Cruise Ship Cabin Size sqft Ranges

So we all know when the cabins are all labeled "Balcony cabins are approximately 300sqft" and when you call the cruise line (as the website advises if you want to know more about cabin size) the rep will SWEAR to you that all balcony cabins are exactly 300sqft. Is there a website or other way to get cabin-specific info on the actual size of the room or your just left with approximately 300sqft? (if you do some digging you can get it to a range, say 280-364sqft)

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Ive found that its virtually impossible to get that EXACT figure. Cruiselines websites will give you whats purported to be an exact figure for certain classes, but, interestingly, the more you pay, the less actual exact info you'll get...certain levels of suites for example, have a wide range of sizes..Interior cabins, not so much. Then, of course, you have reality. So you're satisfied its 300 sq. ft. for example...right, subtract the sq area for places you cant walk..like your bed, an assortment of furniture, wall units etc...and what d'you have left? I can still remember reading the sq area of our first cruise cabin (a balcony) online..and the MISTRESS OF THE UNIVERSE asked "how big is that?" well I laid it out with a tape...our master bedroom/bath was considerably bigger, and I cheated and didn't include our walk in closet.


As an aside, we discovered certain ships have whats known as bump out balconies. That is, instead of most balconies being the same standard side, some have been bumped out on one side, to accommodate hallways and elevators inside the ship. You can see them on BREAKAWAY and GETAWAY for example. we stayed in one last NOV...reserved it early..discovered people seemed to fight over getting one, and yet I couldn't find ANY comment anywhere about the actual difference in size. one side is exactly the same as a standard balcony partition. the other side is bumped out...well, I brought a lil tape measure with me, to satisfy my own curiousity..the difference in sq footage is just barely big enough to accommodate a chaise, on balconies that usually only have 2 chairs and a table. No I wont post the amount, let the guess work continue. However, you CAN see down the entire length of the ship, towards the bow or stern, depending on which cabin you have. SOLD!...Got another one in the same cabin, same ship in about 14 days (wheres that countdown clock?)

and now, we go after them..every time we're gonna be on a ship that has them. I think the point is that it not the actual size of the cabin, (depending on how many are in your party of course)but the amenities, and the LOCATION that make the most impact.

Its not difficult to find comments all over cruise blogs about newbies commenting about "how small they are.."...yep...until you book a suite, or higher...

thanks for such a detailed response in such a short period of time. As a frequent cruiser I know all too well about the location etc being factors in the decision, this was more asking has anyone gotten any real sense of the size on a large scale? Sure you can bring a tape measure but it's unlikely that you ever stay in the same cabin again in your life. Personally, I know generally the size of cabins based on their category, but for telling others looking into rooms it is useful to have a comparison to something they already know.

I went thru that exercise, and if someone could actually find something cabin specific, not merely generic, it really would be of great use. The reps at cruiselines are looking at the same thing you are..Ive spoken to reps on the 3 lines Ive been on and Im satisfied they don't know much more than you do...they'll give you generic answers. Unless you could actually see "as built" plans, which you wouldn't get. The discussion in here comes up from time to time about using TA's...salespeople basically...how do THEY know any different?...and if they quote you a figure re the size, you going to measure it? probably not, are they looking at different deck plans than you? ...did the person you spoke to use that exact cabin? is it the same size as the one two doors down? and if its 10 sq ft bigger, would that matter? would you pay more for it even if you knew?

We have cruised in the same cabin, same ship twice so far, by booking it early enough. And were doing it again in 14 days, same cabin, on the BREAKAWAY as the one we had in NOV.. so it can be done if you plan way ahead. In a weird way its like coming home.

FWIW, You asked an interesting question.. I would LOVE to be able to access the actual sq footage of a cabin I'm interested in, not some generic representation.

A TA can answer the question "Is the balcony on a Princess Royal class the same size as or smaller than a balcony on a Carnival ship?", whereas the cruise line rep will not answer it.

(The princess balcony is smallerWink)

We were surprised how much smaller the Princess balcony is compared to the Carnival balcony. It isn't a lot but definitely noticeable.

Not to belabor the point, but hasn't that got more to do with the two ships you're comparing? How would anyone know what size balconies were fleetwide? or another ship same fleet different class? I can remember the smallest BATHROOM I have EVER been in on a cruise ship...It was on the NCL SPIRIT...they were so small the comedians made it part of their evening routines...rhetorical questions re overweight passengers fitting in it etc...course THAT ship was originally built for the Oriental trade, different cruiseline.....smaller people..and no I didn't make it up either. And we enjoyed that ship so much (and given some things happening in my wifes life at the time), that we booked her (the ship not my wife) again...SAME cabin about a year later. So I'll stand by my .02, that a difference of a couple of square feet of actual usable floor space is a non-starter, and for the most part probably unnoticeable. Even if you had some way to get actual real numbers. which are unavailable. to anybody..

When a balcony goes from 4 feet deep (pretty much standard across Carnival ships) to 3 feet deep (Royal class), that 1 foot = 25% loss of space = a small difference in numbers, a large distance in legroom.

As far as a cabin being one foot smaller, I would agree with you. As far as useable space, you need to consider the walk-in closets on Princess -- useable space or not? Granted you don't "live" in that area, but they sure are nice to have.

I agree with you! Our first sailing with Princess was on one of the newer ships (brand new at the time) the Regal Princess and we were a bit surprised that there was less furniture and less open space in the cabin than we had become accustomed to by sailing on any Carnival ship. Then we sailed on an older Princess ship, Island Princess, and found that the shower was so tiny we hit our elbows, and we are not that big. I asked one of the really big (football player size) guys how he managed. He said he washed half at time. This is comparing balconies only. If I had my way and all the $$$, I'd always have a suite, because I like space and double sinks.Wink

Oh absolutely...Id love to just book a suite every time without a second thought...but then, multiply the difference times the number of cruises we take (or try to) every year, and suddenly it adds up pretty quickly to the cost of a cruise in a balcony. I wish I could cruise in an inside..At those prices I could live in the thing year round...and have enough left over for mental heath breaks, in an asylum...but they'd put me right back in a box too...without the drink package!

BTW, subtract a foot or so of balcony, and a foot or so of cabin width from every balcony cabin on a given deck, and suddenly cruiseline X has room for another dozen+ cabins per deck..or more...

Read closely when you read the sq. footage the lines provide, is the balcony included or not. Most appear to be reluctant to give both dimensions, but lump them together.

Also, be careful of cabin interior pictures. Sometimes folks use the wide angle, but that tends to squish items together. For instance, the distance between the end of the bed and wall.

Here is a shot of a mini-suite on the Pacific Princess, which we really like. However, what is missing is what is behind the photographer, a dinky bathroom and a dinky clothes cabinet. A similar shot in a concierge suite on the Seven Seas Mariner (same basic size as a mini-suite on the Pacific) makes the Mariner cabin look inferior. However, what is missing as well, is the rest of the cabin behind the photographer, a huge walk in closet and a fairly large bathroom with a huge walk in shower, not to mention that the Mariner has a large heavy draw curtain to make it a real mini-suite which Princess doesn't provide.

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