for Selecting a Cruise Ship Cabin
square feet of luxury—
A Silver Suite on Silver Whisper
home away from home
"What does it
matter? I'll only use the cabin for changing my clothes and
sleeping!" Ah, I've heard that viewpoint expressed many times. If it
truly doesn't matter to you, go ahead and book the very least
expensive category guarantee you can find. On the other hand, if you
view your cabin as your sanctuary, you will want a bit more than
Cruise ship cabins are
not all created equal; however, they are all
designed for comfort, convenience, and practicality. Standard cabins
on modern cruise vessels haven't quite achieved parity with land
based resort accommodations in terms of size, but cruise lines have
recognized that small touches (and more spacious quarters) go a long
way toward overall passenger satisfaction. You are likely these days
to find your cabin equipped with amenities such as personal safes,
robes for use on board, hairdryers, and toiletries—the little
niceties that hotels have long provided for their guests.
Convenient & Practical
from the little luxuries that vary from cruise line to cruise line,
you'll find your cabin furnished in a pleasing decor. At the very
least, a cabin contains beds (often twin beds that can be combined
to form a queen- or king-size bed), a dressing table/writing desk, a
chair, drawer or shelf storage, closet, and bathroom with shower.
You'll also find a television set and telephone and some cabins even
have sitting areas with a sofa or loveseat and coffee table.
it's so SMALL!" Yes, cruise ship cabins often appear more
spacious in brochure illustrations. Pay close attention to square
footage and think "yacht" not "resort"—by
doing so, you'll realize that a lot of thought went into the design
and layout of your cabin.
are the differences in cabin categories and what can you expect?
Explore the following categories and take a peek at the
illustrations to get an idea of which best suits your taste and
the Ideal Cabin
The perfect cabin...
the best deal... I'm sure they exist, but they don't always go
hand-in-hand. The lowest fares are in the "guarantee"
categories—the cruise line guarantees you
will be assigned a cabin at least as good as the category you book.
Sometimes this means you'll get a higher category, but you don't get
to select your location.
location important? If you are prone to seasickness, your preferred
cabin location should be in the middle of the ship on a lower deck
where you will feel the least motion. If you are a light sleeper or
like to sleep late in the morning, avoid high traffic areas (near
elevators and stairs), areas of the ship where noise could be a
problem (over or beneath a show lounge or disco), and the bow of the
ship (where the sound of early morning anchoring activity could
disturb your slumber).
and fast rule for cabin selection is: Pick the category and location
you will be most satisfied with for smooth sailing on your cruise.
Upgrades by George Leppla, Debunking
the "Upgrade Fairy" Myth
Line Profiles - Get a flavor of what to anticipate and
determine which cruise line will meet your expectations.
for Your Lifestyle - Cruise lines are generally termed
Mainstream, Premium, and Luxury. Learn what distinguishes them from
one another and which fits your style.
Fun Facts - Interesting and obscure; individual ship facts