstanding. The boat is massive and you won't be bored. It's 5 star all the way. Fantastic trip! Get a sea view balcony if you are able. It's lovely for reading a book in the evening while enjoying a glass of wine and watching the sun go down.

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      pambrechlin 4 years ago

      great information! i love cruising also, so it will be put to good use.

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      johnsja 4 years ago

      My parents are going on their first cruise next year. I'll be sure to pass on your tips.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      I've been on about 10 ten cruises. I loooooved the ships and my rooms. Thanks for the lens!

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings.

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      nice information on cabin selection and nice lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Need to set my sails in order soon... Nice info!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Our next cruise is lined up and we are going for the stateroom with a jacuzzi and balcony. Can't wait!

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      crazy4u2 5 years ago

      A very very descriptive lens. I am amazed by the way you had expressed. I always dream to be in sea and wish to cruise at least once in lifetime.

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      I never knew there were so many choices! Thanks!

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      Cara 5 years ago

      I'm not a good traveller, so I've always been wary of crusies. My foks are definitely converts though.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Unfortunately, I get seasick easily and have always been afraid to go on a cruise because of it. If I ever get up the courage, I will remember your advice about getting a midship cabin on a lower deck. Great lens!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      These are really eally great tips for someone who's never been on a cruise. I've only been on one cruise and we were spoiled with a beautiful balcony stateroom because we bought at the last minute and got half off. I'd love to do it again!

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      WinWriter 5 years ago

      Very helpful. I learned a lot that I didn't know. *Blessed *

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      xriotdotbiz lm 5 years ago

      I am of the inside cabin to save money and "who spends their time in a cabin on a cruise?" crowd. Have had "window" or port windows cabins and barely can see out of them as they were dirty and fairly small. Not worth the extra dollars. However, I must say I have never had a balcony cabin and would like to try that someday.

      One thing I do like about the inside cabins is the utter darkness when the lights are off. Makes sleeping anytime, day or night, great.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @Rankography: I sure hope you will. There is real value for the money in a cruise.

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      sammittal 5 years ago

      Learned too many things about ship. Thanks for the beautiful lens.

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      Outstanding info CruiseReady. I was not planning to go on a cruise but may consider it now.

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      moanaparker lm 5 years ago

      Inspiring lens, thanks for great lens.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @anonymous: Bon Voyage to the two of you!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Makes me wish I were cruising right now! Great tips to help others plan their cruise! ~~~~~Blessed~~~~~

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Really great advice and tips to think about when you make your decision to cruise.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Such great advice. Thanks! Going on a cruise next month.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the great tips, this was certainly helpful. My husband made reservations for June aboard the Carnival Imagination to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. It's our first cruise, and only a 3 day to the Bahamas because of his work schedule. They were supposed to choose our stateroom, which was of the inside category, and we just found out it is the second from the front or "bow" lol, and has two portholes...I freaked out of course, but I think pitch black would make me feel worse, so I guess it's not so bad. I wasn't too happy with the fact that it was on the lowest deck of rooms on the ship either, but now that I read it has less motion, so-to-speak, then once again, I guess it's not so bad. This was a wonderful article and helpful tips, God bless you! Johanna :)

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens!! - pinned too

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      Carolyn Bennett 5 years ago from Longview, Washington

      Great lens.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      I really found your information on how to choose cabins on a cruise helpful. I have no experience in this and wouldn't know how to begin. Thanks.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @Christene-S: No, we haven't cruised Disney, but the kids have. You will have a wonderful time!

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      Christene-S 5 years ago

      I'm going on my first cruise ever next year. I can't wait! Have you ever been on a Disney Cruise? I'll be on the Disney Dream.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @gypsykitschpres: Thank you so very much!

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      gypsykitschpres 5 years ago

      This is an amazing lens on cruising. I especially like the suggestion for the over the door shoe holder for holding essentials. Super idea! I have cruised and will again and next time I'll do it smarter because of you! I tweeted this to my wonderful Twitter followers of 100,000, pinned it, and scooted it over to my Facebook as well. I think everyone should read this one! (Yep, I bookmarked it as well.)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Picking the Best Cabin for Your Cruise sometime make so confused, thanks for you article.

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      beannie64 5 years ago

      Love your info!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      A boatload (heheheee) of great information . Thanks!

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      rt8ca 5 years ago

      Another job well done! You put a lot of time and effort into your lens, offering some great tips and personal insight! Look forward to more!

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      Chad_H 5 years ago

      Woohoo! 5 out of 5 on the quiz

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      When my family of 6 recently went on a cruise, we found it less expensive to book 3 inside cabins than a family cabin. Plus having 3 bathrooms was great!

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      Very informative!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @top101: That's exactly why, for most people, it's not a problem to book a small inside cabin - because it's all about the ship and the experience.

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      top101 5 years ago

      I've only been on one cruise and it was to Alaska. I don't really remember the room, I was too busy wandering and exploring the ship.

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      GOT LM 5 years ago

      Nice work

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Helpful hints - thank you very much.

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      BTOfficeFurniture 5 years ago

      It's been years since I've been on a cruise and I miss it. The next time I go I will heed your wonderful advice!

