I don’t plan to spend much time in my cabin. What’s the most affordable way for me to get on the ship?
The most affordable way to get on the ship is to book an “inside guarantee.” The rate is often a little lower than the rate for the lowest category on the ship. You will not receive a cabin number when booking. It will be assigned as late as the day of sailing. And your cabin assignment could be in any category on the ship. You could receive the lowest category on the ship or the highest. You never know. However, expect an inside cabin. The drawback is that you don’t know where you’ll end up. It could be the front, back or middle, so if that’s a concern to you, we recommend avoiding this pricing program.
Since most cabins on today’s ships only differ by the fact they’re on a different deck, most folks don’t mind taking a chance of where they end up. Most of our clients who take advantage of this deal are quite satisfied with their accommodations. If you seriously plan to spend little time in your cabin, then consider this promotion.
Where is the best location for my cabin if I’m concerned about the ship’s motion?
While motion sickness shouldn’t be a major concern on today’s ships, you should still know the best way to avoid it if possible. If it’s available, you should request a cabin that is relatively close to the middle of the ship. If you can imagine a see-saw in the play ground, it’s the ends that go up and down, not the middle. You should also look for a cabin that’s closer to the bottom of the ship, not the top. The higher you are, the greater the potential to feel a left to right rolling motion. Again, today’s ships are fully stabilized making your cruise comfortable in virtually any location. As a matter of fact, if motion discomfort were such an issue, the suites on a ship wouldn’t be at the top and near the front.
Is an Oceanview cabin worth the extra money?
Our clients tell us the biggest advantage of having an Oceanview cabin is that it makes your cabin seem so much bigger. It’s amazing what natural light will do for a room. It also gives you some perception of time. When you wake up at 7:00 am in an inside cabin, you can’t tell if it’s 2 in the morning or 3 in the afternoon. For them an Oceanview cabin is worth it for this reason alone. Want to know what the weather’s like? Open your curtain. With an inside cabin, you throw on some clothes, run outside and run back again.
On the other hand, our other valued clients say the opposite. “Who needs a window? I’m only going to be in there when I sleep anyway. I could use that extra money on shore excursions, my bar tab, or my next cruise.”
How may people can I accommodate in my cabin?
Most cruise ship cabins are built to accommodate two passengers. However, there are many on each ship that can accommodate three and four passengers. These cabins are obviously very popular among families and go quickly during family vacation times. So book them early if you need them.
Is there any difference between cabins on the lower decks and cabins on the higher decks?
You find the deluxe cabins and suites on the higher decks of a cruise ship, so, yes, there is a difference here. However, standard inside cabins, oceanview & balcony cabins are basically the same on any deck.