If you haven't booked a cruise cabin before, you may find it a bit confusing. Keep reading for several tips to help you get started. Remember, it's next to impossible to make changes once you're on the ship.
- Seasickness is always a possibility. Choosing a midship stateroom on one of the lower decks really helps to prevent nausea.
- If you're a light sleeper or simply prefer a higher level of peace and quiet at night, book a cabin away from dining options, entertainment areas and staircases or elevators.
- Much of the time, the most affordable staterooms have an obstructed view. A beautiful view is what you give up in exchange for money saved. Keep this in mind, if you plan on spending a lot of time on your balcony.
- Let's talk about claustrophobia. If it affects you or anyone in your party, don't book inside staterooms unless it's absolutely necessary. These rooms are very small and don't have a single window. You may be able to work around it if you only use the stateroom to sleep and shower. But, it's always better to be safe than sorry!
- Never opt for the first cabin you see. Spend the extra time to shop around. Most cruise lines have sales throughout the year. If you book during one of these promotions, chances are you'll get a free upgrade or extra on board credit.
- If you're traveling with children, connecting staterooms can be your best friend on a cruise. Young children can't stay in a cabin alone. But, this can easily be rectified by having one adult stay in one room and one adult stay in the other. Generally, two smaller staterooms are more affordable than a larger one.
- No matter where the stateroom you book is located on the ship, make sure you're familiar with the location of the nearest lifeboats, fire alarms and other important areas in the event of an emergency.
These are just a few things to remember when choosing your cruise cabin. In this case, research is your friend. Typically, the more informed you are when you book, the better off you'll be.