8 Reasons Why Choosing an Inside Cabin is Perfect For a Cruise

My favourite kind of holiday is without a doubt taking a cruise, but I know some of you out there still need some convincing.  I’ve been been browsing lots of last minute cruise deals recently, simply itching to click book and it got me thinking about our first cruise.  We explored the Mediterranean while sailing on a Marella Cruise inside cabin, and it was literally our favourite holiday ever.  It got me thinking about all the reasons why booking an inside cabin for a cruise is a great idea and I thought they would help you out if you are still undecided.

It’s Your First Cruise

When we booked our first cruise, we chose an inside cabin because we weren’t sure if we were going to like the holiday or not.  We booked a last minute cruise for 2 people and it cost around £1300.  We felt that for that price it was worth giving a cruise a go, and if we didn’t like it we hadn’t spent a fortune on the holiday.

family cruise

Good Value For Money

We learnt from our Marella Cruise that booking an inside cabin was excellent value for money if you are travelling on a budget.  We had access to exactly the same facilities as all the other cruisers, including the All Inclusive Dining, onboard entertainment, room service and swimming pools.  In fact, when we compared prices with some guests over dinner, they were surprised at how much we had managed to save.

How Much Time Will You Spend in Your Cabin?

One of the reasons that an inside cabin is such a great choice is that we found we really didn’t spend that much time in there apart from sleeping and getting ready.  We were either out exploring the ports of call in the daytime, or enjoying the pool or ship’s entertainment programme.  There’s so much to do on a cruise holiday, that you can save big here if you want to.

Nap Anytime

Being woken up by the sunlight is never an issue in an inside cabin as with the lights out, you would never know what time of day it is.  If you like a siesta then something like the Norwegian Cruise Inside Stateroom could be perfect for you.

top deck cruise ship with water slides and swimming pool

More Money For Other Things

After we went to the ship’s welcome meeting, we decided that we would book some of the shore excursions on our cruise.  Because we hadn’t spent a lot of money on our inside cabin, we could splash out a bit in this area.  Saving money on your cruise cabin could also mean more money for spa treatments, onboard shopping or visiting the casino.

They Are a Great Option for Solo Cruisers

When I took a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line, we were given a tour of the Studio inside cabins for solo travellers onboard the Norwegian Epic.  These rooms we super stylish and well equipped for a single traveller and you got to avoid the one person supplement too!  There’s also private access to a lounge and bar for solo guests.  Studio cabins are available onboard the Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Bliss and Pride of America as well.

An Inside Cabin with a View

Not all inside cabins are windowless voids, and if you are looking to sail on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas® then you could be in for a real treat.  The world’s largest cruise ship offers inside cabins with balcony’s overlooking the bustling Boardwalk area or the more serene Central Park view, it’s just a matter of which takes your fancy.

So there you have it, inside cruise cabins could be the perfect introduction to a wonderful new holiday experience for you or a way of making your cruise budget go a bit further.  Given all there is to see and do onboard a ship, inside cabins are often the sensible choice!


Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. June 27, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    Great post, Zena – I’ve never been on a cruise, but I’d always thought I’d want an outward facing cabin. But like you say, you don’t spend that much time in the cabin, and the money could be better spent elsewhere. This is food for thought…

  2. ann goody
    June 27, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    Hi, I have done over 50 cruises and have had a wide variety of cabins. Suites, Balcony Outside and Inside. Balcony and suite for special times and inside and outside is for when you cruise 3 times a year. Generally, the money you save is you spending money for the whole cruise. Think about it! Some destinations, Hawaii and FJords demand a view!

  3. Morocco Holidays
    August 6, 2018 / 6:29 am

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