An inside cabin on a
cruise ship is one that has no exterior window or porthole because it’s located
in the ship’s interior. They are the cheapest cabin category.
Inside cabins can be a
good choice. Passengers who spend little time in their cabins might be
perfectly satisfied to forego natural light, and inside cabins will save money.
Also, recent design changes to inside cabins on many ships are making them a
more attractive proposition than they once were. For example, some have virtual
windows or portholes, while others offer special access to the ship’s spa or
Here are some of the
best inside cabins on the high seas.
If you’re on one of this
company’s five Solstice-class ships, an inside cabin won’t cramp your style:
they range in size from 17 to 18.5 square metres and fit in all the regular
comforts, including a minibar, safe, flat-screen TV and premium, all-cotton
bedding. They can be used by families, as some have a sofa bed and others
Pullman bunk beds. Solstice-class ships also have six expansive, 22-square-metre
accessible inside cabins designed for wheelchair users, with automatic cabin
doors, ramps and roll-in showers.
Holland America has both
large and standard inside cabins on most of its ships, including 18 on the new Koningsdam that launches in April 2016. If
you go for the Large Interior Stateroom, there’s a lot to satisfy, including
18.5 square metres of space and cheerful décor. Some even have L-shaped layouts
that separate living and sleeping spaces, so check out deck plans before you
book. Cabins have all the amenities you expect, plus Sealy mattresses, Elemis
bathroom products, and turndown and shoeshine services. The sofa converts into
a second bed for the kids.
For variety and
innovation in inside cabins, RCI is really on the ball, and offers around a
dozen category choices. Among them, its largest Family Interior Staterooms are
30 square metres and sleep up to six, while Virtual Balcony and Virtual View
rooms (on Quantum-class ships plus Navigator
of the Seas) feature almost floor-to-ceiling, flat-panel screens that show
real-time views of the ocean and passing destinations. There are also Promenade
and Promenade Family Staterooms across many ships, which don’t overlook the
ocean, but have windows facing the spacious Royal Promenade down the centre of
When it comes to
standard inside cabins, Carnival is hard to beat. They provide the same service
and amenities as any other cabin, such as turndown, bathrobes and a safe. Many
sleep up to four guests, are wheelchair accessible and interconnecting. Best of
all is their roomy size, starting at a tad over 17 square metres, the same size
as its balcony cabins (not including the balcony) and noticeably bigger than
some of the smaller inside offerings on other cruise lines. Some of Carnival’s
ships have inside spa cabins near Cloud 9 Spa, with complimentary spa access.