Cruise ships come in all shapes and sizes, and so cabins are varied as a result. Balcony rooms can range from intimate sizes to huge wraparound decks with outdoor dining tables and hot tubs.
As previously mentioned, Inside and Outside cabins are generally very similar with a few minor differences. One in which being the porthole or window, which is there to allow natural light in. In addition, Balcony cabins can sometimes be the same size as a standard inside or outside cabin with the extra outdoor space on the balcony.
For many cruise guests, the cabin size they require is usually linked to the price. However, there are some size-related considerations to take into account:
- Outdoor space - Ask yourself whether you need a balcony on your cruise. If you are the kind of traveller that would prefer to spend your time in the public areas such as the sun decks, lounges and restaurants; you may be more than happy with no private outdoor space in your cabin. You might also want to take your itinerary into account too. If you are headed on cruise which enjoys cooler climates you might not want to spend too much time outside so a balcony won’t be top of your priorities.
- Family - Since cruising has become a more popular holiday choice for families, cruise lines are paying more attention to building family accommodations. Generally family cabins will feature a double bed that can be divided into twins, plus two bunk beds.
- Solo cabins - Most cruise holiday prices are based on double occupancy so if you are a solo traveller you’ll need to pay a single supplement. However, most cruise lines are now beginning to provide accommodation especially for the solo traveller e.g. the Norwegian Escape is now fitted with Studio rooms for solo passengers and these are priced for a single guest with no supplement needed.