There are multiple different cabin types on every ship. If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you’re probably wondering what the differences are. At the end of the day, each company is going to have slightly different variations. With that said, though, there are a few basic types of accommodation options you can expect. Here’s a quick overview so that you can make an informed decision when booking a cruise vacation.
We may as well start off with the cheapest (and arguably least comfortable) option. Interior cabins are generally the most plentiful on a ship, and they do not offer the same views that the other cabins do. They’re on the interior of the ship, and that means that you can’t look out onto the ocean as you relax in your room. The benefits of interior cabins are obvious, though. If you want to go on a cruise and spend the least money possible, an interior room is the way to go. We recommend these for travelers that are interested in spending as much time out of their rooms as they can. Some newer interior cabins offer views of other areas of the ship, such as ballrooms.
This is probably what you imagine in your head when you think of a cruise ship cabin. These rooms are generally the same as the interior rooms aside from one important distinction: you can actually see the ocean from within the room. These cabins are located on the outside of the ship and feature windows that let in natural light and beautiful views of your surroundings. They definitely cost more than the interior rooms, and they sell out quicker. But in our opinion, they are worth the extra money.
Of the three standard options for cabins on a cruise, balcony rooms are the most expensive. And that makes sense. They are definitely the coolest! Balcony rooms are positioned similarly to oceanview rooms, but they have (you guessed it) a balcony that you can stand on. These rooms are for people that don’t mind spending a bit more cash to get a more immersive cruise experience. The amenities offered on the balcony itself differ, but you can typically expect enough furniture to comfortably enjoy a meal or a conversation with your travel partner.
Each room type has its own benefits and disadvantages, and every type of traveler is going to have their own preference. Which type of cabin do you prefer?