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Tips for Selecting a Cruise Ship Cabin:
Outside Cabins

by Linda Coffman

Your home away from home
A standard outside cabin has either a picture window or porthole.

Windstar Cruises Wind Surf

Outside cabin on Windstar's Wind Surf
 with traditional portholes.

To give the illusion of more space, these cabins might also rely on the generous use of mirrors for a more expansive feeling.

In addition to the usual amenities, your outside stateroom might also have a small refrigerator. 

The cabin's vanity/desk will almost always have two electric receptacles—one will accept standard US-style plugs (110-volt) and the other for European style plugs (220-volt). To plug in more than one gadget at a time, you'll need a power strip, or, for dual voltage appliances, a plug converter. Bathrooms often have a dual-voltage outlet suitable only for electric shavers.

A hairdryer may be mounted on the bathroom wall, or located at the vanity/desk.

Holland America Line Amsterdam

Holland America Line's Amsterdam: typical standard outside stateroom with picture window

Two twin beds can be joined together to create one large bed, the equivalent of a queen- or king-size bed.

Going one step further, standard and "larger" outside staterooms on modern ships are often outfitted with a small sofa or loveseat with a cocktail table or small side table. Some of those tables can be raised for dining. The sofas are usually "hide-a-beds" and can accommodate a third person. 

A nice touch in some outside cabins are floor to ceiling, wall to wall curtains between the beds and sitting area that allow passengers to create a "private" sleeping space. Cabins that are termed "larger" may have a combination bathtub/shower instead of just a shower.

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