When it comes to choosing a cruise ship cabin, several factors need to be considered before sheltering the right one. Cruises can last for several months, and for a stress-free experience, getting the best cabin for you is a priority.

There are four basic cabins in a cruise, and there are many variations of them. However, the basic ones are the following:
1) Inside (cabin with no window, in an inside corridor)
2) Outside (window or porthole for view)
3) Balcony (bonus verandah to step outside)
4) Suite (large cabin with separate sleeping areas)

First thing to consider when choosing a cruise ship cabin is location. Especially for those who tend to get sea sick easily, a proper location is imperative. In this case, lower and more central cabins are recommended, since they will feel less roll and sway. Some travelers prefer to be close or away from certain locations on the ship. For those who love the sun, an upper desk cabin is recommended, as they are near to the pools and sun desks, while party people tend to choose midship cabin, which is close to entertainment hubs. Those who want to avoid the noise, choose a cabin that is both below and above other cabins. Balconies offer the best view, but they are mostly located at the very back of the ship, away from lots of activities. And finally, when going on a cruise through some historic locations, strive for a cabin that provides view to the land, not to the sea.

Size of the cabin is the next thing to consider. There are different shapes and sizes of cabins. Usually, inside and outside cabins are of the same size (the only difference is outside have a window or porthole for view and natural light flow). Most of the time, the decision on the size of the cruise ship cabin lies mainly on the budget. Everyone wants bigger space, however the question has always been ‘who can afford it’?. Another factor is traveler’s lifestyle. For those who spend most of their time in public areas, the size of their cabin is not a huge problem. Just for reference, the size of cabins can be measured like this:

  • 120 square feet (cramped and low-end)
  • 170 square feet (midrange)
  • 225 square feet (spacious)
  • 250 square feet (suite sized)


In the past several years, cruises began to offer family cabins. In their essence, family cabins are suites, with separate rooms for children. Solo travelers may need to find a companion, since very few ships offer cabins for solo travelers.

Once travelers decide their budget and the cabin they want/need, the next question is when to book it? Putting an early deposit guarantees travelers they get the cabin they like. If the time is right and the price is right, there is no point in waiting. Those who wait for last minute offers are very flexible tourists, who can adjust to any cabin they get.