Are you wondering if you should book an inside cabin? We’ve got five reasons you may want to.
If you’ve ever thought about booking an inside cabin on a cruise, you’ve no doubt run through the list of “what if’s” that tend to confound us ALL when choosing the perfect stateroom.
What if there’s not enough room for my stuff?
What if I feel trapped or claustrophobic?
Well, there’s no guaranteed simple method for picking the perfect cabin on your next cruise, but if you’re tossing around the idea of an inside cabin, this information might help you decide. This week we’ve got 5 reasons why you may want to consider and inside cabin. Wondering if a balcony cabin might be better for you? Start HERE for 5 reasons you might consider a balcony.
Likely the most motivating reason most people (including us!) book an inside cabin is to save money. The reality is, inside staterooms can generally save you a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per cabin, and it just makes good financial sense, for some cruisers, to save the dough, and put the money elsewhere – like excursions, or specialty dining. Here’s an example for you: on our last 10 night Alaska cruise, booking an inside cabin, instead of a balcony, saved our family of three just over $2000 total. Yup, you heard it right. Here’s a look at that cabin, and how we kept it tidy!
That’s a lot of scratch! Now, while we’d love to invest in a balcony for glacier viewing and some of the best cruise scenery in the world, I can dream up some pretty amazing activities to spend that extra money on and I have no doubt I can find awesome outdoor places on the ship that offer up equally stunning views. Better yet, I can book another cruise with that $2000.00!
Inside cabins get SUPER dark at night. We’re talking “full light blocking” here folks, and as a light-sensitive sleeper, I love the total blackout that an inside cabin creates. Some people report that they sleep better and wake up a tad later in these total eclipse conditions- not a bad thing when you’re on vacation. Just don’t forget to pack a nightlight or a flashlight so you don’t stub your toe on the way to the restroom in the middle of the night.
While everyone has a different opinion on where to book the most STABLE cabin on a ship, some experts recommend that to minimize motion sickness, booking an inside cabin, on a lower deck of the ship may be the best way to minimize the rocking and motion that you experience. Be careful though, because booking a cabin on a lower deck can also result in experiencing some engine noise and vibration. On the other hand, the lower decks on most ships can be conveniently located near the promenade deck, restaurants, atrium and other popular areas you may enjoy having easy access to. See, this isn’t an exact science.
Booking in inside cabin can be a great idea for people who want to get out of their room and explore the ship and ports. We’ve all heard those cruisers who claim to only use their room for “showering and sleeping”, right?
Well, in our experience, there’s a lot of truth to that. You might find that when you sail in an inside cabin, you’re more apt to find secret spots on the ship with the best views, take part in more onboard activities and to seek out adventure! This is definitely true for us.
Lastly, our number 5 reason to book an inside cabin is simple. If you book a balcony, you may get spoiled and not want to sail in something “lesser”, even when it makes more sense.
If you’ve settled on an inside cabin, we have a few tips for you. Check out our Inside Cabin Organization Video for some practical advice on how to make the most of the space.
Consider that some of the largest inside cabins at sea are on Carnival and Celebrity cruise lines. Also, Royal Caribbean’s newer ships have inside cabins with virtual balconies- something to consider!
One last tip- most cruise lines offer a bridge cam on the TV, so you can switch on the telly and see exactly where you are, and what the weather looks like, usually set to some really corny music.
Be sure to catch our video below on making the most of an inside cabin, where we share tons of hacks to organize your “cozy” stateroom to get the most out of the space.
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