Inside Vs Outside Cabin

Hi - newbie here never been on a cruise before.

I'm thinking of booking a 15 night Christmas cruise (going as a single).

Outside cabin (with a window/porthole) weighs in at a much higher price than an inside cabin without the window.

Is it worth paying the extra? As I've never cruised before, I have to admit I don't like the idea of the inside cabin with no natural daylight. Sounds like being shut in a box.

Would be interested to hear the opinions of seasoned cruisers on this....

14 Answers

Some people claim to only spend the sleeping hours in a cabin, for which an inside cabin is ideal (total darkness).

Others tend to get a bit claustrophobic in shut-in areas or simply desire natural sunlight, for which an oceanview is ideal. Others crave the idea of fresh air without having to make a trek from their cabin for which a balcony is ideal.

Others need more room for which a minisuite or suite is ideal.

Sorry not to give you a definite answer that you are looking for, but it is really a decision that you and your travelling companions must make together.

For me, I am uncomfortable (and probably will not cruise) in less than a balcony. For me, the extra price is well worth it.

I'm fine with an inside cabin for a short cruise as all I do in a cabin is sleep and shower. For longer cruises I enjoy a balcony when I have a lot of sea days.

Look at it this way, if you cruise in an inside cabin you will save $$ since you never had a window or a balcony you will not know what your missing so you will not miss it.

The majority of time on a ship you will not be out and about in the ship, you will only go to your cabin to sleep and shower. For reading I like to find a quiet place on the ship so I can also do some people watching and not be locked away in a cabin by myself.

I say save the $$ and then you can take another cruise in a few months Big Smile

Have you considered a porthole cabin if any are available for your cruise? We travel on a budget, and that’s the room that is suitable for us most of the time. We get to have lots of light, can see everything just fine since the 2 portholesare a good size, yet we don’t pay much more than the price of an inside cabin.

Looks like there will be 7 full days at sea including 3 back to back going down to Gibraltar from Amsterdam. Balcony isn't a big deal as I'm guessing the weather won't be that great until getting down to Madeira / The Canaries.

Yes, the saving is big by opting for an inside cabin but the price for the cruise isn't cheap by any means (presumably because it's Christmas/New Year) and I'd be disappointed if I found I was in a glorified broom cupboard.

Also, last Christmas was awful due to divorce so I feel somewhat justified in spoiling myself.

Definitely leaning towards an outside cabin...

The choice may also depend upon the cruise line and or ship. Some of the newer RCCL ships have what they call a virtual balcony on the inside state rooms now which means that even though you are inside it "looks" like you have a balcony. You just cannot sit on it.

My wife and I have always had a balcony and we love it. Once upon a time I swore I would never cruise without one. For reasons of affordability (addiction to cruising needs to be fed) our upcoming cruise is in one of the above mentioned inside cabins with the virtual balcony. I will report back on what we think of it.

All of the opinions above are perfect, yet I want to add mine. We have friends that only book inside cabins, because they are "light sensitive" and cannot sleep if there is any sunlight. But to avoid total darkness and not being able to "see" the sea, they leave the TV on the ship's cameras (a station usually available) all night. It works extremely well for them. Much like others, I feel claustrophobic in the inside cabin. I must admit, we have not had one with port holes which sounds like a good alternative.

I have sailed Inside, oceanview and balcony... I make a decision based on price. I am not claustrophobic at all and quite honestly I am not the type to hang out in my room. From the moment I wake up I am out on deck or doing something- even if its reading a book in a quiet spot. The only time I am in my room is to sleep and change clothes. For me, the light from outside and view is nice- but only if its not significantly more in cost. There is an $800pp price difference between inside and balcony on one of my future cruises... times two people in a room=$1600. I'd rather take another trip with that $1600. I say "to each their own"- make the decision that works for you and your budget- this is just my mindset when choosing.

There are significant pros and cons regarding inside cabins. One argument for, is the opinion "We are not going to be using are cabin except for sleeping as we are going to be out and about enjoying things." That argument has a lot of merit, particularly in a case where you only have 4 or 5 days on one of the largest passenger ships in the world with all sorts of stuff to do, see, and eat. On a longer cruise, I would think twice as some of those inside cabins are really tight and claustrophobic.

And today, you might just consider this ramification: If in the extremely rare chance you contract something and have to be quarantined to your cabin, for instance legionnaires virus, the cruise lines insist you stay put in your cabin, they provide you all meals, etc. You violate that, they send you home at the next port, your expense. On our cruises, where we have had nice balconies, that eventuality wouldn't bother me at all since we loved our cabins. However, I might go nuts in one of those inside cabins.

Getting long in the tooth now and so have changed preferences, for us today, if it is not at least a mini-suite, no cruise.

We cruise a lot on Carnival. So to save money we go inside cabin for 5 day cruises(we do most of these) as it is nice and dark, so we sleep great. On longer cruises, we go balcony.

Let your budget define what you do, however, there is the aspect of value both tangible (cost) and intangible(feel good). Views are nice and balconies are even nicer. Considering that you will be going on the cruise solo, I'm betting you may spend more time in the public areas than in your stateroom. That said this is a long cruise so having a view of some sort may make the experience more pleasant for the time in your stateroom.

Hope that helps.


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