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What are the different types of cabins on a cruise ship? Which cruise ship cabins to avoid? What are the best cabin locations on a cruise ship? What are the amenities offered, what is the average price (rates) – what is what!

Cruise ship cabins are often referred to as cruise staterooms or cruise accommodations. Their furnishings can range from “comfy” to “luxurious”, the cheapest tend to be smaller than an ordinary budget hotel room, while the largest of them rival many land based luxury resort suites – both as sizes and amenities, but mostly as prices. As to the prices – they range widely, determined by the cabin type, size and location, the line’s and ship’s ratings, destination and season, itinerary, travel agency, inclusions and bonuses, etc.

the 3 basic types of cruise ship cabins

(for detailed information, go to best and worst cabins on cruise ships)

  • what are the best cruise ship cabins locationsInside/Interior cabins are located on an inside hallway, they are without a window, and are the cheapest accommodations on the ship. On some of the newest cruise ships there are cabins with virtual windows – they show real-time data from the ship’s webcams outside.
  • OceanView/Outside cabin – has a large picture window or a port-hole window (especially on older ships). Could be full-view or partially/fully obstructed by a lifeboat.
  • Balcony cabins (Suites included by default) differ greatly as to class, size and location. An “obstructed view balcony” means a balconied stateroom partially obscured by lifeboats or other objects protruding from the ship’s hull.

On big ships you’ll find a number of cabin categories within each cabin type. This is according to location, size, features, quality of view, etc. Cabin rates vary not only by type and size, but also by category. For a particular cabin type, brochure/online prices usually apply to the lowest category. In your cabin every square inch is usable since the price of ships is generally determined by the number of their beds/berths. So luggage fits under the bed, while the items you unpack will be stored in closets and drawers.

which cruise ship cabins to avoid

After analyzing their deck plans, we’ll list here the most famous ships and their “worst” cabins. The “bad cruise cabins” issue is not about amenities, but location – and noise. Cabins located nearby the ships’ elevators or with some public areas above (restaurants, bars/clubs, kids areas), or near public bathrooms may present some noise concern during the day or late at night. The following table also shows the total number of cabins by ship and category (Inside, Outside, Balcony & Suite). Having a row filled with numbers means data was updated 2013.

ships by line total number of cabins / categories Inside Oceanview Balcony Suites connecting /adjoining cabins “bad” (cabins with noise issues)
- port side starboard inside
Azamara Quest 479 / 23 52 176 209 42 68 4000-4010, 4018-4046 4001-4011, 4021-4045 4028, 4034, 4038, 4035
Azamara Journey 475 / 23 48 176 209 42 68 4000-4010, 4018-4046 4001-4011, 4021-4045 4028, 4034, 4038, 4035
Carnival Breeze 1845 / 34 690 250 851 54 368      
Carnival Conquest 1487 / 34 610 304 521 52 155      
Carnival Dream 1823 / 37 715 217 835 56 254      
Carnival Ecstasy 1028 / 26 466 410 98 54 100      
Carnival Elation

1024 / 19

464 506 0 54 100      
Carnival Fantasy 1028 / 19 466 508 0 54 100      
Carnival Fascination 1026 / 25 466 408 98 54 100      
Carnival Freedom 1487 / 31 610 304 521 52 194      
Carnival Glory 1485 / 34 608 304 521 52 154      
Carnival Imagination

1008 / 19

448 506 0 54 100      
Carnival Inspiration

1026 / 19

466 506 0 54 100      
Carnival Legend

1063 / 28

281 99 633 50 56      
Carnival Liberty 1489 / 33 610 322 503 54 194      
Carnival Magic 1845 / 34 719 221 851 54 246      
Carnival Miracle

