What are the best cabins on a cruise ship as prices & amenities? Where are the best cabins on a cruise ship as location and by cruise line? You pay not that cheap price for a room on a floating resort (some are more like islands, really) and you ought to know what's best available on the market!
Where and what are the best cruise ship cabins are general question every first timer should ask before anything else. Cruise rooms are actually your tiny sweet home at sea. Generally, choosing the best cruise ship cabins is a very personal matter of choice. This choice depends mostly on individual preferences - line, ship, cabin size, view and deck location, amenities, prices. But it's also a group related matter as to the curiosity about other people's reviews and opinions on the subject. So here we are with our bag of information about what cruise cabins are most preferable, and where and why the best are the best. At the following link you'll find a basic info on cruise ships cabin types.
About the ship cabins pictures - we deliberately choose not to offer you photos of cruise cabins, since they are readily and in huge quantity available at Google Images. Not to forget the numerous "motion pictures" at Google Videos and YouTube. Another reason is the great number of ships and lines offering all kinds of cabin types, grades and category variations.
what are the best INSIDE cabins on cruise ships
- The cheapest Inside cabins are on Carnival. The Triumph and Victory ships are with the most spacious rooms in the "low budget" category - way larger in size compared to any other line (195 sq-ft, 18 m2).
- The best mid-priced Interior cabins are on Celebrity. The Celebrity ships Constellation, Infinity, Millennium and Summit cabins are 171 sq-ft (16 m2), on Disney ships Magic and Wonder they are 173 sq-ft (with a bath and a half, & a bathtub). On the Holland America ships Maasdam, Ryndam, Statendam, Veendam, Volendam and Zaandam cabins are 182 sq-ft (17 m2), but somehow better decorated than the Carnival's. Princess Sun-class ships have Insides of 135-148 sq-ft (13-14 m2) in size.
- The best luxury Inside cabins are on Windstar ships - Spirit, Star and Surf - extremely beautifully decorated, their size is 180 sq-ft, with an ample closet space.
what are the best OCEANVIEW/OUTSIDE cabins on cruise ships
- The best cheap Ocean-view cabins are on Carnival Conquest class ships (size 220 sq-ft, 20 m2) - ample drawer-closet space, a sitting area with sofa, a convertible king bed, category 6A cabins have a 12 sq-ft (1 m2) window. Royal Caribbean ships of the Voyager- and Freedom class also have some of those - the cabin category F (size 211 sq-ft (20 m2) features a 12,3 sq ft window, cabin category FO ("family oceanview", size 265 sq-ft (25 m2) is with 3 berths (a king & 2 singles). The average RCL outside cabin is 180 sq-ft in size. Porthole cabins are very often offered at Inside cabin rates, but they are significantly bigger then an Inside or an Oceanview.
- The best mid-priced Outside cabins are on the "compass" HAL ships Noordam, Zuiderdam, Oosterdam and Westerdam. These Oceanviews are among the largest at sea (size 194 sq-ft, 18 m2), with 2 lower beds convertible to a queen. The Celebrity Solstice "Family OceanView" has a very small Veranda (still sold as Ocean-View, full size 575 sq-ft, 53 m2, located forward of the ship, with slanted walls). Princess ships of the Sun class (size 178 sq-ft, 17 m2). The Celebrity ships Constellation, Infinity, Millennium and Summit (size 172 sq-ft, 16 m2, lots of closet space). The Disney ships Magic and Wonder staterooms are with a bath and a half (size 173 sq-ft).
- The "Best Luxury" Ocean-View cabins are on the Crystal Symphony ship (size 202 sq-ft, 19 m2) and on the RSSC Seven Seas Navigator (size 301 sq-ft, 28 m2, all with a large picture window). The Seabourn ships don't have balconies, but have sliding glass doors instead, and outside cabins offer sizes of 277 sq-ft (26 m2), with a separate sitting area, a walk-in closet, marble baths, a hot-tub, marble vanities. On the SilverSea ships Shadow and Whisper, the lowest category outside rooms are "Vista" - with a picture window (size 287 sq-ft (27 m2), while the standard balcony is 345 sq-ft (32 m2).
what are the best BALCONY cabins on cruise ships
- The cheap Balcony cabins are on Carnival ships again - Spirit, Legend, Pride and Miracle - size 185 sq-ft (17 m2) with a balcony of 40 sq-ft (4 m2).
