The Cabins You Should Think Twice About Booking Before Your Next Cruise

Setting sail on a cruise is a memorable travel experience with every aspect designed to enhance the passenger journey. The perks of a cruise are endless. Passengers are provided unique cruise ship attractions and a set itinerary, allowing them to sit back and bask in the sunshine. Of course, travelers can choose many local and international destinations for their desired duration. Likewise, cruises are typically all-inclusive, providing a cost-effective getaway.


As you'd expect, the price you end up paying for your cruise includes the cost of the cabin. However, while planning your vacation, consider the location of your cabin to get the most out of your cruise. Ultimately, the perfect cabin location on a cruise ship is subjective. Nevertheless, location is everything, and making the wrong choice can put a damper on your vacation. That said, here are some tips to reflect on before you start packing for your next cruise.

What's the right cabin location for you?

With thousands of passengers onboard, it would be an understatement to say that cruise ships are loud. Moreover, certain areas on the ship are known to have more commotion than others. This includes the casino, pool, elevators, eateries, gyms, and any other recreational facility onboard. Some amenities may be open 24 hours a day, depending on the cruise. In other words, don't book your cabin near the ship's attractions if you prefer a cabin with decreased noise levels. 


In the same vein, refrain from booking a cabin on the vessel's lower decks to avoid hearing the racket caused by the ship dropping its anchor. This may not be a significant issue, however, depending on how many port days are included on your itinerary. Take note that passengers staying in cabins on the lower decks are also more susceptible to hearing the constant noise caused by the ship's engine.

If preventing seasickness is at the top of your cruise wishlist, you might actually want a lower-deck cabin. Increased motion is more commonly felt at the front of the ship. Thus, a cabin on the lower deck would be best in this circumstance. If noise isn't bothersome or you're a heavy sleeper, consider choosing your cabin in a high-traffic area. You'll have swift access to the ship's most popular attractions. While not ideal if you're sensitive to noise, choose a cabin next to an elevator or any other ADA-friendly features if you have mobility issues.


A brief explainer on cabin categories

Unsurprisingly, cabins, also referred to as staterooms, are not created equally. Yes, location is essential, but so is the category you decide on. If you have a limited budget for your cruise, the most economical option is a windowless, no-frills interior cabin. These are cramped compared to other cabin categories and are ideal for passengers who, at most, just need a place to catch some z's. However, if you require access to fresh air, your best bet would be to splurge on an often-pricy balcony cabin. 


Oceanview rooms have fixed windows but are more spacious than interior cabins and less expensive than a balcony cabin. And, of course, a suite will cost you a pretty penny, but with good reason. They are luxurious, sizable, and include a balcony. Nevertheless, despite what cabin category you choose, you can expect standard features like a TV, a private bathroom, and some storage space. 

When booking your cruise and choosing your cabin and its location, research and thoroughly review your cruise ship's deck plan to avoid mishaps. Most cruise ship lines, including Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise Lines, have their ship's deck plans online. Some even include virtual tours of their cabins. Alternatively, you can use a travel agent to help you plan your cruise and make sure you book the right cabin for you and your group.