Before booking a cruise, you need to look at the ships layout and decide where on the ship you'd like a cabin. Usually, the higher up you go, the price goes as well. Always look and see what is above and below your cabin, just in case some noisey public area is too close. For less a less moving feeling, mid ship is always good.
Can someone explain to a newbie what the cabin categories mean?
What is the top category and corresponding number?
Are these designations standard across all cruise lines?
Thanks in advance !
Categories are just a means the cruise lines came up with to identify cabin locations.... and a means to seperate them by price point.
There is no standard in the industry, and in fact, many cruise lines keep changing, adding new categories, to charge just a bit more again for a "category" they deem to be in a slightly more desiirable location, or in some cases an added benefit.
The very basic "category" break up is inside, oceanview, balc, mini-suite, suite. From their the cruise lines just like to get inventive within, to charge a bit more.
You can also book a catagory guarantee, where they gurarantee that catagory, you can't pick a specific cabin, just the catagory. You can usually save a few bucks that way, but you may not even know your cabin # until closer to your cruise, but if you really just say, want a window or balcony cabin, you can book that way, same with inside if that is what you want. You will always get at least that catagory, sometimes if that one fills up, an upgrade. You really can't count on upgrades, but they do happen sometimes.
More confusing is the Celebrity Equinox categories.. If you go to their web site and put in a certain cabin # ...you may find yourself somewhere else. It seems they change the categories and locations. So, a C2 may not be the same cabin/location six months or a year earlier... Go Figure!!
Not only have I found each ine different, but dates changes on cruises also change categories. As for t/a I still insist I do the work and find the cabin I want and they get the $$$ but ask them to do something extra and THEY CAN'T