5 Reasons to Think Twice About Booking An Inside Cabin
Inside cabins can be a fantastic deal, but you need to make sure staying in a small, windowless room isn't going to put a damper on your entire vacation. Here are five reasons you should consider upgrading from an inside cabin:
1. You might not be saving that much money.
The rate varies widely, but balcony cabins can cost up to twice the price of an interior stateroom. If you’re trying to estimate the cost of your cruise, this means that a couple on a 7-night sailing can save up to $1,000 total by booking an inside cabin! But in other cases, upgrading to a balcony cabin (or even an oceanview stateroom) might only cost an extra $100 to $200 for the entire cruise. Sometimes, agencies or cruise lines will even have promotions with free cabin upgrades, and if the sailing is underbooked, the line might reach out and ask if you want to upgrade your cabin for a reduced price (or even for free!).
2. You will probably spend more time in your cabin than you think.
Plenty of first-time cruisers have every intention of experiencing everything the ship has to offer, from sipping lattes and catching the sunrise on the lido deck to partying well past midnight in the dance club. But after four or five days of constant activity, the fatigue can start to set in. Suddenly, spending a night in your cabin with room service sounds far more appealing than catching a show or dancing the night away. If that does happen (and there’s a good chance it will), it’s FAR more enjoyable to spend your evening on your private balcony than in a dark, windowless room.
3. There's a chance you're a bit claustrophobic.
Remember that when you book a balcony cabin, you’re not just paying for the balcony itself. Balcony cabins are always larger than inside cabins, and even oceanview staterooms come with a few extra square feet of space. There are a few tricks you can do to make your inside cabin feel larger than it is, but small living spaces can affect people psychologically if they’re not used to it. After all, it’s called “cabin fever” for a reason.
4. You're traveling with a large party.
Couples (or solo cruisers paying single supplements) can usually handle an inside cabin. But cramming three or four passengers into most inside cabins can quickly turn into a logistical nightmare. Simple things like sharing a bathroom or finding enough storage space become complicated issues, and trying to get ready for a night out can feel like the worst game of Twister you’ve ever played in your life.
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5. Inside cabins are not ideal for scenic and extended itineraries.
For scenic itineraries like Alaska or New England, watching the beautiful coastline roll by from your cabin is a huge plus. The length of your itinerary is also something to keep in mind: It’s one thing to book an inside cabin for a short, 3-5 night sailing, but if your itinerary is longer than seven days, don’t be surprised if your cabin starts feeling a bit smaller every day.