Does Stateroom Position Matter?
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You might think your biggest challenge when booking a cruise holiday (especially if it’s your first one) is which type of stateroom to pick, rather than where your stateroom is located within the ship.

Obviously it’s important to decide whether you’d be best suited to an inside cabin without a window or a luxurious suite with a balcony, or something in between but choosing your location within the ship is important too.

Inside Cabin

It’s nice and convenient to be located near the ship’s elevators to make getting around quick and easy, especially if you’re on board one of the larger cruise ships.

It’s worth bearing in mind however that there will be a decent volume of people passing up and down these lifts all day and the majority of the night. If you’re a light sleeper and don’t want to be disturbed then it’s probably wise to pick a stateroom a little further away from the elevators.

You might be tempted to pick a stateroom on the floor beneath the ‘Lido Deck’. This is the deck which traditionally contains the swimming pool, the buffet restaurant and sometimes the on board gym so you might think it would be convenient to be located near it.

However, this means there will be people coming and going at all times of the day and you might be bothered by the noises of sunbeds scraping, children running around and the occasional late night deck party hosted by the cruise ship. This definitely won’t be conducive to a good night’s sleep before a day exploring a new port of call!

Staterooms towards the front of the ship on the lower decks are usually best avoided too. They might seem like an attractive proposition as they will be away from the busy decks and the hustle and bustle however, this is the area of the ship that is subject to the most motion when the ship is sailing.

You may also even be able to hear waves crash against the hull of the ship as it moves towards its next destination.

Front of the ship

If you suffer from motion sickness or are worried about feeling sea sick during your cruise holiday then it’s best to pick a mid-ship stateroom as this is the most stable area within a ship.

If it’s anything like the fourteen cruises I’ve previously sailed upon then you’ll find that most of the time it’ll be such plain sailing that you’ll feel as though you’re not even on a cruise ship the majority of the time!

One of the best ways to pick a good stateroom is to look for one that is surrounded on all sides by other staterooms, including the above and below decks. This will probably mean you’ll be in a quiet location, unless your neighbours like to play loud music!

Images courtesy of www.msccruises.com

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Which Stateroom will Suit Me?
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When booking a cruise holiday there is a vast array of different cabin types to choose from so it can be hard to pick the one that is right for you, especially if you have never cruised before and have no real idea what you will need and want from your stateroom. As your cabin will be your home away from home for the duration of your cruise holiday, it’s worth carefully considering what you need and expect from it in order to make the correct decision.

When I embark on cruise holidays, I normally always opt for an inside or outside cabin without a balcony as I don’t spend a lot of time in my cabin. I just use it to sleep and get ready for the day or evening ahead. Below: RCI Splendour of the Seas Inside cabin.

RCI Splendour of the Seas Inside Stateroom

I much prefer to spend my time either exploring ashore, or in some of the public areas of the ship, such as one of the decks if it’s warm and sunny or attending one of the many activities taking place around the ship. Below P&O Azura Outside Stateroom.

P&O Azura Outside Stateroom

Inside and outside cabins are generally around the same size, which is quite small compared to hotel rooms on land, but if you are only using your cabin as a base for your clothes and other belongings and a place to sleep then they definitely fit the purpose and are suitable for people travelling on a budget.

For those who like to spend time relaxing in the comfort of their stateroom then a cabin with a window or port hole, or even a balcony would definitely be the best option. Having your own private balcony allows you to sit and watch the world go whilst enjoying the privacy of your own space. Below NCL Cruises Epic Balcony Stateroom.

NCL Epic Balcony Stateroom

It can also be the perfect place to sit if the ship is sailing into a particularly beautiful port, such as Kotor in Montenegro, as on occasions such as this the decks can become rather crowded with people trying to enjoy the view. You’ll get a great view from your balcony and be able to enjoy it in peace and quiet.

Adjoining cabins can be a great solution for families with teenagers and also groups travelling together, as it means everyone can enjoy a bit of privacy and space but you are safe in the knowledge that they are just through the door. This could be preferable to sleeping with three or four people in the one cabin, as this can become quite cramped unless you opt for a bigger cabin, a suite perhaps.

If you’re  celebrating a special occasion, or simply fancy treating yourself then a suite could be perfect. Most ships have a few different sizes of suites with extra special touches. Suites are always larger than other cabins, which is great if you like spacious accommodation. Most suites have separate living rooms and almost always have balconies. Most ships also offer butler services in their most high end suites- surely the ultimate in luxury!

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