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Okay – so you’ve decided to book a cruise (great!) – Now, you get to select a stateroom, therein lies the challenge.

While an “inside” cabin (no window/porthole) is generally the most cost-effective – it may not be the best choice for you – especially if you’re given to “claustrophobia” - if so, consider up-grading to an “outside” – the window/porthole tends to make the room feel more spacious (airy) – with a view of the horizon – very handy in case of “bumpy seas.”

Do you like to rest peacefully rather than hang with the crowd by the pool? If so, a “balcony” might be your best choice! You can step outside into your own “space.”

Cruise ships offer several options in staterooms – (some as many as 20 “categories” (confused?) While some cabins are larger than others, they all generally contain the same amenities – twin beds (convert to queen), dressing table/writing desk, private bath, closed-circuit television, etc. – BUT – on the upside, suites offer such “goodies” as walk-in closets, “soaking” tubs, and lots of extra space. Such“luxury” is above the budgets of most cruisers – heck Lorraine has never booked above balcony class – “It can be ‘spensive, Lucy”!

Once you’ve decided which type of stateroom you wish to book - WHERE?

Are you prone to “mal de mer?” Then mid-ship lower deck may be your best choice – more stability and less “ocean motion.” Like to sleep-in? If so, you might want to steer clear of a room near elevators or stairwells. Check the ship’s deck plan – you don’t want to be over the disco – or the engine room - (been there/done those – LOL)!

Booking a “guaranteed” stateroom can save you a few bucks – you choose the type – but not the location (that will be assigned by the cruise line prior to sailing.) Have done that a few times and the results have been most satisfactory. In fact, that’s how Lorraine discovered the 24 hour coffee and “munchie bar” only 2 floors below – yum – pizza at 3 a.m. – It don’t get any better ‘n that!

Moral of the story – CRUISE! If you just want a place to hang your clothes, shower and sleep, an inside cabin will do you just fine! If you want to “blow the budget” on a once-in-a-lifetime experience – go for the biggest suite!

But, remember – whatever and wherever the stateroom you select – unlike Titanic, the food, attractions, and entertainment are the same for all – ENJOY!!!

Article written by Lorraine Highseas

Certified cruisaholic who’s sole purpose is to help you enjoy one of life’s greatest things to its fullest. Check out her Facebook page by clicking here.

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