Every cruiser lusts after the raved about the balcony room. What if I told you there are some serious advantages to an inside cruise cabin that you might not have considered? I just took my 8th cruise. I don’t think of myself as a cruising fanatic, but I am not a novice cruiser. I’ve stayed inside, window view and balcony cabins. All have pros and cons, but the inside is my favorite, and I don’t think I’ll ever spend the extra money on the balcony again.
Inside cabins have no windows at all. What this means is complete darkness – pitch black! And this translates to heavenly sleep! There is no chance of the sun peeking in, and you lose track of time. The element of now knowing if it’s morning, noon, or night is beyond relaxing.
Additionally, today, almost all inside cabins have a “fake” window that creates the allusion that you have a window. Some have painted scenery or video screens to make a wall appear like a window. Balcony cabins are not blacked out. No matter how great the design, there is always space on the window treatment that lets in the light.
Plenty of Room
Inside cabins have come a long way and are more significant than you think. There is plenty of room and plenty of cabin space. Some of them are laid out quite well and provide you with the same area as a typical hotel in NYC. The bathrooms are always smaller. Let’s be clear – microscopically tiny, but hey, ho.
Amenities Are Not Compromised
The amenities are identical. You get the same room service and downturns. Likewise, the bathroom is the same size regardless, and unless you are willing to splurge on a suite, overall, the only difference is a balcony!
Inside cabins offer you total privacy. No one can hear your conversations on the balcony. No one can see you. It’s like your private oasis. Don’t get me wrong – you have privacy in all the cruise cabins, but it’s absolutely on the inside.
This one may be obvious, but it’s a lot cheaper to stay in an inside cabin than it is to stay in any other category. When we cruised Alaska, we paid almost $3k to have a balcony in the hopes of seeing wildlife. This was a tragic waste of money. Not only is there a naturalist on deck calling all sightings, but it’s irrelevant if the wilderness is not on your side of the boat! I saw the tail of a whale and nothing else. What about the Caribbean, you may ask? Staring at the ocean is not exactly riveting – it’s annoying. The only time you catch a glimpse of activity is in port.
Check out how much closet space we had and how the automatic under-closet light turned on with motion!
FAQs About Inside Cruise Cabins
What is inside cabin on a cruise ship?
Inside cabins are windowless rooms in the middle of each deck rather than along the exterior edge. Due to the lack of natural light, these rooms are often the cheapest on cruise ships. It is common for inside rooms to be the smallest onboard.
How big is an inside cabin on a cruise ship?
Most major cruise lines (such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, Princess, and Holland America) will offer standard inside cabins between 150 and 185 square feet, standard outside cabins between 160 and 200 square feet, and typical balconies between 175 and 220 square feet.
Do interior rooms on cruise ships have windows?
No, interior rooms do not have windows. There are plenty of reasons to consider booking an inside room on a cruise, despite its lack of windows and compact size.
Do cruise ship cabins have a TV?
Yes, regardless of category, all cruise ship cabins feature televisions.
Suppose a balcony comes your way super cheap, as an upgrade, or, for free, fantastic. Otherwise, consider saving your hard-earned cash! You can take two, potentially three cruises if you opt for an inside cabin rather than the overrated balcony.
Nikki Webster is a travel writer who covers how to travel while grinding a day job without breaking the bank. Nikki is always in search of off-the-beaten-track experiences and unique stays. She is particularly fond of Florida and writes extensively about the state. She flies around 60,000 miles annually and has visited 68 countries, 50 states, and six continents. You can read all about her travels at www.britonthemove.com or follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.