- Mid-Priced Balcony cabins - Celebrity Solstice (195 sq-ft, 18 m2), comfy and beautifully decorated. The Celebrity's concierge-staterooms offer upgraded services and bonus amenities, and have extra-large bathrooms. Disney Magic and Wonder balcony rooms (size 253 sq-ft, 24 m2) are among the largest in the industry. HAL Maasdam, Ryndam, Statendam, Veendam; Volendam and Zaandam Balcony staterooms are 234 sq-ft (22 m2) in size with a 50 sq-ft (5 m2) veranda. The NCL ships Gem, Jade, Jewel and Pearl - category AF Mini-suites (concierge services) are 234 sq-ft (22 m2), balcony 54 sq-ft (5 m2) while a standard balcony cabin is 162 sq-ft (15 m2, with a 38 sq-ft / 3,5 m2 balcony) and the prices differ slightly.
the best SUITE cruise ship cabins
- The most cheap cruise Suites - Carnival, of course (read all about it at Carnival cruise suites).
- Mid to Low-priced cruise suites - the Princess ships Mini-Suites are better choice than an average balcony, and are often available for little over US $1,000 per person. Norwegian ships Gem, Jade, Jewel, Pearl - category AB (Penthouse Suite, size 490 sq-ft, 45,5 m2, with a balcony of 54 sq-ft (5 m2) - the best deal on affordable luxury staterooms. They have a separate adult bedroom (queen bed), kids bedroom, separate living and dining areas, luxurious bathroom with hot-tub, DVDs, butler and concierge services.
- The best Luxury cruise suites. The Regent ships Seven Seas Mariner and Voyager are "all suite all balcony" - sizes vary from 301 to 2,000 sq-ft (28-186 m2). SilverSea's Whisper and Shadow - "Veranda Suites" are of 345 sq-ft (32 m2), the "Silver Suite" is 701 sq-ft (65 m2). The two Crystal Line ships Serenity and Symphony have 2 basic suite categories - Veranda and Penthouse. Category PH (Penthouse) is 367 sq-ft (34 m2), the Penthouse Suite is 500 sq-ft (46,5 m2). Both categories are with top luxury bathrooms (gold-plated hardware, marble sinks, huge tubs), comfortable beds and sofas. The Windsurf ship has its "suites" made of 2 connecting cabins (total size 360 sq-ft (33 m2).
where are the very "Best of the Best" SUITES on cruise ships
- On the SilverSea ships Whisper and Shadow - the 1-bedroom "Royal Suite" is 1,352 sq-ft or 126 m2 (the 2-bedroom version is 1,697 sq-ft (158 m2), the "Grand Suite" is 1,435 sq-ft or 133 m2 (2-bedroom is 1,780 sq-ft (165 m2) and the "Owner's Suite" is 1,553 sq-ft (144 m2). The last category "top luxury cruise suite" prices start from the modest US $850 per person per day!
- The NCL cruise suites on Gem, Jade, Jewel and Pearl ships are the "affordable choice". The Norwegian Pearl's "Garden Villa" boast a staggering size of not less than 2,320 sq-ft (216 m2) plus a huge balcony measuring 1,035 sq-ft (96 m2). The Norwegian Jewel's two Garden Villas are combined into an almost 5,000 sq-ft (465 m2) mansion. Floor-to-ceiling windows, deck furniture, a separate bedroom (1 king bed), a fabulous private bathroom with hot-tub, 2 additional bedrooms with their own private bathrooms, a living room, a dining room.
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