Cruise Cabins - Frequently Asked Questions

The intention here is to answer questions about cruise cabins!

If you're completely new to cruise holidays you've probably already discovered that booking your first ever cruise can be a bit daunting. There are so many new things you need to learn in order to get your booking just right, and one of the most difficult aspects of a cruise can be choosing the right cabin for you.

Once you understand the lingo and the different cabins that are available though, you'll be off to a flying start so you can make headway with your booking.


Let's start with the basics...


What is a cabin?

You can look at a cabin as your hotel room on the cruise ship. Don't expect anything too big though, as cruise cabins are generally pretty small. This is because cruise ships transport huge numbers of people and in order to save space the cabins are only are big as they need to be.


Though your cabin may end up being small, you'll still have enough room to store your belongings and get a good night's sleep!


And what's a stateroom?

That's just another term for a cabin, so you might see the two interchanged on websites and in brochures.


How big are cabins?

This really all depends on which cruise line you're sailing with. For instance, Carnival Cruises boasts some of the largest standard cabin sizes available, with most starting at 185 square feet. Some of the smallest on the market are just 150 square feet though!


If you want to splash out and get yourself a penthouse cabin (they really exist!) you could end up with a 200 square foot stateroom that has its own private balcony. These can be quite expensive though.


How many people can sleep in a cabin?

Most cruise lines have cabins that can sleep up to four people, with a combination of double beds, bunk beds, single beds, sofa beds and foldaway cots that can be provided by the cruise line.


However, if you're cruising with four or more people it can generally be advisable to go for one of the larger cabins so that everyone can enjoy a bit of space. There are double and even single cabins available as well.


Here’s a tip – you can tell how many people the cabin sleeps by the ‘berth’. For example, a 2 berth cabin will sleep two people; a three berth cabin will sleep three people, and so on.


Will I get a view?

Cruise cabins only come with views if they’re referred to as ‘outside cabins’. This just means they’re placed on the outer section of the ship and have a porthole or picture window that allows you to look out to sea.


Inside cabins are situated within the middle of the ship and don’t have windows, which means they can be much cheaper than outside cabins. It’s up to you which you’d prefer, but if you’re trying to save money you might want to consider an inside cabin.


Will the location of my cabin give me seasickness?

In some cases, yes. If you're prone to seasickness you should choose a cabin that's located closer to the middle of the ship and which is quite low down. This minimises the amount of rolling and pitching that you'll be able to feel.


Are cruise cabins soundproofed?

Not really. This isn't such a problem if your cabin is located away from the public areas of the ship, such as the lido deck. However, the suits and penthouse cabins are usually situated just below the lido deck (as this area of the ship affords the best balcony views), so they can sometimes be a little noisy. To minimize the amount of noise, choose a cabin that's vertically sandwiched between other cabins so they act as a buffer.


Knowing which cabin to choose can seem incredibly confusing to first-time cruisers, but with a little bit of research and some practice you’ll soon be able to book cabins with the greatest of ease.

This article was provided by Aurora Johnson on behalf of, a company offering Cunard Cruises,  P&O cruises, Silversea cruises and many others.

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