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Tips for Selecting a Cruise Ship Cabin:
Inside Cabins

by Linda Coffman

Your home away from home
An inside cabin is just that: a stateroom that is located inside the ship with no viewthey have no window or porthole.

Norwegian Star Cabin

Bright & cheerfula standard inside cabin on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star

Often, to give the illusion of more space, you will find inside cabins rely on the generous use of mirrors for an airy feeling. On Royal Caribbean's largest vessels, there are even inside cabins with a view of sorts—some are designated "atrium staterooms" and feature bowed windows overlooking the the ships' interior grand promenades.

Inside cabins are generally just as spacious as outside cabins and decor and amenities are similar. On the newest vessels, you may find small refrigerators. 

Many ships locate triple and quad cabins (accommodating three or more passengers) on the inside. Essentially, they look just like a standard double cabin, but have bunk beds that either fold down from the wall or disappear into the ceiling. Parents sometimes book an inside for older children and teens, while their own cabin is an outside across the hall with a window or balcony.

For passengers who want a very dark room for sleeping, an inside cabin is ideal. Use a bit of creativity and even your inside cabin can have a "window on the sea." Nearly every ship has a television channel that features a continuous view from the bridge (often accompanied by terrible elevator music). Turn on that channel before you retire and turn off the sound—it will be dark all night and you will awaken with a seascape!

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