1062 / 28

281 99 632 50 56      
Carnival Paradise

1026 / 19

466 506 0 54 20      
Carnival Pride

1062 / 28

258 99 632 50 56      
Carnival Sensation 1026 / 25 466 408 98 54 100      
Carnival Spirit 1062 213 167 682          
Carnival Splendor 1503 / 34 606 308 537 52 190      
Carnival Sunshine - - - - - -      
Carnival Triumph 1379 / 31 565 278 486 50 153      
Carnival Valor 1481 / 34 610 304 515 52 162      
Carnival Victory 1379 / 31 565 278 486 50 154      
Celebrity Century 907 319 194 394          
Celebrity Constellation 1017 206 235 576          
Celebrity Eclipse 1425 140 70 1215          
Celebrity Equinox 1425 140 70 1215          
Celebrity Infinity 1023 212 235 576          
Celebrity Millennium 1017 206 235 576          
Celebrity Reflection 1515 155 70 1290          
Celebrity Silhouette 1443 144 70 1229          
Celebrity Solstice 1425 140 70 1215          
Celebrity Summit 1017 206 235 576          
Celebrity Expedition 45 0 37 8.          
Costa Allegra 399 182 207 10          
Costa Atlantica 1057 204 179 674          
Costa Classica 654 216 428 10          
Costa Deliziosa 1130 180 178 772          
Costa Fascinosa 1508 591 335 582          
Costa Favolosa 1508 591 335 582          
Costa Fortuna 1358 515 321 522          
Costa Luminosa 1130 180 178 772          
Costa Magica 1358 515 321 522          
Costa Mediterranea 1057 204 179 674          
Costa neoRomantica 789 228 401 160          
Costa Pacifica 1504 590 335 579          
Costa Serena 1500 590 347 563          
Costa Victoria 964 391 327 246          
Costa Voyager 416 126 278 12.          
Crystal Serenity 623 / 7 0 152 363 108 52      
Crystal Symphony 477 / 8 0 197 215 65      
(Cunard) ms Queen Elizabeth 1035 / 19 152 139 611 127 0      
(Cunard) RMS Queen Mary 2 1316 / 23 293 62 784 177 479      
(Cunard) ms Queen Victoria 996 / 18 138 139 591 128 0      
Disney Dream 1250 / 32 150 193 887 21 998 5024-5044, 5150-5184, 10060-10166 5524-5544, 5668-5684, 10560-10664 2045, 2545, 5005, 5003, 5001, 5501, 5503
Disney Fantasy 1251 / 32 150 199 880 21 999 10034-10056, 10060-10166 10534-10556, 10560-10664 2007, 2507, 2035, 2535, 2033, 2533
Disney Magic 877 / 21 256 237 362 22 198 2032-2052, 2070-2094, 2138-2152, 5000-5024 2532-2552, 2570-2594, 2638-2552, 5500-5524 2035-2044, 2535-2547, 2071-2088, 2571-2585, 2139-2153, 2639-2653, 2101-2111, 5001-5013, 5501-5513
Disney Wonder 877 / 21 256 237 362 22 198 2032-2052, 2070-2094, 2138-2152, 5000-5024 2532-2552, 2570-2594, 2638-2552, 5500-5524 2035-2044, 2535-2547, 2071-2088, 2571-2585, 2139-2153, 2639-2653, 2101-2111, 5001-5013, 5501-5513
(HAL) ms Amsterdam 690 133 385 172          
(HAL) ms Eurodam 1052 155 179 718          
(HAL) ms Maasdam 629 128 352 149          
(HAL) ms Nieuw Amsterdam 1053 156 179 718          
(HAL) ms Noordam 959 153 165 641          
(HAL) ms Oosterdam 958 154 165 639          
(HAL) ms Prinsendam 419 31 222 166          
(HAL) ms Rotterdam 702 125 358 192          
(HAL) ms Ryndam 630 129 352 149          
(HAL) ms Statendam 630 129 352 149          
(HAL) ms Veendam 675 138 344 193          
(HAL) ms Volendam 716 134 385 197          
(HAL) ms Westerdam 958 154 165 639          
(HAL) ms Zaandam 716 134 385 197          
(HAL) ms Zuiderdam 958 154 165 639.          
MSC Armonia 777 272 373 132          
MSC Divina 1751 405 124 1222          
MSC Fantasia 1637 294 85 1258          
MSC Lirica 780 276 372 132          
MSC Magnifica 1259 249 173 837          
MSC Melody 532 151 381 0          
MSC Musica 1275 275 173 827          
MSC Opera 856 359 297 200          
MSC Orchestra 1275 275 173 827          
MSC Poesia 1275 275 173 827          
MSC Sinfonia 777 272 373 132          
MSC Splendida 1637 294 85 1258.          
Norwegian Breakaway 2000 NA NA NA          
Norwegian Dawn 1170 389 274 507          
Norwegian Epic 2114 688 0 1426          
Norwegian Gem 1197 412 243 542          
Norwegian Getaway 2000 NA NA NA          
Norwegian Jade 1201 417 243 541          
Norwegian Jewel 1188 405 243 540          
Norwegian Pearl 1197 412 543 542          
Norwegian Sky 1002 430 313 259          
Norwegian Spirit 1009 386 223 400          
Norwegian Star 1174 391 274 509          
Norwegian Sun 978 293 393 282          
NCL America Pride of America 1069 226 182 661.          
(Oceania) Insignia 349 28 89 232          
(Oceania) Marina 629 18 20 591          
(Oceania) Nautica 349 28 89 232          
(Oceania) Regatta 349 28 89 232          
(Oceania) Riviera 629 18 20 591.          
P&O Adonia 355 24 74 257          
P&O Arcadia 1008 152 155 701          
P&O Aurora 935 284 245 406          
P&O Azura 1557 440 207 910          
P&O Oceana 1008 405 193 410          
P&O Oriana 941 331 480 130          
P&O Ventura 1538 434 223 881.          
P&O Pacific Dawn 798 178 436 184          
P&O Pacific Jewel 834 206 430 198          
P&O Pacific Pearl 770 173 533 64.          
Caribbean Princess 1548 443 224 881          
Coral Princess 987 118 152 727          
Crown Princess 1535 434 220 881          
Dawn Princess 1008 405 193 410          
Diamond Princess 1337 377 212 748          
Emerald Princess 1533 434 220 879          
Golden Princess 1296 365 212 719          
Grand Princess 1294 366 218 710          
Island Princess 987 118 152 727          
Ocean Princess 339 26 81 232          
Pacific Princess 339 26 81 232          
Royal Princess 1800 NA NA NA          
Ruby Princess 1534 434 216 884          
Sapphire Princess 1337 377 212 748          
Sea Princess 1008 405 193 410          
Star Princess 1296 365 212 719          
Sun Princess 1008 405 193 410.          
(Regent) Seven Seas Mariner 354 / 14 0 0 0 354 0      
(Regent) Seven Seas Navigator 253 / 8 0 0 0 253 40      
(Regent) Seven Seas Voyager 355 / 8 0 0 0 355 24      
Adventure of the Seas 1557 618 232 707          
Allure of the Seas 2706 496 254 1956          
Brilliance of the Seas 1055 238 239 578          
Enchantment of the Seas 1126 463 415 248          
Explorer of the Seas 1557 618 232 707          
Freedom of the Seas 1817 733 242 842          
Grandeur of the Seas 975 399 364 212          
Independence of the Seas 1817 733 242 842          
Jewel of the Seas 1056 238 241 577          
Legend of the Seas 902 327 343 232          
Liberty of the Seas 1817 733 242 842          
Majesty of the Seas 1195 460 672 63          
Mariner of the Seas 1557 618 232 707          
Navigator of the Seas 1557 618 232 707          
Oasis of the Seas 2706 496 254 1956          
Radiance of the Seas 1071 246 242 583          
Rhapsody of the Seas 999 407 363 229          
Serenade of the Seas 1056 238 241 577          
Splendour of the Seas 915 328 230 357          
Vision of the Seas 999 407 363 229          
Voyager of the Seas 1557 618 232 707.          
Seabourn Legend 106 0 64 42          
Seabourn Odyssey 225 0 26 199          
Seabourn Pride 106 0 64 42          
Seabourn Quest 225 0 26 199          
Seabourn Sojourn 225 0 26 199          
Seabourn Spirit 106 0 64 42.          
SeaDream I 56 / 4 0 54 0 2        
SeaDream II 56 / 4 0 54 0 2        
Silver Explorer 66 0 46 20          
Silver Cloud 151 0 36 115          
Silver Shadow 194 0 26 168          
Silver Spirit 270 0 12 258          
Silver Whisper 194 0 26 168          
Silver Wind 149 0 27 122.          

