A cruise is an extremely popular holiday and with good reason. Whether you want to spend hours relaxing on a sun-protected deck with a book or jump from port to harbor, enjoying rich foreign cultures, a cruise can deliver. Cruises offer relaxation, adventure and luxury.
But before booking your next vacation, it is important to decide what kind of cruise ship suits your needs. Just like hotels offer standard rooms, suites and more extravagant options, so do cruise ships. The price of your cruise ticket depends largely on the type of cabin you choose. Use this fast cruise ship overview to help you plan your trip.
Inner or lower level cruise ship cabins
If your room does not have a window it is usually called an interior, interior or lower level cabin. Cottages below the waterline and only have a small porthole are also included in this category. These are the cheapest cabins, and for good reason - unless you go out to deck, you probably will not be able to tell you by day or night.
Cruises have changed a lot in recent decades. Today's furnishings are often lit and happy, rather than the gloomy wardrobes with bunk beds once found on lower levels. Usually lower level cabins are as good as most hotel rooms - they do not just have windows. If you're on a budget and these are the only rooms in your price range, make sure it's not going to affect your overall cruise experience. Between the exciting call center and the huge range of built-in activities, you will not spend much time in your cabin anyway.
Affordable cruise ship room
If you can not think of a windowless cabin, check out the next step in price. These rooms can let some light, but often they are in uncomfortable places on the ship, or are smaller than the lower cabins. Depending on the cruise ship, there may be several rooms within the moderate area. Some ships have 15 to 20 different prize points in rooms, most falling at this level. So how can you be sure you get the best cottage for the price?
Before booking a room, consider two important factors: Location and size. You want to be close enough to the activities and amenities you like, but if your room is right next to the bar, it may be difficult to sleep at night. And keep in mind that a smaller room closer to the main activity hub can be the same price as a larger room in a less convenient location. Take the time to consider what matters to you on your vacation.
Cruise Ship Veranda Cabins
Rooms with balconies are called porch cabins. These cottages are a popular choice for couples and allow guests to have some private outdoor space. The balcony can look out over the sea or over the deck. Some verandah houses will fall in the moderate price range, while others are starting to get a bit more expensive for most on a budget. Again the size and location are the two main factors.
Cruise Ship Suites
Like hotels, most cruises have suites on all decks for guests who want a more luxurious vacation. The suites are at least two rooms, but can have as many as five or six. As you would expect, they are usually more advanced than most other rooms, and include better televisions and larger beds. Some suites also have their own hot tubs. Depending on the cruise ship, some suites have access to a private VIP deck, pool and living room, which is usually quieter and less crowded. Sometimes cruise ships also have exclusive restaurants and other facilities for those in the VIP suites.
Other types of cruise ship rooms
Cruises try to satisfy their guests' tastes and needs. Most ships have smoking rooms (although some are completely non-smoking). You can also find cruise ships that have disabled rooms located on the main deck close to activities. Many ships also offer cabins that are linked together, which is perfect for larger families or travelers with teens who still need some supervision.
Whichever cabin you decide is right for you, be sure to book it early. Although there are still tickets left, there is no guarantee that the room you want will be available. Some cruises have only a few suites, for example, and others have very few rooms available at the lowest price. Book your cruise early and make sure you request the specific room you want. Cruises sometimes fill up quickly, so be prepared with backup options on the ship or on another cruise if you do not get your first choice.