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It’s not as complicated as you might think.

Kristof on Nov 25, 2016

It’s not as complicated as you might think.

If you've never cruised before, choosing a cabin can be a bewildering task. There are a bunch of different cabin types available on most cruises, and figuring out the features and benefits of each one is a real pain when all you want to do is lock in a relaxing holiday. Fortunately, this isn't as complicated as it might seem at first. There are only a handful of major cabin varieties (subcategories can make things seem much more confusing) and each one is perfect for a certain kind of cruiser. So which one will suit you? Take a look at the video below to get an idea of the benefits of each in less than a minute - or if you'd like a slightly more in depth look at the pros and cons, read on.

This is the most affordable cabin category, for the simple fact that there are no windows. This might sound a little dreary but an inside cabin can actually be an excellent option for some cruisers. For example, there are plenty of folks who like to spend their time on cruises bouncing from one activity to another - whether that's basking beside the pool, setting out on shore excursions or partying the night away. They'll hardly see their cabin, so saving on an inside option makes great sense.

Part of what makes a cruise holiday wonderful is being able to look out across the endless oceanic expanse and dream of what's over the horizon. With an oceanview cabin you won't have to leave your quarters to glimpse the sparkling waves, not to mention you'll enjoy the beauty of natural light in your cabin. Another major benefit of an oceanview option is that the stabilising effect of looking out at the ocean can really help those who suffer from motion sickness.

This is where things really start to get nice. Having exclusive access to an ocean-facing balcony grants you your very own haven from the world. If you're planning a romantic cruise with your partner, opting for a balcony cabin will allow you to retreat from the bustling crowds and enjoy quality time with just the two of you. Watching the sun sink beneath the waves while enjoying sea breezes and a glass of champagne… does cruising get any better than this?

The answer is yes, it does get even better. A suite is the crème de la crème of cruise accommodations, and allows you to take your vacation to the next level. Characterised by distinct spaces and luxurious surroundings, a suite lets you live like royalty during your time at sea. For those keen to make cruises extra special, there really is no better option.

Now that you know what the main cabin types offer, take a look at the different kinds of cruises which could whisk you away to distant shores!

While I’m no cruise veteran, I do have a deep love for travel and fond memories of a certain Baltic cruise I went on many years ago… I think cruising is the ideal way to make sure there are no boring bits in your trip - why waste your holiday enduring arduous air journeys when you can cut through the waves in style and comfort?

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  • Feb 5, 2017 by Annette Melzer

    what does an obstructed balcony cabin look like on the celebrity soltice?

  • Dec 20, 2016 by Lance Sterling

    We advise friends never to book a guarantee cabin with the hope of an upgrade. One Aussie friend was boasting how he had been upgraded only to find they were under the ships main Night Club. Guest Relations gave the foam earplugs. I am tire of reding in Cruise Critic people whinge about hearing the thrusters or anchor going down etc. What's wrong with these folk? Don't they check the ship's plans?