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Claustrophobia and Interior Cabins
For the first few years of our cruising lives, we booked nothing but interior. We were able to cruise so economically that some years we even took two! That aside, we never spent a lot of time in the cabin and when we were there, we slept. It did not matter to us that it was interior. It did not feel too tight and closed in.
Now, we book balcony cabins or mini suites because my husband spend more time in the cabin than he used to. Having a nice view and outside space is more important than it use to be.
It really comes down to what your priorities and needs are.
We have had an Oceanview only once, we like the interior, not just for the price point but because we can go nap at times. They are really not that small,and we don't spend a great deal of time in the cabin. Make sure you study the ship and pick the best location. Which ship are you thinking of?
I book insides for the most part. If you are claustrophobic leave the bathroom light on and close the door. Enough light escapes that you can move around if you need too. Works for me a t least.
We had an inside cabin once, and we both hated it. Hubby is claustrophobic, and I needed to see daylight.
Some interior cabin users use a night light to help with the feeling of being cramped and claustrophobic.
I would have to choose a different vacation -- I would not enjoy an inside cabin.
I do hope, however, that the OP enjoyed his cruise 5 years ago!
Some folks can simply get their heads around being in confined locations, for instance I have friends who work underground where both elbows touch the walls and to get to work they slither along on their bellies with their backs touching the ceiling. Take a look at those who are confined in correctional institutions, sometime they make it a lifetime.
Here is an excellent example, Papillon, relatively new movie out on him, saw it on our last cruise. 6 years in solitary. https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.gstatic.com/tv/thumb/v22vodart/15528384/p15528384_v_v8_al.jpg&imgrefurl=http://google.com/search?tbm%3Disch%26q%3DPapillon&h=1440&w=960&tbnid=6M_XNwvGVDRhCM:&q=movie+papillon&tbnh=186&tbnw=124&usg=AI4_-kR1UU4euiPGN32mRWNajTrnCnfhrg&vet=12ahUKEwim_IO8vPXfAhWRKnwKHchMD9wQ_B0wH3oECAIQBg..i&docid=a9ivlpzmnZzENM&itg=1&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwim_IO8vPXfAhWRKnwKHchMD9wQ_B0wH3oECAIQBg
Only you could compare PAPILLON imprisonment with cruising in a box. and make it sound sort of interesting....but....noooooo…...
If all you are doing is sleeping and showering it is just fine, chances are you will spend most of your time in the dining rooms, show rooms, clubs, casino, bars by the pool and in port so paying twice as much is just a waste of money. now if it is a cruise with 7 days at sea then you would spend more time in the cabin watching movies on the TV and reading, then a balcony may be worth it.
It all depends on budget and personal taste.
claustrophobia here for sure.