Once you’ve made the decision to go on a cruise, the fun part really begins as you get to choose your place to sleep, chill and relax. No matter whether you’re cruising solo, with a partner or perhaps on a family adventure – or whether you’re on a budget or want to splash the cash – the perfect stateroom is ready and waiting for you! Read our handy guide to find out which one you should be going for…
Perfect if you’re going it alone
It used to be a nightmare for solo cruisers, as travelers were forced to pay for double occupancy – but that’s not always the case anymore! Many cruise lines have now made it a lot more affordable and cater specifically to solo cruisers. Cruise lines such as NCL and Cruise and Maritime Voyages now have Solo Studios that are perfect if you’re heading on an adventure on your own – with each being surprisingly spacious! Solo passengers on NCL even have access to a private Studio Complex and Lounge offering hosted meet and greet parties. So you’ll make new friends in no time!
The no-brainer if you’re looking for the best value
If you’re planning to spend the majority of your holiday exploring destinations, checking out the ship and not so much time in your room, then Inside Staterooms provide excellent overall value whilst still remaining comfortable and cosy. They can be well worth the trade off if you’re an active cruiser on a budget. You will get the choice of a double bed or two singles and for families most lines provide interlocking rooms where you can walk from room to room. Royal Caribbean now have virtual windows in their Inside Staterooms, which give you’s you the ocean view feel!
What it says on the tin – a room with a view
These types of stateroom boast portholes or normal windows which let in lots of natural light and give you a calming view of the ocean. Be aware that some windows can be obstructed by lifeboats and other ship fixtures, so make sure to double check this when booking. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a Balcony Stateroom, an Oceanview Stateroom is a great cheaper alternative that still allows you to be closer to the ocean in your own space.
Feel the ocean breeze every morning
Perfect for cruisers wanting to get away from the crowds, Balcony Staterooms offer the chance to enjoy the ocean views and breezes from the privacy of your own balcony, 24 hours a day! Just imagine having coffee or breakfast as you’re pulling in towards an exciting, new destination – or simply listening to the ocean waves lapping up against the ship before you settle down for the night. If you’ve never enjoyed cruising with a Balcony before, we highly recommend this option – it’s such a satisfying cruising experience! Plus, you won’t want to miss waving everyone off when you leave port!
More space, more luxurious
If you’re really thinking of treating yourself on your next cruise – maybe there’s a special occasion coming up – consider upgrading to a Mini-Suite. They’re obviously larger, with designated seating areas as well as a balcony, and you’ll find that they’re more of a living space as opposed to just a room. This extra space obviously comes with a higher price tag though, but it’s worth it if you really want to feel at home onboard – especially if you’re on a longer sailing.
Luxury at its finest
If you’re wanting to go all out – and we mean all out – then a suite is exactly what you’re looking for. Suites will have a closed off bedroom, sitting areas, a full bathroom – often with a large bathtub – a kitchen and plenty of living space. The reason to book a suite is simple – you want to indulge on your cruise and splurge for something a bit more than the norm. You’ll often even find sunloungers on your larger-than-life balcony alongside your own hot tub! Suites offer a tremendous amount of personal space, higher-end amenities, special bonuses and exclusive access to VIP parts of the ship. Get ready to feel like a celebrity!
Still undecided? Ask yourself these questions…
How much time will I spend in the room?
Determine what you want to get out of your cruise. Your stateroom stays the same no matter how many ports of call you visit, so it’s important to be comfortable. Part of your decision should be based on the square footage and how much room you need to be content. But largely – if you like to be out exploring and getting the very most out of your ship, you might not end up spending much time in your room other than to catch up on some zzz’s!
Is money saving the priority?
Inside cabins have no sea views and are therefore cheaper than outside cabins, which have portholes, windows, or balconies. If you’re after a cheap getaway, then an Inside Stateroom is definitely the way to go.
Do I get seasick easily?
If someone in your group is prone to seasickness, look for a midship cabin. If a ship hits rough seas (hopefully, this won’t be the case) then these cabins tend to experience the least motion. Also, if you’re booking an inside cabin, consider one with a virtual porthole or balcony – this tends to help level out your centre of balance.
Still not sure? Use your CruiseDeals.co.uk agent to help you choose!
Another route to finding the right cabin is simply to turn to us! We can help guide you through the options. Our specialists will go beyond simply deciphering the various cabin configurations and categories. Our team have a wealth of experience and are more than happy to share their personal knowledge of the pluses and minuses of various cabin categories. Just give us a quick call on 0800 027 8302!