Choose the right size budget cruise cabin
When it comes to choosing the right size of budget cruise cabin there are many things to consider. The first and unfortunately the only parameter most people consider is the cost. If you have the money you will get the penthouse. If you have loads of money the owners suite. Before you let your money make your decisions you should consider some advice from the experts before you book.
What is the right size cabin in budget?
For many travelers, the decision on what size cabin to get is directly related to price. Who wouldn't go for the huge suite if price were no obstacle? Yet it can be tricky to decide whether a balcony is worth the upgrade from a standard outside or just which suite to choose. Here are a few size-related considerations to take into account.
Outdoor Space: Do you need a balcony? Cruise travelers who spend all their time in the public areas -- sun decks, lounges, restaurants -- or on shore may be perfectly happy with standard-size cabins and no private outdoor space. Those who love to avoid the crowds and lounge quietly on their own verandahs or have private room-service meals outdoors will surely want balconies. Don't forget to take your itinerary into account; on a chilly-weather cruise, you may not be spending too much time outside, so depending on how much space and light you need, a balcony may not be worth the splurge.
Unique Layouts: Pay attention to the unique cabin setups on your ship, as they're not all created equal. Disney's four cruise ships, for example, have large standard staterooms designed to accommodate families. Even inside cabins may have a sleeping section that can be curtained off from the living area and a split bath system (one bathroom has the shower/tub and sink, another a toilet and sink). Carnival is also known for having larger-than-average standard cabins, while Silversea, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Seabourn ships feature all-suite accommodations. Norwegian Epic cabins sport the "new wave" design, with curvy walls and bathrooms with the showers and toilets; sink are located in the main cabins. As mentioned earlier, cabins at the very fore and aft and corners of a ship often have different layouts than the cookie-cutter cabins that run the length of the ship.
Family: Since cruising has become a popular family vacation, more and more new ships have built "family accommodations" into the actual design. These are often suites, each with a separate room for the kids -- sometimes a small alcove with bunk beds, sometimes an entire adjoining cabin. Families and groups can also take advantage of regular staterooms with third or fourth berths found in pullout sofas or pull-down bunkbeds. If you're going to squeeze your whole troupe into one cabin, make sure the space is big enough to accommodate the lot of you ... and all your belongings.
Solo Cabins: Very few ships actually have cabins dedicated to solo travelers. These will have sleeping space for one and can be quite small. The studio cabins on Norwegian Epic are the most famous example of this: the 100-square-foot staterooms each contain a full-size bed, nifty lighting effects and a large round window that looks out into the corridor. If you're a solo traveler, you'll want to price out the cost of a solo cabin (usually somewhat higher than the double-occupancy rate of a similarly sized stateroom) compared to the cost of paying the single supplement (as much as double the regular rate) for a standard cabin. And book early, as solo cabins sell out quickly.
Suites: When it comes to choosing suite accommodations, it's best to figure out how much space you really need, what amenities are important to you and what you can afford to spend. Suites on most ships are often the first category to sell out, partly because there are fewer of them, and partly because they often offer extremely good value. For this reason, it's important to decide early what kind of suite you'd like.
Choosing a cruise ship cabin Amentiies in a cruise ship cabin
Cabins closer to the front of the ship or rear of the ship will experience more up and down movement in rough seas, the closer to the center the less movement. The front ¼ and back ¼ of the ship may not be for you. If you are prone to motion sickness or this is your first cruise you may want to avoid the top decks.