      Manyt thanks

      Richard

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I figured those economy cabins were small, but I didn't think they were that small.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Great information!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @flipflopju: Ohhh - he will be so surprised! Be aware, though, once you have spoiled yourself with a balcony, you won't want to go down to an oceanview or an inside cabin on your next cruise!

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      flipflopju 5 years ago

      I'm taking my first cruise soon. My husband thinks we're getting an interior room but I've secretly booked a balcony. I can't wait!

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I know so much now! I've never taken a cruise, but I definitely want to. Now I feel educated to make good decision. Thanks!

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      Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

      Great info here, I just went through your last 5 sites and I like'd them all

      David P here

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ahoy back to you matey! Was here a while back and returning with some wishful angel dust that one day I may be able to take advantage of your advice. Ship ahoy! Now, I don't know why I have never thought of saying that on one of your lenses before...hmmm...

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      We sailed the Princess line to Alaska in a balcony stateroom. The scenery was magnificent and we enjoyed the balcony tremendously. We breakfasted there every morning, and had a nightcap there in the evening. This is really a helpful lens, as we are considering another cruise. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      noriukeliauti 5 years ago

      NIce. very useful , thanks a lot ;)

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      Mattbestcruiselines 5 years ago

      The best probably is where i am comfortable even if its low class or not as long as im within the best cruise lines.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think a single bed is enough to be in my cabin as long as i'm riding in the best cruise lines ever. Anyway thanks for the reading and for the tips it was the best.

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      I enjoyed the way you incorporated quizzes into this very informative article about picking the best cabin. I'm ready to go now!

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      MBradley McCauley 5 years ago

      What a great lens. So much good information. I'm going to learn a lot from your lens ability. It makes my 'cruise free' lens pale in comparison. Thanks though for stopping by. I'm going to feature you---this is great.

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for these tips. I am going on a cruise in three weeks and have a balcony room.

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! Looking forward to going a cruise now.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      What in incredibly informative lens!

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      Had no idea there were that many things to consider about choosing your cabin on a cruise. Thanks for all the information. Nicely presented, too

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      smartbiz38129 5 years ago

      I have been wanting to go on a cruise for the past year and this DEFINITELY cemented my desire. I know where to go for advice when I do. Thanks!

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      maryrussel 5 years ago

      Great tips and lens. I never had a balcony. That sounds like fun.

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      golfspice 5 years ago

      Lots of good tips and information for anyone wanting to cruise. You clearly know and enjoy your niche.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I'm spoiled. My parents got a cabin with verandah for our very first cruise when I was 20 something. I'm never going back! Unfortunately, that Owner's Suite on Empress of the Seas might have spoiled me further. I'm with you - I love to be on the balcony when coming into port and at sunset!

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      Ken McVay 5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      I am constantly dumbfounded that people will not only trap themselves on a ship for weeks so they can be gouged at the overpriced bars, but PAY for it, too.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      This is a very informative lens, well done. Thank you for sharing this interesting information.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @Gayle Mclaughlin: I Learn something new every time I cruise!

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      Showpup LM 5 years ago

      Great information you've shared here. Fantastic resource for would-be cruisers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      seriously this lens is very informative. learn a lot just about rooms for cruise.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great info here! Thanks. (Security word: squidahoy!)

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      I have been on three cruises so I am not exactly a novice, but I learned several things! Thanks for this great article.

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      NevermoreShirts 5 years ago

      Fantastic advice! You can be certain I'll visit here again if and when I ever go on a cruise!

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      nealberk 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Sigh, some people should not be allowed to leave their homes. Too much of a danger to themselves and others.

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      Never been on a cruise, but it's on my bucket list.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @anonymous: LOL. Must have been a first timer!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'll never forget the argument I overheard between a Purser and a passenger while aboard the Celebrity Century in the Baltic: the passenger was very upset that he had booked an "ocean view" cabin but instead his cabin had a view of the passenger terminal (we hadn't left port yet).

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      LauraMarie LM 6 years ago

      You are convincing me to go on a cruise!! Great lens!

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      nealberk 6 years ago

      @Chad_H: Try a suite....... It is even worse.....

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice lens! I'm getting ready to pack my bags and head on over to the cruise ship. Thanks for posting this--because it will be helpful for our traveling companions. :-)

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Very informative - great lens!

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      This is an excellent source of information about cruise accommodations. Thank you for sharing.

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      @AlleyCatLane: Whoops! How did my comments get on here twice? Anway, I see you have already received LOTD for this. Congrats!

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Terrific lens. I am nominating it for LOTD. Went on my first cruise in April. Loved it, and have already booked one for next year. We had the balcony room on a Carnival ship. It was great.

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Terrific lens. I am nominating it for LOTD. Went on my first cruise in April. Loved it, and have already booked one for next year. We had the balcony room on a Carnival ship. It was great.

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Exceptional lens

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I would choose a cabin close to the exit doors.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      What a great lens. Very useful info if you are considering a cruise.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens and great resource. Blessed! :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Despite the fact I aced the quiz I am not a cruise type... Maybe later, when I have more spare time. Well, any spare time... But I enjoy reading about cruises and certainly enjoyed this lens:) Thanks!

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      Chad_H 6 years ago

      Nice Lens - balcony cabins will spoil you. Once my wife and I cruised in a balcony we were hooked