I have never stayed in an inside cabin and our next cruise we will because like you we are flying and wanting to save the extra money. Now I can tell you that on our 2nd cruise with the kids they had their own cabin and it was an inside. They loved it because it was dark all the time and they had no concept of time at all. They also kept it cold so it was like a meat locker but they had no problems with it vs. us having an oceanview. On our 3rd my parents went with and they did the inside and they didn't mind at all. Sure it was nice to look out the window but unless you are coming into port on the side your window is then it may not really matter. I do think that unless you can afford a balcony, save the money and go ahead with the inside.
I have stayed in inside cabins more than outside cabins. I have all inside cabins booked on my next cruises. I have absolutely no problem with an inside cabin. I like it dark for sleeping. When I have had an outside cabin I find I do not spend any more time in it than an inside. I sleep change clothes and clean up in the cabin and that is it. I have to much to do elsewhere on the ship.
If you are a person that likes to have a lot of room service or sit in the room for coffee in the morning you may prefer an outside cabin or a balcony so you can have the sunlight.
The only difference between an outside or inside cabin is that there is no window to look out of. If you need to save money I would go with the inside cabin. The experience will be the same, and that is you're on a wonderful CRUISE! You will probably be out of the cabin more than you're in. Have a good cruise!
We stayed in an Oceanview cabin first cruise, inside cabins for second because the whole family came along, and Balcony third cruise. Hate the inside cabins, hate not knowing when the sun is up!
But ... we have friends that have been on 11 cruises. First cruise inside, second cruise Oceanview, and from then forward they do inside because they prefer it. They like the dark, cool room, and they like saving money in this area to spend in other areas! So, to each their own ....
I have done 1 inside and 1 balcony. From now on I will do inside and save the money so that I can cruise more often!! Didn't spend enough time on the balcony to make it worth what it cost!! I hope this helps!
we,ve stayed in a inside cabin and really liked it just fine. it,s darker for better sleeping for me. plus it,s more economcial. there,s only so much to do in any room. wemostly wanted to dress or rest. all the rooms are nice.if you can afford a suite or balcony go for it if you spend alot of time in a room.good luck ! bud
I've had inside, outside, balcony, and mini suite. I prefer the latter but would and can be happy with any of the above.
Inside cabins have their advantages on northern sailings like Alaska or the Baltics. I wake up with the sun and am able to sleep more with an inside cabin.
Always ask the square footage of the cabin when booking. Some ships have awful inside cabins, others are great. H.A.L. and Celebrity inside cabins seem to be very nice. Princess and R.C.C.L. are a bit smaller, in general. N.C.L. has some down right extremely oppressive inside cabins, in my opinion. Some are smaller than broom closets. Ugh! Beware!
We've always had outside cabins or balcony cabins because Mrs. Thomas gets claustrophobia. But if it were me I'd save the extra money and get an inside cabin so I had extra money for the casino. You don't spend that much time in the cabin anyway.
We have been on about a dozen cruises. Have tried a variety of cabins. Last 7 have been strictly inside cabins. Found them to be just fine. We bring along a small nightlight & a small lighted clock. We have also found that the savings enables us to have a "free" cruise every third one.
I guess I'm in the minority here.
I have been on two cruises; had an inside cabin on the first one and an outside cabin on the second one. I booked the inside cabin because it was cheaper, and everyone said you don't spend much time in your room. Well, we discovered on that first cruise that we are "cabin people" and love to lounge in the cabin watching TV, reading, and ordering room service. The inside cabin made it easy to sleep in, but I almost couldn't stand not being able to see outside and know what the weather was like, whether the sun was up, where we were, etc.
If you don't plan to spend too much time in your cabin, an inside will be just fine. If you think you'll be in your cabin more than most people, you might prefer an outside. Just personal preference, but I don't think I'll book an inside again. For us it is worth the extra money to have a window.
Now posting as MichelleP.
We have done 2 inside, have our 3rd booked for a balcony. We really didn't stay in the room that much. We are splurging on a balcony this time to see if it is worth the extra $$$. Like the thought of breakfast on the balcony. We will see. Interesting topic though. Everyone is different.
I prefer to save the $ for shore excursions, shopping etc. We were hardly in our cabin at all the things that you will enjoy on the ship probably aren't in your cabin. Remember you can sleep in a lounge during the day and get a tan at the same time!
I'm surprised no one brought this up. We always book the least expensive inside guarantee available, and keep our fingers crossed we get upgraded. About 50% of the time we have received substantial upgrades, and ended up with an outside stateroom. Half of the time, we end up with an inside category upgrade, and almost always with a better room than what we paid for. Especially if we book far enough out.
Guarantee's are not for everyone. The location of the stateroom you get may not be the best. But we are willing to take that gamble, as it has paid off nicely for us. I can remember only once getting a room aboard the Norway that wasn't good at all. As luck would have it, we were upgraded to an outside room. However the room (tiny port hole and all) was so smokey, it was uninhabitable. We suffered through this for two days before we voluntarily downgraded to an inside stateroom twice the size of our original, and much better in terms of smell!
Sailfish, always always book a room you are satisfied with in the 1st place. I have cruised 4 times and only once was upgraded from inside to oceanview. You apparently have been lucky but that does not always happen and I would not suggest booking a room you would hate in the hopes of getting upgraded! Maybe that's why noone suggested it.
I have cruised twice and had outside cabins both times. I like having a window. Those cruises were ten years apart. Not wanting to have wait ten years for anothr cruise, I booked an insidecabin for my cruise this year in December. My thinking....a "closet" on a cruiseship is far better than being landlocked! I am a fairly flexible person and have an open mind about trying an inside cabin. I am actually being a bit more flexible, I have booked a guarentee. I know I will be thrilled in my little "closet" no matter where on the ship it is located. (hmmm I hope it isn't over the anchor!) lol
I would not, could not, stay in an inside if someone offered me a million bucks and held a gun to my head. Well, there might be a slight temptation. But I certainly would not be happy.
And I would probably sleep on deck.
I don't think that I am a snob or an elitist by any stretch of the imagination. But I want to know that I'm at sea. And I don't want to have to get dressed to find out
Claustrophobia is a funny thing. It's about having no sense of WHEN almost more than the sense of WHERE. To people who have a little bit of the clausterphobic thing going on (think of monks in cloisters) the idea of not knowing if it's day or night or where you are is, well, kind of off-putting. The medical people say it's fear of not knowing where the nearest exit is.
Me, I just want to see day and night.
So, if I cruise less frequently so I can have that porthole, that window, or (Yes!!!) that balcony, I am happy to pay the price.
I'll have to admit to never having an inside. But I think I would like one just fine if it weren't for Mrs. Thomas's claustrophobia, and I know I would like the savings.
We've had the balconies and absolutely loved them. It is so nice to be able to step outside your door and see the ocean, and sights, without having to migrate to an upper deck. But unless we are upgraded to one we don't usually have one.
We book the least expensive outside room and are happy with whatever we get.