Despite recent cabin advancements on newer ships, there are still basically four main stateroom types: insides, outsides, balconies and suites. We here at Cruise Critic often debate among ourselves which is best. Our recent poll, which drew more than 5,500 votes on the subject, put one type clearly ahead of all others when it comes to booking frequency.
What we asked: When I cruise, I usually book a/an ___.
What they said: Nearly 61 percent say they almost always book balcony cabins. Another 18 percent go with insides. A further 12 percent opt for oceanviews, and the remaining 10 percent go the suite route.
What it all means: While cabin choice certainly depends on a number of factors — like pricing and how much time each cruiser plans to spend in his or her cabin — it seems balconies are the clear winner here.
On Facebook, Cindy Bagwell sums it up thusly: “Depends on the cruise. Alaska would be balcony, Caribbean would be inside. If I make it for a European, that too would be balcony.”
Others, however, are stalwart. Jacki Liptak is a verandah advocate. She explains, “We cruise for the OCEAN and what better way to enjoy it than from your own personal space?”
Lyn Hammond, who books interior staterooms, says, “Inside…daily showers….afternoon rest…nightly sleep..only time I’m in the cabin. I live life on deck!” Shelley Treherne Chrystal and Pat Patterson agree. Shelley uses her savings to go on more cruises, and Pat uses his to supplement his bar tab. (We like how you think!)
Still others say they go with outsides, which offer views that are less expensive than those afforded by balconies, and suites for the extra perks.
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