So can I get by if I can only afford an inside stateroom?  The answer may surprise you.  Just because you can only afford an inside stateroom does not mean all is lost.  There some inside staterooms that are larger than others with some pretty neat features.  Check these out:


Best Standard Inside Cabin

Winner: Carnival Cruise Lines‘ Standard Insides, 185 square feet

What You Get: Carnival, that everyman cruise line, does not feel that those who pay less for inside cabins should suffer in tiny digs. While other lines average about 140 square feet of cabin to those booking the lowest category of inside cabin, Carnival starts off with a whopping 185 square feet. (A close runner-up, size-wise, is Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice class, with insides starting at 183 square feet.)

Just like their suite-living shipmates, passengers in Carnival’s standard insides get bathrobes for on-ship use, flat-screen TVs, and very comfy beds and bedding. Carnival’s newest ship, Carnival Breeze, adds some nifty storage options, such as bureau shelves that fold down or up for custom space.

Best Inside Cabin with a Virtual View

Winner: Royal Caribbean’s Virtual Balcony cabins, from 101 square feet.  See photo above.

What You Get: These industry-first Virtual Balcony inside cabins come equipped with 82-inch LED, HD, floor-to-ceiling screens that stream real-time views and sounds of the sea and ports — everything but the ocean breeze — right into passengers’ rooms. Every single interior stateroom (nearly 400 of them) aboard the line’s newest ships (Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas) feature the virtual balconies — including the single-occupancy Studio (measuring 101 square feet), Standard Interior (166 square feet) and Large Interior staterooms (measuring 178 to 187 square feet). Navigator of the Seas was also refurbished to offer 81 interior Virtual Balcony staterooms, measuring 150 square feet apiece.

Best Special Inside Family Cabin

Winner: Royal Caribbean’s Family Interior Staterooms, 324 square feet

What You Get: You can squeeze a family of four in a regular inside cabin, but it isn’t pretty. If you’ve got a family of five or six, you could book two cabins — or nab one of Royal Caribbean’s special Family Interior cabins instead. The biggest we found are on Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas; they sleep up to six on two twin beds that convert into a queen, a pullout sofa for two and a double Pullman bed. (Oasis-class family insides have a separate bunk room for the kiddos, but are significantly smaller at 260 square feet.)

The cabins feature plenty of storage space, but only have one bathroom. Mom and Dad, consider leaving the bathroom squabbles to the young’uns and shower at the spa…

So don’t eliminate the possibility of a cruise just because you cannot afford a balcony or a suit.  You sill have lots of options and remember, you probably wont do much more that sleep in your room.  If you have an experience about stateroom, I would love to hear about it and will send you 2 nights accommodation in Las Vegas.

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