what does a cruise ship cabin look like (details/amenities)

where is the best cabin location on a cruise ship

  • All cabins have twin beds, usually convertible to create a queen bed, while suites may have king-sized beds. Family cabins may also have pull-down or bunk-beds (loft beds attached to the wall), sleeper sofa or an additional twin bed.
  • All have a small safe to lock in it all valuables while on board (passports, credit cards and cash, fine jewelry, iPads), at least 1 large wall-mounted mirror, individually controlled air conditioning.
  • All have private bathrooms with showers, basic bathroom amenities (typical for a motel, including a hairdryer), ship toilets operate by power suction.
  • All have a phone (wake-up call option, synchronized to ship’s time). Nowadays all ship cabins also feature a flat TV and a DVD player, a mini-bar and a small refrigerator (cans and bottles for sale; if you bring your own drinks, ask the steward to empty it first).
  • All have a reach-in closet, a shelf for life-vests, storage drawers (suites usually have walk-in closets with several shelves). Higher categories cabins also have a desk with a chair.
  • Power outlets are minimized to avoid fire risk. Near the bed (and the desk) there are  1 or 2 low-wattage (120V 60Hz) outlets for laptops.

Small Interior cruise cabin photo

A good cruise travel agent could be of a great assistance to you (using an agency services is highly recommended for first timers) guiding you through all the grades and cabin codes for the nuances of features, best locations and the best-worst cabins on a particular ship. This article is partially integrated with (here’s our surprise) cruise cabin cost or the big money ship cabins cost to be build! Then you’ll know for how much exactly you “rent” your “sea room” as a percentage of its total cost.

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