Welcome to Cabin Week! Every day this week, we’ll be highlighting our cabin-themed content, giving you great tips on everything from choosing the right cabin to getting upgrades and making a small stateroom feel more homey. Look for new blogs every day on the Lido Deck, as well as our best advice in our Ultimate Guide to Cruise Ship Cabins.
Many new cruisers are intimidated by the wide variety of cruise ship accommodation choices, not knowing which cabin type is best. Even experienced cruisers may be wondering if they’ve been making the right choices or if they’re better off upgrading — or saving money by downgrading – their typical cabin picks. To help you make that decision, we’ve created a quiz in the style of those popular teen-magazine quizzes we remember from our youth. While we can’t tell you if your dream cruise companion likes you or LIKE likes you, our quiz could just make that stateroom choice a little easier.
Just read these 10 questions and jot down the number of the answers that best fit you.
A. On sea days, I:
- Rush around with my highlighted daily planner, trying to do everything
- Like to try out a few activities, then seek out a quiet spot for me time
- Prefer to sleep in, get room service, then lounge on my own private veranda and never see a soul
B. My favorite place to eat onboard is:
- The buffet
- The main dining room
- The steakhouse or other alternative venue
C. On port days, I:
- Grab my guidebook and explore independently
- Share a taxi or private guide with people I met on the Roll Call
- Book the best shore excursions to see as much as possible
D. My cruise budget is:
- Limited – I save for months and search for the best deal I can find
- Average – I’ve got money to spend but I can’t go wild
- Wide open – I don’t care how much it costs as long as it’s the best
E. When I pack for a cruise, I:
- Bring only what’s necessary and fit it all into a carry-on
- Like to take an array of clothing from swimsuits to formalwear to a rain jacket just in case
- Lug aboard mammoth suitcases because I have to have several options for every day, all with matching accessories and shoes
F. At home, my family says I’m:
- Neat as a pin
- Somewhat messy, but I always pick up after myself
- A whirlwind – leaving a trail of belongings in my wake
G. If I had a butler for my stateroom:
- I would have no idea what to tell him to do
- It might be nice if he brought afternoon canapés to my cabin
- I would plan a cocktail party for my new friends onboard and never have to pack or unpack my suitcases
H. Which of these statements best identifies you?
- I can sleep anywhere, under any circumstances
- I love to gaze for hours out at the sea
- I get claustrophobic in small spaces
I. I’m traveling with:
- Myself or a friend
- My significant other, or my significant other and our small child
- A large family or friend group
J. When getting ready for the evening, I:
- Don’t need to get ready. I’m already ready
- Need a shower and a few minutes in front of the mirror
- Need plenty of time for primping and dressing, and so does my travel companion
Tally your points and see where you fit.
10 – 16 Points: Entertain an Inside Cabin
You love to get out and experience new activities and places, so you’re hardly ever in your cabin. Your low-key, independent travel style and ability to navigate successfully in small spaces prove you’ll be happy in any living situation. So save your cash for that once-in-a-lifetime shore excursion and book a low-category inside cabin.
Not all insides are created equal. Discover your options in our story, The 8 Best Cruise Ship Inside Cabins … and 3 to Avoid.
17 – 23 Points: Book a Balcony Stateroom
You like some balance in your vacation – a blend of interactive activities and some rejuvenating downtime. You may spend your time out and about, but an afternoon nap or some quiet time watching the waves sounds like bliss. Take the middle road, and book yourself a cabin with a private balcony.
And if you want a balcony that’s a bit out of the norm, try one of these 14 Unusual Cruise Ship Balcony Cabins.
24 – 30 Point: Splurge on a Suite
Even if you could put up with teeming crowds, your large personality needs plenty of cabin space for all your bags and belongings, souvenirs, and onboard entertaining – both of newfound friends and your travelmates. If you’re going to spend a good chunk of vacation time in your stateroom, don’t settle for anything less than a spacious suite.
If you want the best of the best, check out our picks for The 13 Best Cruise Ship Suites.
Find cabin-related tips and advice in our Ultimate Guide to Cruise Ship Cabins.
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