We've been on several cruises and have usually booked an oceanview or balcony cabin. Next year we're going on a baltic cruise and decided to try an interior cabin. We've been told that most of the baltic ports aren't that picturesque and since we'll be at sea at night there's not that much to look at anyway.
We love a bargain and interior cabins are less expensive and only 5 sq. ft. smaller than an outside cabin. However, we are concerned about it feeling claustrophobic and it being somewhat cave-like.
Couldn't do an inside; very spoiled by a balcony. We will be on Jewel 12/10/05. We understand it is a very beautiful ship . We chose a Superior cabin with balcony because the staterooms are larger. This is not a dress rehearsal; splurge.
An interior cabin is a very cost-effective way to save money. Yes, you are going to have to go up on deck to see any sights, but try and termine how much you like to stay in the cabin.
Art's one complaint is he cannot tell the weather, but I think this is easy to overcome.
On claustrophobia, often I will just leave the door open to stave off this feeling. Do know that when you turn out the light, it is pitch black, so a lot of people say they have a tendancy to oversleep.
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I do inside cabins alot, just returned from 21 days on the Sea Princess in an inside cabin.
I'm going to do back to backs in the Med which will amount to 24 days in an inside, not a problem. I'm pretty sure I'll go with RCI this time and even though I sailed in a balcony cabin on the Brilliance before, I'll still do the inside.
I just can't justify the added expense for the amount of time I'm in my cabin.
We were on the beautiful Jewel last September. We had an inside stateroom and we felt comfortable in it. We did not spend much time in the room as there are so many wonderful areas on the ship. At night we keep the bathroom light on and the door slightly open. We like to cruise 2 times a year and the inside state room makes this more affordable.
We usually book an inside cabin due to the cost. As the previous poster said, leave the bathroom light on and the door ajar and it won't be so dark at night. We also leave the tv on when in the cabin tuned to the channel that shows the view from the front of the ship. This helps to give us a good feeling of what is going on outside.
We really don't spend enough time in our cabin to feel like we are being deprived!
Well I have done insides, oceanviews, balconies and atriums-have not done a suite though-I always have a good time on a cruise-no matter the cabin. When I book an inside as opposed to a balcony-I spend a little more time up on the lido.
Sometimes we book 2 cabins so hubby and I can have privacy-when we do that we book 2 insides- when we book a balcony, the daughter is with us in the cabin.
I will say this too-I feel an oceanview is a waste of money-if I cannot get a balcony I settle for the inside cabin.
The inside does have a couple of good things about it-you can sleep to 3 in the afternoon if you want in an inside-no sun to wake you up.
So I say if this makes the cruise affordable for you-as we all know Europe will be more expensive as you have those plane tickets to purchase-go for it-you can always do a caribbean cruise with a balcony another time-but if your finances are like mine-Europe may be something you can only afford every 5-10 yrs. or so. So I say go for it.