Selecting a Cabin

Choosing the right cabin for your Caribbean cruise is important to the outcome of your trip

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One of the most important questions you will be faced with when booking your Caribbean cruise vacation is where on the ship you want to lodge. Deciding on your cruise ship accommodations may be a harder decision to make than you'd expect, as there are a lot of things to consider when trying to choose a cabin.

You can choose from more than 20 kinds of cabins on some ships, which can range in price and size depending on which cruise line you select. Get a better idea of the cabin designs by reviewing the cruise ship layout either on-line or in its brochure. The type of cabin you purchase will determine the luxuries and amenities available in your room. Location is also very important when determining where you want to stay on the ship. The cabin you choose will more than likely reflect your personal preference, as well as how much you plan for your travel budget. During the decision making process, take heed a few key tips that can help you choose the right cabin for your vacation.

Keep in Mind

Consider the following when trying to decide the type of cabin for your Caribbean cruise:


The location of your cruise ship cabin is important because it can greatly determine how comfortable you are during your trip.

  • Your location on the ship can effect whether or not you fall ill to seasickness, a fate suffered by many unlucky cruise ship passengers. Mid-ship and lower deck cabins are generally the most comfortable rooms for passengers who are prone to motion sickness. These locations are more stable against the waves and buoyant motion of the ship. There are also several ways to prevent and soothe the symptoms of seasickness. You can read more about how to handle queasy situations at sea in the Seasickness section of Caribbean Cruises.
  • The amount of noise and overall traffic you will experience during your stay on the ship will also depend on the location of your cabin. For instance, cabins near high-traffic areas like pools, dining areas, or near the engine room will have more sound pollution than an outer cabin with a private balcony. If strange noises easily disturb you, request accommodations away from such areas. On the other hand, if you want to be close to all the action, you can try and get a room near a night club, dining area, pool and other social gathering areas.
  • The location of your cabin will also determine what kind of views you can enjoy aboard the ship. Cruise ship cabins are either on inside or outside locations. Inside cabins do not have windows and are situated in interior corridors.  Outside cabins, on the other hand, have a window or porthole with a view outdoors. Some outside cabins also have balconies, which offer a 180 degree views over the stern's wake. Outside stateroom cabins with balconies are located further away from the activities. Some standard rooms and many suites are located at the aft "corners" of a ship, with a balcony that curves up the side enabling you can see where you're going and where you've been at the same time. The cabin's view and location do not necssarily effect the cabin size.


When choosing a cabin it is important to determine how much space you need; if your cabin is too small to accommodate your travel needs, you may end up having an uncomfortable cruising experience.  Will children be sharing your cabin?  Sofa sleepers are included in some cabins; cribs are available for babies.

  • When it comes to size, newer model cruise ships have expanded their cabin sizes, so if you're looking for larger rooms on the sea, consider some of the newer ships.
  • Obviously, larger cruise ship cabins are more expensive than standard size cabins. Larger cabins and mini suites have more luxurious amenities and ofen are booked sooner than regular cabins. The accommodations in standard state rooms are comfortable and should be considered especially if you are busy with activities and programs offered, and plan to spend much of your time in the common areas of the ship.

Amenities, Etc.

Finally, when choosing your cruise cabin, you should consider the services and amenities that are important to you.

  • The kind of cabin you reserve can determine what kind of services and amenities your receive during your time aboard the ship. Some cabins (usually the more luxurious ones) have butler services, in-room whirlpools, and other pampering elements. You can also reserve rooms specifically designed to accommodate families and those traveling with youngsters.
  • One of the main factors in choosing your cabin, aside from personal preference, is how much you plan to spend. If you're on a tight budget you can still get a comfortable cabin, although it will probably be smaller and come with fewer amenities than one of its more expensive counterparts. You can also pay extra to guarantee the room of your choice, or upgrade your cabin accommodations after you've already purchased your room.

Size, location, amenities, and price are the main four things you will need to consider when determining what kind of cabin will be the best choice for your Caribbean cruise getaway.  While these things may not seem like much individually, put them all together and they can make or break your cruising experience.


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