We are planning our first cruise for next spring break (April 3-10, 2011). Is it worth the money to get an oceanview instead of an inside cabin? I'm worried about feeling claustrophobic. I wish we could get a balcony, but that's too pricy.
I must say, its great having a balcony, but if economics fall short, even a window will be enjoyable, hopefully there is not a huge difference between a window and an inside. Just keep checking prices and may-be enquire about booking a balcony guarantee, where you would get at least a balcony cabin, but you wouldn't pick a specific one. Then, at some point you'd be assigned a cabin. Worth checking into.
Hey, this is your first cruise and I think you just need to get on the ship! Yes, the view is worth it, but if the cost prohibits you booking outside, get the inside. The great thing about a cruise is that once outside of your cabin you are treated the same no matter where you are sleeping. Let us know how you enjoy the cruise.
Some people say "we don't spend much time in our cabin" these people generally have inside cabins...but seriously, to us it depends how long the cruise is, we would take an inside if it was REALLY cheap & the cruise was 4/5 days maybe... but generally an outside is the minimum we would go for.
Can I ask what ship you are thinking about sailing on?
I kind of works like this - the nicer ytour cabin the more time you spend there. Are you the kind of people that normally spend a lot of time outside of your house? Do you go for walks, try to catch outside entertainment, etc? Or do you spend a lot of time at home.
Even if you are the latter habing a balcony is not crucial - it just means you would be more likely to stay in it more.
There are other things that affect me more - what kind of TV set does it have (tiny old one, or a big flat panel) - is there enough room for both people to get ready, etc.
Also - on some ships the inside cabins are much smaller - just enough room to sleep and dress (Royal Caribbean, for example) than balcony cabins. But on Carnival there are many inside cabins that are very roomy and you will be comfortable.
On the Fantasy-class an inside or oceanview is just as good as a balcony, but on Voyager-class an inside is barely big enough for two people to get dressed at the same time.
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you have gotten some very good advise, its all about personal preference, i do not like inside cabins, because i like to look outside see the sun or moon and know if its daytime or nightime. We are balcony lovers, won't book anything else, but again thats our personal choice, i love Donna's idea of checking the prices between and outside and a balcony guarantee, if its not a whole lot of money,might be something to think about, i would go with at least an outside
I usually book inside cabins. A lot depends on the size of the inside cabin. On most Holland America ships, especially the older ones, the inside and outside cabins are in the 180-185 square ft. range. On my last cruise (Noordam), the cabin was only 150 square ft. and I actually got claustrophic one night. It was also poorly arranged, and I kept bumping into things.
Check the size of the cabin, as that can make a huge difference.
If finances allow, you won't regret getting a cabin with outside light. It makes a world of difference. You feel very isolated in an inside cabin, and I always feel like I am missing something. I must warn you though, once you have an outside cabin or balcony, it is really hard to go backwards and get a cabin without light. Now that we are hooked on balconies, it would not be easy to go back to an ocean view cabin. Having said that - if the deal was a great one - I would cave.
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I unfortunately booked an inside cabin on the Glory for Nov. 2010 and wishin I could afford a balcony. I will bring 3 of 4 boys with me. I am so afraid I will freak out knowing I'm going down to my deck on the empress deck. I have seen titanic way too many times. Please help me better understand how small or roomy this type of room is. Thanks SB
I have an inside studio on the epic on NCL it has a one way porthole (you can only see out) that faces the hall way. I am cruising solo and for the hell of it I will watch Titanic on my computer while I am in my cabin before i go to bed. .
My first cruise was inside room and it was fine.. we didn't stay in it much anyway. The last cruise we went on we got a balcony and I will never think twice (even with the higher price) about booking balcony from now on! Everyone will have different opinions of rooms and you will just need to keep on cruising to see what works best for you!!