Are inside cabins "THAT" bad? Considering one on Carnival in Feb - Opinions Please!
Hi! it's been years since I cruised, back them I always got an OV on a high deck. Seems these days all those cabins have been converted into Balcony cabins! The cruise I want is in Feb on carnival and a 7 day - either on Glory, Spendor, Valor or Breeze - The balconys are just too expensive and the only OV are down on deck 1 or 2. SO...Considering just saving several hundred dollars and trying out an Inside on deck 7,8 or 9 .... but will I hate it??????
I just don't want to feel claustrophobic and closed in. I think knowing I am on a high deck will help. Plus I hear that the TV will have a bridge channel I can leave on all night so I know when it's morning.
We always get an inside. If you don't plan on spending a lot of time in the cabin then no problem. On sea days I sit near the pool almost all day . If you do keep the tv on the bridge channel then you will know when it is light out.
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We have the same opinion as Nancy, we have been in all sorts of cabins/staterooms, and only spend time in them for getting changed. We even got to the stage on one cruise of trying to force ourselves to spend time on the balcony for the room we had been upgraded to, but it always seemed to be that the sealife was on the other side of the ship, so we saw less than if we were wandering the decks, or prom.
We did hear a one liner from a comedian once in which he stated "convert your inside room to an outside, by hanging curtains on the TV then tuning into the webcam ;o)
All cabins have good aircon, and clever use of mirrors gives them a larger appearance, two factors which helped Katrina not worry about feeling closed in.
At the end of the day, only you can say what is right for you, I would say give it a go, or you will never know.
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We have had inside, oceanview and balcony. The balcony is very nive to just walk out and set on them. But we are going on the breeze next June and I booked a inside again because there is too much difference in the price for no more than we used it. When we do have a inside cabin I leave bathroom light on and just crack the door so it's not pitch black in there.
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Inside cabins do tend to be smaller then a ocean view or balcony cabin. I have had all 3, interior, ocean view and balcony at one time or another, my defining factor was how much I had to spend. A interior, located in a area of the ship that is close to things you like to do can be better then a balcony in a bad location. I had a obstructed ocean view cabin on a Norwegian cruise that was just a couple doors down from the Blue Lagoon restaurant and absolutely loved it. Location, location, location can make all the difference in the world for whatever cabin you can afford at the time.
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Like many people, we'll often get an inside 'guarantee' cabin because it's the least expensive and we'd much rather spend less to cruise more than to spend more and cruise less. We've cruised in all types of cabins from inside to grand suites and really love balcony cabins and above, but it all depends on what we can afford and if it's a special occasion or not.
Depending on the ship, often the size difference between an inside, oceanview, and balcony is not all that much, so it really does boil down to how much extra the cost is versus how much you use your cabin. Some people hardly spend any time in their cabin, while others spend a great deal of time in it. We are not among the 'party' crowd, so if we have a balcony, we spend alot of time out there, especially on sea days. Then again, if we're in an inside cabin, then we tend to spend alot more time outside the cabin. And there's always something to do!
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It really depends on the individual, how much time you spend in the cabin, how many square feet the cabin is and if you get a claustrophobic feeling.
Personally, I am not a fan of inside cabins. I did an inside cabin one time. It was on HAL Ryndam and while it was a large inside (180 sq. ft.) I got inside cabin psychosis after four days. It was a fourteen day, Asian cruise. I'm glad it was a port intensive cruise but after that cruise I made two vows. 1. I would go back to Asia. 2. I would never book another inside cabin.
I know many people who have no problem with inside cabins. I just don't happen to be one of them.
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In the past we also stayed in a balcony room until the last cruise we were on. It was a shock at first to enter a room with no view, but after 1 day we became used to it. After that it was business as usual. Bottom line, an inside room did not change our cruise experience one bit.