"There is no moment of delight in any journey like the beginning of it!" ~Anonymous~
Indeed, this fact is very wisely quoted. There can be nothing more delightfully reassuring than being allotted the best cruise cabin as you embark on your cruising holiday. Although the cabins look similar to the naked eye, they do vary. You can choose wisely as per your personal requirements and budget. Here is how you can choose the perfect cruise cabin to ensure a pleasant journey.
Selecting Perfect Cruise Cabin
It is common knowledge that holiday cruises are always in demand. If you have opted for a cruise trip for your vacation, then it is time for you to start selecting the most appropriate cruise cabin for your family. Fortunately, there are enough cabins to suit your specific requirements. Here is what you need to consider before you pick out your cruise cabin.
Cruise ships usually have cabins with different tariffs on separate decks. Cabins on higher decks have a better view. Therefore, these cabins happen to be some of the costliest on the entire ship. Similarly, cruise ships have cabins in various sizes with different standards of services and accessories to suit our holiday budget. There are cabins that face the front side, rear, as well as sideways with a clear view of the ocean. As a thumb rule, you may expect a very high tariff on cabins facing the ocean. While cabins located in the central part of the deck tend to be cheaper since they do not offer an ocean view. Cabins located on the lower decks are the cheapest, but you need to brace yourself against the sound of the turbines of the ship. If you are looking for a special suite, say a honeymoon suite with a dedicated butler, private pool, etc then the prices may soar to a very high level. However, such suites are worth every dollar spent!
Cruise cabins cannot be expected to be as huge and extravagant as a regular hotel room. Except for suite cabins, most of the cabins do not exceed 200 sq. ft in their total size. This cabin size is generally meant to include the balcony adjoining the cabin. So if you are going to be on the cruise for a long time, it is best to consult the website of the cruise for cabin dimensions. Alternately, you might have to pack as light as possible to enjoy maximum cabin space comfortably.
There are so many passengers who opt for a cruise vacation for Christmas and new year's eve so as to enjoy the dance and parties taking place as part of the cruise attractions. However, there are several passengers who wish to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing vacation on a cruise ship. If you are one of them, I suggest that you avoid cruise cabins located directly below the restaurants, dance clubs, or a very crowded deck of the cruise ship. Similarly, cabins located near the ship's elevators or the atrium are likely to have the most footfall, thereby making it a very noisy area. Ideally, search for a cabin that has other cabins above as well as below it. A cabin located at the extreme end of the passage is the safest bet, although it might require you to walk a long way each time you wish to access the attractions aboard the cruise.
Cabins with the Best View
Ideally, higher cruise cabins are said to have a better view of the ocean. However, make sure to choose the ideal position of the cabin too. A cabin located at the very front of the ship may offer some excellent views but will tend to be too windy as the ship cuts across the sea. The safest bet is to go for a cabin with a side view or a rear view. However, most cruise ships have very limited cabins towards the rear. You can fetch a rear facing cabin if you start booking well in advance. Similarly, be choosy with cabins with side views. Very often, there are lifeboats attached to the balcony railing of these cabins, which are likely to obstruct the view. Make sure to check with the cruise company or the website about selecting a cabin without any visual obstruction.
Cabins for Families
You might be traveling on the cruise ship all by yourself or with your partner. At such a time, all you need to do is choose a room to suit your requirements, such as going in for a single or a double bed cabin. Similarly, if you're traveling with many family members, there are options to choose adjoining cabins that have connecting doors. If you are traveling with a child, choose a cabin that's equipped with a convertible sofa in addition to a double bed.
It is quite common for people to feel seasick during long cruise voyages. Moreover, this nausea and discomfort is pertinent to people opting for cruise cabins on higher decks than lower decks. This is because, the swaying effect of the ship is felt more on the higher decks than the lower ones. So if you or any of your family members have a tendency to feel seasick, it is best to opt for cabins located on the lower decks.
These are some of the specifications that one must look for when selecting the ideal cruise cabin. However, it is always safe to be an early bird and finish your booking process well in advance so as to get a wide choice of cabins and avoid last-minute disappointments. Once done, you can start planning and packing for your cruise vacation.